Planning Tip #2: The Importance of Making A Wedding Budget
Yоur wеdding budgеt iѕ one of the most important decisions you will make, as it will affect every other decision that you’re faced with. From how many guests you can invite, to your catering, location, decor, and even how much you spend on your dress! I would suggest you and your fiancé take some time to decide who’s paying for what upfront. Financial conversations can often feel - and be - stressful. But now, more than ever before it’s important to make sure you’re on the same page and working together as a team. While you may come from a traditional family where who’s paying for what is very clearly defined, many couples today are paying themselves or making alternative arrangements. What’s very important though is to set a budget up-front and to not deviate from it. The more you begin the planning process, the more you’ll be enticed by bigger, fancier things - and the sky is truly the limit on how much you can spend. So it’s better for everyone involved if you agree to a number and stick to it.
We’ll be publishing some more blog posts soon on how to make a wedding budget (as well as some nifty free downloads for you to use), but for now just try and start the process.
As you begin, my biggest piece of advice is to discuss with your fiancé what the number one most important thing to both of you is. If it’s being able to invite however many guests you want, then know you may have to sacrifice and make the catering and decor simpler. If you want to get married at a certain location and they have a strict fire-code cap on how many people can attend, then you may have to make some hard decisions about who can you invite. It doesn’t matter what you decide is most important, so long as you decide together…and stick with it. There may be some hard choices ahead, but don’t forget to have fun with the process, and that whether you’re spending $1,000 or $1,000,000+ on your day, what matters most is that you’re making a commitment to the person of your dreams, and are there to celebrate this next exciting chapter with your friends, family and community. And ultimately that love matters more than whether or not your wedding looks straight out of a magazine (though we will be posting more on that soon!).