I was going through our blog posts recently, and found this post that our former intern, Maddy, had written. Sadly, it got lost in WordPress-land and never got published! So I thought I would share it with you today.
By the way, Maddy has gone on to start her own event planning company in Arizona! We miss you, Maddy, but we are very proud of you.
The following tips will help you make the most of your wedding budget:
– Trust your wedding professionals. They should have suggestions for you about their area of expertise.
– Be honest when you are interviewing vendors. When you are calling around, tell them your budget and ask if they can work with it. As an example, many DJ companies may have different prices for different entertainers, so meet with ones in your prices range.
– Cut the guest list. Yes, it’s hard, and you may risk some hurt feelings. The best suggestion is to keep the guest list fair. If you invite one cousin, invite them all; or cut them all. Ask your parents to eliminate clients or friends from their lists, unless they are paying for the whole thing; if that is the case, you may want to show them your budget and see if they are willing to spend more for their guests to attend.
– When you are making selections, especially for floral arrangements and food, ask yourself. “Do we really need this? Would anyone notice if we didn’t have it?”
– Skip the champagne for the toast. Champagne can add several hundred dollars, and most people won’t drink more than a sip or two anyway.
– Keep your top priorities in mind and focus on them. If food is high on your list, consider spending the same amount on three courses instead of five-you will get better quality food for those three courses.
– Put your “wedding money” in a separate account or use a special credit card so you can easily track each expenditure.