It may happen sooner or it may happen later: that moment when you realise just how many different expenses are involved in the planning of a wedding. It may have been something you’ve heard other brides whisper about in a pained way, or it may all be a complete surprise to you. Yes, you’ve always known that a wedding involves hiring a band, a photographer and a caterer, but you’d never considered the other things – all those little extras: the wedding car, the invitations, the hairdressers, the make-up artists, the shoes, the hair accessories, the bridesmaids dresses…the list goes on. And we haven’t even touched upon the grooms sides of things. In a nutshell, weddings are not for the faint hearted – or the penniless. If reading this is making your heart rate rise to 750 and you start noticing your palms have become sweaty, here is your chance to find ways of managing your budget, so you don’t end up spending more than you can afford.
Budget, budget, budget
We’ve heard it 100 times, but sometimes we need to hear it again. It’s important for everyone involved in the wedding expenses to sit down and work out exactly how much money they can devote to the wedding. Be honest. Be realistic. If you fail to be either of those, you may end up swiping those credit cards on empty bank accounts.
In a perfect world, everyone would have enough money for everything they needed. But since this world is far from perfect, we have all got to “make do,” to some extent. When planning your wedding, it’s important to figure out which things you care about more, and which things less. Then, accept that the things that are higher priority to you will eat up more of your funds, and vice versa.
Giving out tasks to the people involved with the planning of your wedding might not make your budget any larger, but it will make you less stressed, and as a result, better able to think clearly about what needs to be done, and the ways in which to get them done.
Practice thinking long term
A wedding is a very important event for the people involved – no one is denying that. But while your wedding will take up a day of your life, you will still have your entire married life to be lived once it’s over. Keeping this in mind may make some of the decisions a little clearer and help direct your thinking to include long term benefits.
Cut corners where you can, but don’t where you can’t
While planning your wedding it’s important to come up with a list of things you’re not willing to compromise standard on. Figure out what those things are to you, then figure out the areas where there is some give and take. By pushing the important things to the forefront and letting the others fall behind you will be better enabled to make decisions in line with your belief system – and will save you money on the things that are less of a priority.
So, there we have it: 5 guidelines to help you stay within your wedding budget. Remember the importance of forming a budget and staying within it, and use these ideas as a springboard to help you have the perfect wedding…without ending up bankrupt.