THE WEDDING BUDGET PLAN SHOULD START AS SOON AS YOU DECIDE TO GET MARRIED!
Begin your wedding budget plan…
Sit down with your fiancé and talk about both of your expectations and how much you REALLY can afford. As early as possible, decide the most you can spend on the wedding and stick to the budget!
Early on, speak with anyone who will also contribute to your wedding (parents for example) about expectations and responsibilities. Be sensitive of others’ financial situation.
Get on the same track on your priorities.
There is more than one way to break down your expenses. Some couples spend 40% to 48% on the reception and assign smaller percentages to all other categories. This is a good time to decide which elements are your greatest priorities.
Organization is key! Start a wedding notebook filled with dividers for each category (i.e. Budget, Transportation, Photography, Dress, Attendants). Add pockets to your notebook for business cards, swatches and samples. Don’t just make this notebook! Use it! As part of your organizing, create a time line for when you want to have things done. Using good tools will help you stick to your budget.
Be aware that your budget planning could affect people in your wedding party and/or out of town guests. Be mindful of what your wedding will cost others and be considerate.
Don’t worry…Almost every couple starts with too high of a budget! If you must, look for places in the budget to cut down.