Wedding Budget

wedding budget

Saving Together…Wedding Budget Basics

  1. Doing a destination wedding at your honeymoon location combines expenses and will save you money.
  2. Sending save-the-date cards are an extra expense that is totally OK to cut out of the wedding budget.
  3. Be conservative when purchasing your wedding gown.
  4. Considering a luncheon instead of a reception dinner will cut your costs in half.
  5. Doing your own make-up will save you time and money!
  6. Have your ceremony chair rentals transferred to the reception tables after the wedding.
  7. Keeping your centerpieces simple & low to the table can save you a lot of money!
  8. Forgo favors and instead hand write thank you cards for each person or family.
  9. Keep the dessert display option on your menu instead of ordering a large wedding cake (paying for a small 6″ wedding cake on a pedestal for your traditional “cake cutting” will actually save you money).
  10. Designate day-of tasks like setting place cards and favors to a friend or family member vs. paying someone else to do it.

When it comes to your wedding budget and saving money the most important thing to remember is to keep it simple. This will allow you to keep your costs down without sacrificing elegance.

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Parents Paying

Parents PayingParents Paying?

With money comes a price!

Believe it or not, some parents are unconsciously smashing their child’s wedding dreams into tiny little pieces. Why you ask? Our research has revealed that because the parents paying (of brides, grooms or both) feel as if they have significant say in the overall wedding decision making process.

On one specific occasion I remember sitting down in a meeting with the bride and her family only to have the future Mother-in-law storm out and hastily drive away (leaving the bride stranded at my office) all because we – the wedding planners were taking the brides wishes very seriously vs. the parents eagerness to literally take charge of the event. This left the bride in tears because she was torn between telling us what she really wanted, vs. the out spoken, authoritative decisions her family was making on her behalf. The parents paying for the wedding was literally tearing her apart.

Another example; Imagine a bride having this life long dream of having a specific tent set-up for her reception, even provided pictures and had her wedding planners spending months organizing the creation of this masterpiece.  Yet in the end, the parents paying would not approve it.  You can’t imagine the amount of work everyone put in on the brides vision or how it made the bride feel when she literally had to give up her dream. Yet, the bride remained silent out of respect for the parents paying.

Over the years we have seen brides having to forget any dreams about having cinematography, fabric draping, custom plate-ware, specialty lighting, favorite centerpieces, choice of cake design, floating candles and more. At the end of the day, this event literally oozed their parents wedding and barely reflected the personality of the couple at all.

With that said we want everyone to know that we are not trying to tell parents to completely “butt out”. We really do understand both the bride, groom and the parents heart felt intentions in the planning process. However, it is our job to shed some light on this unspoken topic so that couples and the parents paying have a better understanding of the real issues they may be presented with.

Here are some simple suggestions to help families work together in order to achieve a “fairytale ending”.

  • Trust your children as responsible adults.
  • Set the ground rules ahead of time and write them down.
  • Try and discuss who has control of what decision and whom will be the main contact person for the planner or vendors.
  • Parents, set a budget for your children and allow them to manage the funds themselves as a husband and wife would do.
  • Be accountable for keeping a financial log to show your parents.
  • Parents, please don’t take charge of the wedding.
  • Designate other important tasks to the parents. i.e. rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon etc.

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Wedding Budget

Wedding budgetWe’re Engaged!

Wedding Budget 411:

Congratulations! Now that you’re engaged, you and your fiancee are about to begin one of the most exciting – and hectic – times of your life. No doubt you’ve been asking yourself, “Where do I begin” and “How much is this going to cost?”

It’s likely that you, your fiancee; hopefully both sets of parents and maybe even sponsors will be contributing money toward the wedding expenses. The first step is to determine how much each person is willing to give you and/or determine how much you yourself can afford to spend upfront. It is also a good idea to start a checking account specifically used for wedding expenses so that you can keep track of everything.

A wedding budget can range from $1,000 to millions so it’s easy to go over your budget. If you are wondering how much to realistically set aside for your wedding first then I would recommend that you sit down with your fiancee and make a wish list of items that you want to include on your special day. To make this easier you can break this list up into ceremony items and reception items. You are then going to have to do a little bit of research on your own to determine how much those items would cost and google is the perfect place to begin.

Here are some items to consider when creating your own wedding budget.

  • Travel: airfare, accommodations, car rental for destination wedding and/or honeymoon
  • Attire: rings, dress, tux/suit, bridal party wear, accessories/jewelry
  • Beauty: hair and make up for trial run and on day of, new make-up, manicure/pedicure, perfume etc.
  • Stationary: save the date cards, invitations, calligraphy, announcements, thank you cards, postage, etc.
  • Before Wedding: rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, spa/massage etc.
  • Day of: Marriage license, wedding site fee, planner, minister, musician, photographer, videographer, flowers, arches, chairs, cake, champagne, transportation, gratuities etc.
  • Other: Engagement party, favors, special gifts, spending cash, reception food and beverage, etc

Just remember, when preparing a wedding budget try to showcase your personality and style. Keep it meaningful! Everything from your dress, to the choice of music, to how you come down the aisle should express what you’re all about.

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