Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Budgeting for Your Wedding

I have one word for budgeting: PRIORITIZE

Every wedding is on a least, it should have some type of guideline to the amount of money that will be spent. Otherwise what inevitably ends up happening is OVER-spending. And for most, that isn't a good feeling.

So, sit down and make a list of the most important aspects of your wedding and splurge your budget on those. Everything else doesn't matter to you anyway to skimp out on those parts. For example, for those who love florals and decor (ahem) should spend away on dec'n out their wedding hall with as many blooming beauties as their heart desires. But if the floral decor is super low on the priority list, don't be afraid to DIY it....or substitute it all together with some fun functional alternative like mini cakes.

Is it really that simple? Yes!

This concept of prioritizing also applies within each category. Going back to the floral decor example: Let's say the florals are number 1 on the list but you realize that the reception decor is so much more important to you than the ceremony decor. Again, pour your budget into the reception and not so much in the ceremony. Can you just imagine what an impact that will make for the most important part of your wedding rather than spreading out the budget into everything? If you're not sure where flowers and decor will make the most impact, ask your trusted, experienced designer for advice and they will certainly be able to help you maximize your budget.

PS - If you find yourself getting distracted with all the pretty knick-knacks in the low priority part of the list and your tempted to purchase, go back to the list and remind yourself what is important. Get your focus back on track and your budgeting will follow.

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