The following post was written by staff writer, Kayla.
One of my friends recently got engaged, like last week, and the first thing I found myself asking her was “When is the wedding?” I’m sure most newly engaged ladies get asked more about their up-coming wedding date, wedding plans, and even their wedding budget, before anyone tells them congratulations for getting engaged. Honestly, I don’t think it’s because we aren’t happy for them for getting engaged, rather I think it’s because weddings are so darn much fun to plan and dream about.
Thanks to certain internet tools these day, like Pinterest, it’s super easy for a gal to have her wedding pretty much all planned out before she’s even engaged. But the down-side of this social media tool is that weddings have gotten more lavish and expensive than ever before.
It’s easy to get carried away drooling over amazing floral arrangements, gorgeous dresses, and more on Pinterest without thinking about the cost of your upcoming nuptials. But having a wedding budget in mind before you get too far with your wedding planning is important. After all, it’s unlikely that you want to spend more on your wedding day than on your future house! For all you gals out there planning a wedding, here are some tips to help you set and stay within your wedding budget.
Setting a Budget
Before you can stay within your wedding budget, you need to have one in mind. There are a lot of costs that are often over-looked by brides-to-be in all of their excitement, and those are the things that will add up and cause you to spend more money than you intended. Being thorough with your wedding budget plan and including everything you can think of will help you stay on track.
Just like any other budget, using a spreadsheet to create a wedding budget plan and then to track your expenses along the way is a great idea.
Unless you have a truly unlimited budget for your wedding, chances are that you are going to have to make a few compromises as you plan your wedding. For instance, some girls choose to spend more on flowers and less on the musical entertainment at their wedding reception. Other girls might choose to for-go having a wedding dinner and dance and instead go on an amazing and more expensive honeymoon.
Making compromises about your wedding day isn’t the worst thing in the world. Yes, it’s a huge milestone and an event to be celebrated, but you can still throw an amazing wedding without spending more on it than you would on a house. Plus your future self will thank you. There’s no way you’re going to look back on your wedding photos and regret spending a little less on center pieces for the guest tables, or serving chicken instead of beef.
What you choose to spend more and less on is totally up to you, but at the bottom of your wedding budget you still need to stay within your target.
If you are married, what did you compromise on to stay within your wedding budget?