Hey there, friends! Today, we’re here to talk about the ‘B’ word – Budget! Yep, your wedding budget.
Don’t worry, we won’t bore you with lots of numbers. Instead, we’re going to have a chat about money, but in a super fun and easy way, just like putting together the perfect wedding playlist that feels most like you.
The Start: Making your Wedding Wishlist
Before you start planning your big day, it’s important to figure out what you want. Think of this as your ideal wishlist for the wedding. You know the parts that need to be there, and the ones you’re okay with skipping.
What would you pick? A fancy venue? The yummiest cake? A cool DJ? Or the most talented photographers? (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)
Remember: this is your wedding wishlist! Write down everything you can think of, big or small. It’s okay to dream big here!
Then it’s time to think about your number: How much can you spend on your wedding? Talk to each other, your parents, your pet (if they’re contributing too). Try to come up with a number that feels right, and most importantly, comfortable.
Remember, your wedding day is about celebrating your love and starting a new adventure together. It doesn’t have to be about spending all the money in the world.
Now we’re going to do a little game of ‘Big Bites, Small Bites.’ Think about your wishlist and divide it into ‘big bites’ – the things that might cost a little more (like your venue and photographers) and ‘small bites’ – the things that aren’t as pricey (like decorations). This way, you’ll get a clearer picture of where your money might go.
Set an ideal budget in mind and maybe a little wiggle room for those “we just HAVE to have this” moments.
Now comes the exciting part! Let’s spread the love, or in this case, the money. Use your ‘Big Bites, Small Bites’ list to figure out how much you want to spend on each part of your wedding.
Just as every song doesn’t make the final album cut, not every wedding detail needs to be a high-cost item. Save on areas that aren’t as important to you.
Maybe you want to spend more on a cool venue or a wedding photography team you really love and save on food by opting for a cash bar an buffet style catering. It’s your day, so you decide!
The most important things to you deserve a big part of your budget.
We know it can be tempting to invite everyone you know to your big day, but a more intimate guest list can help keep your costs down.
After all, more guests mean more costs, from their seats to their meals. So, when making your guest list, think about who you really want to share this special moment with.
Your wedding should be as unique as your “how we met” story. Don’t feel pressured to include things you don’t value.
Ditch the traditional veil if it’s not your style, skip the guest book if it feels outdated, or scrap the party favors if they don’t add joy to your day.
After all, it’s your big day, and it should reflect you two as a couple.
In the end, remember that your wedding day is all about love, laughter, and creating memories. No matter your budget, your day will be special because it’s YOUR day. And as your wedding photographers, we promise to capture every moment, big and small, to help you remember just how magical it was.
So keep planning, but don’t forget to have fun along the way!