It comes as no surprise that planning the happiest day of your life can come with a lot of stress. Most of those uneasy feelings come from this big issue: budgeting for your wedding. Luckily, there are many tricks that you can use while planning that can help you stay within budget and even save money!
First and most importantly, before any planning commences, you and your fiancé must determine an exact budget. This number should be the very maximum that you are willing to spend on your wedding and all that comes with it. This will be your reference point during all of your planning from here on out. Secondly, and still very important, is to make a master list. This list should contain every item and person you will need to purchase, rent, or book for your big day. You should also make a note next to each item about who will be paying for it. Are you paying out of pocket for the entire wedding or are your parents and/or your fiancé’s helping out? By including these details on your master list, it will help you to organize, prioritize, and stay within your overall budget.
It is also a great idea to create a sample breakdown of the wedding budget. Use your best estimating skills to determine how much will be spent on each area. It may be best to overestimate each part of the breakdown in order to give yourself some wiggle room. After making all your guesstimates, it is time to start making some calls and setting up appointments to get actual estimates for these prices. It is in your best interest to get multiple quotes from different companies, in order to receive the most competitive and best price for all your wedding needs.
One of the biggest tips when creating your wedding budget breakdown is not to forget about all the odds and ends that go along with your wedding attire, as well as your fiancé’s. These things usually fall by the wayside because couples are most concerned with the bridal gown and tuxedo. Remember, you both need shoes and you may both need alterations on either your gown or his tuxedo or suit. Also, remember to incorporate the cost of a veil, purse, and jewelry this way there are no surprises.
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