How to Start a Wedding Budget

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:

  1. Venue
  2. Catering
  3. Officiant fee
  4. DJ / Band
  5. Wedding Gown and accessories / Groom’s attire
  6. Wedding rings
  7. Invitations
  8. Flowers
  9. Marriage license
  10. 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!

 

 

 

Unique Save-the-Date Ideas

Are you tired of traditional save-the-date cards?  Looking for a unique way to let your guests know an invitation awaits? Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

 Enhance Your Theme

Your save-the-date is the first glimpse into the theme of your wedding.  Set the tone by selecting an option that represents your style! If you are getting married at a vineyard, perhaps engraved wedding corks are the way to go.

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Or, if your style leans on the side of rustic, think of an option that will match your décor.

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Video

Announce your wedding date with video instead!  Videos are a fun, personalized way to save some cash and material goods.  Be sure you include all the vital details and add a sweet, romantic touch too.  Here is a useful resource to help you get started: Animoto.com.

 

Tote Bags

Everyone can use an extra tote bag!  Plus, your guests can use them to carry personal items to all your wedding festivities.

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Magnets

Magnetic save-the-dates are very popular option that never go out of style.  Plus, they are quite functional. Every time your guest posts their grocery list to the fridge, they will have a friendly reminder of your special day! How romantic.

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Save-the-dates are the first step in letting your guests know what’s to come.  This small detail is especially helpful for your out of town guests.  So, while you are planning and creating, make it personal and have fun!