How much money do you have? Don’t have unrealistic expectations on how much money you can save in the next 6 moths to a year.
Set a budget and stick to it! That means keeping track of how much you are spending.
Look at the big picture. Discuss what is important to you. Do you love live music? Splurge on a live band but find other areas to save.
Make compromises. Be flexible with your options.
Be mindful of the season. Some venues charge off season prices but consider all the factors. If you are dead set on having peonies in your flowers, research when they are available.
Do your research.
Be comfortable with your vendors. You don’t want to have to worry about minuscule details on your wedding day.
Check your budget again. Most couples are surprised how quickly everything adds up!
You might think picking a wedding date is easy. Maybe for some people it is…. The day you two met, your first date, the day you got engaged…the options are endless. But is there something more to consider when choosing your wedding date? Consider your time-line. Do you want to get married in 6 months? A year? Wedding venues are often booked up a year in advance and your chosen date may not be available. So what are your options?
Most couples opt for a Saturday. This is by far the most common day of the week selected and for a number of valid reasons. If you have family or friends coming from out of town, or if you have selected a venue that requires travel it is important to consider these guests. Are you set on having a specific flower for your bouquet? Keep in mind seasonal availability and do some research before you pick your date. Venue prices and rentals may also vary by day and season.
If you pick a Friday, are you asking your guests to take a day off work? This can be tricky for some attendees, but send out save the dates far enough in advance so guests can prepare. Often times the bride and groom take the Friday off to pull together some last minute preparations. Keep in mind how much time you want to have before your day to get a manicure/pedicure or just get a good night’s rest. Are you interested in a Sunday wedding? Plan for an earlier ceremony and reception. If you are religious, check with your ceremony venue as some may not schedule weddings on a Sunday if they conflict with Sunday services.
All in all, the choice is yours. Now pick a date and let the planning begin!
First of all, congrats on your engagement!
Sometimes the thought of planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Who are we going to invite, who are we not going to invite, who are we going to piss off…etc., you get the idea, and the number one concern: budget. My younger sister recently got engaged which prompted a discussion about the wedding industry these days. I was married almost six years ago and it seems in that short time so many things have changed. Don’t get me wrong, pinterest was still around but I guess now working more closely in the industry I see both sides more clearly.
For the next couple of weeks we are going to look at the process of planning a wedding. I’m going to provide pros and cons for every decision you will make, and most importantly how they influence your budget. Let’s be real, it’s so easy to get caught up in social media. Sometimes I think about my own wedding and wonder if I would have done things differently. To be honest, things weren’t perfect…but neither am I. We should be celebrating our differences instead of comparing or competing with each other. So always remember to make the best decision for you and your partner. So check back next week where we discuss “Your Wedding Date: Wedding weekend?”
As Em always says, it’s all about good juju.
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