Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Budget Savvy Bride!

Hello blushing brides to be.  2012 was a busy wedding year, and I finally have more staff to assist so that I can continue blogging on a regular basis and keep you informed of the latest and greatest trends throughout the wedding industry.  Let's begin with the DIY bride or what I like to refer to as:  The Budget Savvy Bride!  

The number one thing that you should always take into consideration when planning a wedding is your budget. As a bride, even if you would like to have this grand, fairy-tale-like wedding, it is still a must to set a budget for all of your expenses. Otherwise, you will end up spending more than you intended to – which is not a good way to start your married life at all.
Paper lanterns as light-up centerpieces.
Inexpensive & beautiful idea!

So how can you plan your wedding on a budget? Take a look at the following tips:  Set a ‘ceiling amount’ for all of your wedding expenses – and stick to it.  Evaluate your priorities for the wedding. Would you rather spend less on the flowers and more on your wedding dress? Or you probably can cut a couple of courses for the supposedly five-course wedding reception dinner and put the money that you will save to add a number of guests that you just can’t say no to.  When meeting with caterers, florists, bakers – be firm about your budget and learn how to bargain. Remember that you are their clients and if they’re good, they will be able to suggest a less expensive alternative without taking away anything from the look that you want to create for your wedding.
Go online and use a free wedding plans budgeting tool – or even print out one of those wedding to-do lists. Sit down and have a talk with your fiancée and wedding coordinator so that you can all work on the budget for the wedding.  At the end of the day, you can still have your dream wedding without having to spend an arm and a leg for it – just make sure to keep your budget within a reasonable range, stick to it and you’ll be all set for your big day.

All the best!

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