Though it is one of the most awaited moment in a couple’s life, a wedding turns out to be a very expensive event too. So it is best that once a couple is engaged, they should already make initial plans as to how they would manage their finances for their upcoming wedding. Coming up with a wedding budget is a good idea to get estimates of your expenditures for your special day.
Here are some of the things that couples should take into consideration when coming up with the wedding budget.
First, the number of guests will definitely be a big factor in the wedding cost. The more guests you have, the more money will be spent. Make sure that you invite only your closest relatives and friends if you are on a tight budget. Specify this and make this clear to your guests.
Second, the invitation and other materials to be printed are another part of the expenses. However, if you can print the invitations, mistletoes, and the like on your own, this will lessen the cost attributed to printing. With special paper, ribbons and some creativity in designing, this will not only save you thousands, this can also be a chance to make your invitations more personal.
Third, the wedding ring and attire of the bride, groom and entourage is another very costly part of the wedding budget. For the wedding ring, try scouting local jewellery shops to find the best wedding band for you. On the other hand, the wedding attire can still look very elegant and classy even if it doesn’t cost too much. Local designers can come up with their versions of wedding outfits from the magazines so don’t fret too much about the cost of you and your wedding entourage’s attires.
Fourth, the wedding and reception venues, catering service and decorations are other factors in the budget. Again, scouting for the best location for the reception is key. If you want it indoors, find the best deal in hotels or restaurants, which may also have wedding cakes as part of their package. This may save you thousands compared to having your cake specially done by a pastry chef. On the other hand, if you want it outdoors, the yard of a big house can be good enough so ask around. Ask help from friends and family for the decorations because flower arrangements can be too costly. You can come up with beautiful designs on your own.
Fifth, the wedding photographer is very essential during this occasion. Make sure you find a photographer that can capture every moment of your wedding. There are many photo studios that specialize in weddings so just compare the prices of each. Wedding planners are also very helpful but are not practical these days. Just coordinate with close friends to help you prepare everything for the wedding.
Lastly, the emcees, transportation and music can be just picked from the couple’s group of friends. Find people who can do these jobs or provide the bridal car.
Your wedding can still be very special without costing too much. Just remember to ask help from friends and family to lessen the burden of preparing for your wedding day.