Congratulations, you are finally engaged and we know you are eager to jump into planning! But, before you get too far ahead, make sure that your dream wedding and your wallet are in sync. This is the most dreaded part of the process, but we can help you get started with a few simple steps.
How much do you have available to spend?
Perhaps you have been saving since you and the groom started dating, or maybe now it is time to begin. Keep in mind, that sometimes there are resources available to help fund your special day. Are your parents, future in-laws, grandparents, or anyone else planning to offer a contribution? If so, make sure you know what to expect before you start spending their cash too! Also, tread lightly when asking for money from family. Be sure that you use a tactful approach and be understanding if they are not willing or able to help.
Prioritize the “must haves”
If your wedding can’t take place without a chocolate fountain, we understand. Just make sure that you have a list of the other “must haves” before you sign a contract with the vendor. It is possible that certain details can cost more than originally anticipated. Here is a guide of wedding and reception necessities that should be accounted for:
- Officiant fee
- DJ / Band
- Wedding Gown and accessories / Groom’s attire
- Wedding rings
- Marriage license
- Photographer / Videographer
Start Crunching Numbers
Now that you have a list of what should be included, get a general idea of what each item will cost and create a spreadsheet. Then you can add personal details where you see fit, or downscale the things you can live without. Choosing a few DIY options will allow flexibility to add funds in other areas too. Just make sure you anticipate any hidden wedding costs that may surprise you!
It is important to understand that your wedding is unique. Your budget will not look like any other. Be creative and add a personal flare that your guests will remember!