Congratulations on your engagement! You're probably deep in the throes of gathering Pinterest inspiration, while also attempting to do research and make decisions about your wedding plans. Nevermind trying to do all of this while sticking to a budget! Many couples will tell you that sticking to the wedding budget is one of the hardest parts of planning the big day, and it's pretty true.
If you want to make sure that you don't go overboard with your spending, you'll need the following five things to get you to the finish line without breaking the bank. So before you fall down the proverbial rabbit hole that is wedding planning, make sure to take a moment to ensure you have them covered.
1. A Clear Vision
Before you start booking a single vendor or reserving a venue for your big day, you need to sit down and get clear about your vision for your wedding. Take a seat with your soon-to-be-spouse and discuss the various thoughts, feelings, and emotions you want your day to convey. Do you picture a large, lively party or do you think that a more intimate gathering suits you best? Do you envision tying the knot beneath the stars on the beach or inside a grand cathedral? Discuss your mutual vision for the day and use it to help guide your decisions along the way.
2. Defined Priorities
Once you've taken the time to discuss your vision, you need to define your priorities. Consider all the various aspects, items, and tasks associated with the wedding day. (There's a super thorough list in my new book, The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer).Decide which areas of the wedding day are the most important to you, whether it's the photography, the food, or the reception entertainment. You'll likely end up putting more of your budget towards the areas of higher importance to you and your partner, so let your priorities be your guide!
Next on the list of must-haves for sticking to your budget is organization. You're going to want to have a system of some sort for recording your expenses, keeping track of your payments, and the like. You need to know where each dollar of your budget is going in order to ensure that you don't overspend, so find a system that works for you. Perhaps you'd like to use a spreadsheet or a wedding planning app, or maybe you prefer to physically write things down with pen and paper. No matter your method, just make sure you utilize it fully and thoroughly!
Another thing you'll need to successfully stay on budget is flexibility. Consider the fact that you may end up spending a bit more in certain areas than you planned. Maybe you fell in love with a dress that was slightly out of your price range– that's okay! If you can find other areas of your wedding budget to borrow from to make up the difference, you can still come in under your goal price. Just remember to keep track of everything as we mentioned in item #3 so that you know how much you have left to work with, and from where funds need to be reallocated.
The final piece of the budget puzzle is sheer determination and focus! It's not an easy task when you are flooded with inspiration from wedding magazines, lavish celebrity affairs, or even pressure from family and friends. It can feel like you need to “Keep up with the Joneses” when it comes to your wedding plans. But just remember, your wedding is yours. Your budget is yours. It's based on your own lifestyle, financial circumstances, and personal priorities. So stay focused and stay in your lane to plan the wedding day that is perfect for the two of you!
I hope this advice helps you in your wedding planning journey and gives you the kick in the pants you need to stick to your chosen budget! For more budget-savvy tips and tricks, visit my website TheBudgetSavvyBride.com or pick up a copy of my book The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer, available now!
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