I’ve always had a passion for helping people.
I know that this is not an easy process planning a wedding. That’s why I chose this career, I want to be there for you during this process.
If I’m honest, I am trying every day to make it easier for you to plan your dream day on any budget. I believe that you do deserve this day where you get to be celebrated and think about anything logistically. That is why I advocate so highly for prioritizing a wedding planner or coordinator. They help you execute a well-planned day so you can enjoy each moment and let someone else think about the execution of the moment to moment.
While this as the end goal sounds great and amazing, once you are engaged and you begin planning your wedding, you may wonder how achievable this wedding dream is. I’m not going to lie to you. Wedding’s are expensive. They cost a lot of money. You may only have a budget of $5,000. While it pains me to say this, that may not be enough for your current dream wedding vision. We might have to alter this Pinterest-perfect wedding idea and find a new meaningful dream vision that can be accomplished with $5,000.
I cannot stress how important it is to establish your budget BEFORE you start spending money. Listen, once you are halfway through wedding planning is not the time to start budgeting for the first time. You need to plan for EACH and EVERY expense imaginable. This is why I provide each of my clients with a budgeting document that helps them plan out their wedding expenses from the second they book me.
I even decided to use it for myself when I started planning my wedding last week to see how useful it actually is. Let me tell you, we have a budget of $10,000 and currently are projected to spend $16,000. AHHHHH!
UHM! Pause. Does that sound familiar to you at all? Do you see yourself and your budget currently going over when you calculate all your costs?
Here’s what you do to cut costs. YOU STOP. Do not hit on the spending gas. Re-evaluate your money, look for affordable options, and do more research. You will probably find an item or two that you can either DIY or cut altogether(if it is just stuff for the sake of filling a table) to save money and get back on track. Think about the professional vendors you are sourcing. If you don’t have a preference or passion for a certain vendor. Can you get away with cutting them out and using an alternate source?
At current my fiancé and I have been stressing over the budget trying to cut down on the $6,000. Even as a wedding planner, planning my wedding doesn’t get easier. So know that! It’s hard and stressful for everyone! You are not alone!
Money is stressful. It is a bully that puts you in a box and makes you believe you cannot have what you want. But I am here to tell you that is true. Money is sticky and messy. That is why a budget exists. Please embrace budgeting, even if it causes initial stress and anxiety, it will prepare you to potentially spend more money in the end versus needed to pay $1,000 that week.
It is okay for your wedding day vision to change. Chances are it will. As you and your fiancé talk about how you want the day to flow and discover the moments you are pumped for, you will discover where you want to spend money. For myself and my fiance that is dancing, tacos, and inflatables.
Yes, you read that right, I want an inflatable bounce house and obstacle course. Might seem silly, but that’s because it is & let me tell you, that is intentional. Trevor, my fiancé, and I are very silly, fun-loving people. We want to have fun and not have our wedding be a stuffy event.
We also acknowledge that if we cannot figure out our budget and where that $6,000 comes from. Then we will need to cut the bouncy houses. But for us, not going into debt trumps our wedding day vision. We want to buy a home, a new car and choose Financial Independence. Those goals mean that we will not take out a loan. Instead, we will seek to cut back on certain dreams to stay on budget.
Ask yourself the following question to help with setting priorities for your vision.
Can you truly have everything you want for your wedding? Based on the information above, perhaps you are left feeling hopeless. That there is no way to achieve your dreams. However, you can still have an awesome wedding that is memorable and enjoyable. It just might require a sacrifice of certain items.
It’s painful to hear and acknowledge, but I also am personally having to eat this bitter fruit myself. We’ve got this. Everyone goes through this.
Lastly, Remember, This day will be truly amazing. You get to marry your best friend. The person who makes you feel alive, who is there through the good and the bad, the tough and the amazing! That is worth celebrating and we will do just that, celebrate you two with whatever your budget is.