How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget--Part I: First Things First

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget:

Part I: First Things First

Planning a wedding on a budget can be one of the most challenging and creative tasks you will have in your lifetime.  It’s a balancing act for any bride who has a vision of what she wants her wedding to look like and what her budget will allow it to look like.  My Wedding Chat wants you to have the wedding of your dreams no matter what your budget is, so we have outlined a few of the major ways today’s brides can save big on their special day in this new blog series, “How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget.” In part I, “First Things First,” Brittney Bell discusses some of the areas of your wedding that need to be addressed first once your wedding planning begins.  So get your wedding planning started on the right foot with My Wedding Chat’s new series!

Proposal equals planning.

He finally popped the question, and you said, “Yes.”  It’s now time to plan one of the biggest events in both of your lives.  With so many things to do and decide upon, it’s hard to know where to begin.  Hopefully these next few suggestions will help you to know exactly what to do first and where to go from there.

The (dreaded) budget conversation.

First and foremost, you and your fiancé need to sit down and have an honest budget conversation. Deciding together how much money you can spend on your wedding will help you both to have a better idea of the type of wedding you want and can afford.  Also, deciding what elements of your wedding are most important to the both of you will allow you to know what to focus the bulk of your budget on. There are many resources out there that will actually help you to determine what percentage of your wedding budget you should reserve for each element of your wedding.  These budget calculator tools should be used as a guideline and adjusted to your unique wedding needs.  Being up front and honest about your wedding budget with each other is the best way to begin planning your budget wedding and will allow for fewer surprises later.

Counting numbers: how big is your special day?

The next item on your long list of to-dos should be to determine the size of your wedding.  This includes both your guest list and your wedding party.  Having a bigger guest list means that many of your costs are, naturally, going to be higher than if your list was smaller.  For example, more guests and a larger wedding party means that you will need more favors and invitations, a bigger reception site and so on.  To cut down on wedding costs initially, a smaller guest list is where to start.

Date and place.

One of the last ways you can begin to plan a budget wedding is to pick a “smart” wedding date.  There are certain months of the year and days of the week that vendors are likely to charge more.  This includes the months of May through October as well as Saturday evening as the most expensive day of the week.  Picking an event date that is in the off-season and on a Friday evening or earlier on a Saturday will help you to eliminate some of the hidden costs that vendors charge. Planning a budget wedding can be a very difficult task but can also provide a wonderful bonding experience between you and your spouse-to-be.  This is just the beginning of a long list of ways you can design a wedding that is everything you’ve dreamed of, even on a budget that is less than dreamy. My Wedding Chat will be bringing you helpful budget wedding tips weekly to help you plan a beautiful wedding on a budget that’s right for you.

Look to My Wedding Chat for expert tips and advice on every element of your wedding.

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