First thing first, this post is not about typical wedding budget advices.
I won’t tell you how much things should cost. Or where to get the cheapest deals possible. But to give you a new perspective. And show you the new way to effectively manage and save your wedding budget.
What’s in the wedding budget?
The wedding budget is the total amount of money you set to cover for everything in your wedding. This can include a venue, wedding attires, decors, flowers, food, rental items, wedding planner, wedding stylist, entertainment, etc.
The list can go on forever, depend on personal requirement.
While managing finance is not a comfortable task for everyone, it’s necessary that you work on it. Let’s start with the first must-do.
Change Your Mindset
Wedding budget is not just the money you spend on your special day.
It is an INVESTMENT!
(Often, but not always, a HUGE investment.)
When couples start to plan their weddings. They often think of the prices. And ask how much they pay when sourcing different elements for this event? But that’s not the right question to start with.
The question you should really ask is: WHY?
WHY are you paying for this/these (venue, flowers, dresses, etc)?
WHY are you paying to have a wedding at all?
You are not paying for items and food. You are, in fact, investing in:
- Celebrating a special day with people you love
- Feeling beautiful and confident
- Creating magical moments to remember
- (add your reasons here)
Truthfully answer WHY you want to INVEST in this wedding, then you can proceed.
Prioritize the Importances
The next step you need to do is to prioritize what matters the most on your wedding day.
Every couple has different preferences.
Some couples invest heavily in photography and videography.
Some couples are most generous with the food.
And some choose to rent the most extravagant venue.
Figure out what is important to you from top to bottom. Adjust your budget accordingly.
This way you will know where the money should go first and last.
Stick to Your Budget
Personally, I’m against getting loan or borrowing money for a wedding.
You may have been waiting for this day to come since you were little. Or since many years ago when you started dating and knowing right away this person was “the one”
The truth is: a wedding day is the first (or the earlier) day of your marriage.
Before taking a huge leap to get yourself and your partner in debt to have a single-day of a dream-come-true, think further down the road.
Do you want to spend many years together working to pay off your wedding loan?
Or you rather spend your happy quality time as a married couple?
If you choose the latter, then stick to your budget!
Cut off what you don’t really need.
Have a small or micro wedding instead of inviting 100+ people.
Host a wedding at an alternative venue.
Rent props and decors instead of buying everything new.
Get married in a personalized humanist ceremony.
But if you still feel unsure how to plan a dream wedding in your budget, it’s time to get professional advices.
Hire a Wedding Planner
You may be surprise and skeptical why this can help you with managing your budget. Hiring a wedding planner means you have another added cost!
Step back, we talked about this.
It’s not about the cost or how much you pay. It’s about WHY you pay for it.
What many couples don’t know is that wedding planners can also help you manage your budget. And still bring the personal elements into the wedding of your dream!
Get started today!
Download a free wedding budget template and fill it up as you need anytime you like, or book your free 30-minute consultation with me and get your personalized budget mock-up!