Budgeting for your wedding day is a big part of the planning process. Before you book any venues or vendors, you’ll want to set a budget that you can realistically stick to that won’t leave you and your new spouse in debt. When choosing how to spend your wedding budget, make sure to include these things on your special day:
A good photographer is going to cost you a little more than what you may expect. However, it will be well worth it and you will not regret it. You’ll cherish your wedding pictures for the rest of your lives, so make sure to find the perfect wedding photographer to capture your perfect day. Approximately 30 days before your wedding, you and your photographer should have a final consult. This is the time to go over all the details and important events that will be occurring on your wedding day. It is also the perfect time to let your photographer know what is most important to you. Consider doing a first look – a first look is where you and your significant other see each other before the ceremony. This is a very good way to get rid of the nervousness and get comfortable with each other before the ceremony.
You might think the food is a small detail your guests will easily forget about right after their plates are cleared. On the contrary, your guests will greatly appreciate a good meal at your reception. While you don’t need to go overboard with a five-course meal, you’ll want to make room in your budget for a delicious main entree. Choose a meal that your guests will all enjoy, and if you can afford it, offer a couple of options so that there’s something for everyone. Go for something elegant like salmon or steak, and include a veggie and starch side.
When your friends and family come to your wedding, they’re likely expecting a party! Use a part of your budget or a low-interest loan to pay for an open bar so that your guests can enjoy themselves. They’re already paying a lot of money to travel to your wedding and on your gift, so they’ll appreciate the convenience of an open bar. You don’t have to spend your entire life savings on the alcohol, but a few options that everyone can choose from is ideal. Instead of providing your guests with top-shelf liquor, choose a variety of beers and wine to save some money. If you want to have some liquor available, consider adding a signature cocktail to the menu.
An important aspect of your reception is the music, as it will be what keeps your guests on their feet throughout the night. You don’t want to just go with the cheapest option, as you’ll really be getting what you pay for. Do your research to find the right option. First, you’ll have to make the decision between a band and a DJ. Both have their pros and cons, so it depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re the kind of couple that likes a variety of music, you might want to go with a DJ instead of a band. But if you’re someone who likes the vibe of live music, a band might be the better choice for you.
While you don’t have to spend a fortune on the decor for your wedding, you should use a portion of your budget on beautiful centerpieces. Just because Pinterest weddings have set what may seem like necessary expectations, you don’t need all of the extras for an incredible wedding. The ambiance of your venue can be transformed with gorgeous flower arrangements, elegant candles, or rustic lanterns. For some inspiration on what you can do with your centerpieces, check out this slideshow.
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