How to stick to your wedding budget

So you just got engaged and you have this excitement running through you about your upcoming wedding. You start to think about what you want on your wedding day, from the decor to the venue, and then you think about your budget. One thing about weddings is you can stick within your budget, but many brides and grooms break their budget. How to you go about trying to keep your spending within budget and yet have a fabulous wedding?

The one thing I would suggest is to think about what you have in your savings and add it with what your parents will be pitching in. Once you get that estimated price you want to stick with, you should than list the items that you will need for the wedding. With each item, you can list them from the top priority to the least, or you can just put everything down and work with what you have. Next to each item, you can list the approximate price given by different vendors so you can go through your options. Even if you want to have a fabulous wedding, you should be able to sacrifice some things to be in budget. For example, you may want a limo with a TV or large extravagant centerpieces, but you can downgrade to just the limo and smaller pretty centerpieces. Here are some things you will need to think about your wedding day.

Events: engagement party, wedding showing, bachelor and bachelorette party, wedding, honeymoon

Wedding Venues/Locations: hotel, church/location of ceremony, reception

Decorations: table centerpieces, floral for ceremony, table and seat covers, etc.

Attires: groomsmen tuxedo rental, bridesmaids dresses, bouquets and boutonnieres, wedding dress, grooms tuxedo, shoes for the wedding party, makeup artist, hairstylist, jewelery, wedding ring and band, etc.

Food: beverages, hor d’oeuvre, appetizers, dinner, desserts, wedding cake, etc.

Professional Services: photographer, videographer, wedding coordinator, etc.

Transportation: party bus, limo, your own car, etc.

Other Expenditures: invitations, party favors, gifts for the wedding party, etc.

Besides all of those things to think about, you also have to think about how many people you would like to invite. There is a big difference in the price of 50 guests verses 300 guests. If there is anyone you do not feel like you need there, you can cancel them out of your guests list. Think about it, one person will require you to send an invitation, feed, and send a thank you note to. Any little unnecessary spending you can cut out will help you out in keeping within your budget. Plus, you can always add some DIY creations to your wedding day. If you have anyone in your family and friends connections that can help you with centerpieces, music, flowers, etc. than you can save some money that way too. You will also make them feel important in your wedding process.

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Testimonial from Sharron & Chris

Kent is amazing. His sense of timing is perfect and our April Fools wedding ceremony was both touching and humorous in all the right places. I could not have picked a better person and both my husband and I were thrilled to have him be part of our day!

He is also super-responsive in helping us figure out our vows, making suggestions of reading and even skyping with us since we live in San Diego and not Philadelphia!

I HIGHLY recommend him!

From Sharron and Chris

Importance of a Wedding Album

With today’s digital world, many people have access to a digital camera and tend to forget about having something tangible. Every image that one person takes or has is all up online through Facebook, Flickr, and even online viewing. So many brides and grooms have the ability to get access of all their edited digital images on a DVD for their use. The question is, what do they do with those images? Yeah, many brides and grooms place it online for their friends to view, but what happens when the system fails? What happens when you lose the images later on? All those precious moments that were captured by the photographer is gone and you did not think of having the images printed or made into an album. Even though it is difficult to think of not having access to the images, this could happen any time. This is when the classic prints and albums become very important.

Having the images of your wedding day available to hold in front of you releases a different feel compared to when you see your images online. Tangible prints of your images hung up around the house or somewhere in your room allows to you go back to that very same moment. It sort of grasp your attention and makes you pause to relive that special day of yours; it is nothing like if you see the images online. I know that when I take a look at a print or an album, I pause and just have that feeling of joy. I definitely do not get the same feeling when I see them online because there is so many other interference bombarding you online.

Overall, an album is an heirloom for a family. Think of all the images your grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, uncles, aunts, and the rest of your family members have shown to you in an album. Nothing says classic than a tangible album that you can view and flip through. A wedding album is not just any album; it is the first heirloom to a couple starting their new path in life together as a family. This is why a wedding album is very important to have, even if it is another item to spend money on. Albums allow someone to share a story with another person without saying a word. I am sure this is something a bride and a groom may want to share with their friends and family (even for their future children and grandchildren).

Today’s variety of styles and fabrics allow a bride and a groom to customize their wedding album to make it their own. There is not just only the classic black or brown leather albums your parents and grandparents have. There is a wide range of companies that allow you to choose from dozens of fine leather or fine japanese silk! If none of that is your style, than you can even have a photo wrap. There are flush mount albums available (they can lay flat and the images are usually printed right on the paper itself) that sort of replaces the original classic matted albums; so do consider getting a tangible album that holds your precious memories instead of only having it available online. Keep something that will last for generations.

Just a note to say “Thank You”

Rev. Kent Foster was amazing. I always wanted a garden wedding and being that it was our 2nd marriage for both, I got my dream come true.  I could not have asked for a more beautiful day and garden to have our wedding.  Rev. Foster takes the time to make sure you have the wedding that you dream of.  Please take the time to go and speak with him and let him help your dream wedding become a reality. 

Thank you for the wedding of our dreams at Ceremony Heaven,                                                                                        Robert and Roe