When you’re planning a wedding, it’s often essential to try and find a balance between scrimping and splurging. There are certain things you’re probably not bothered about spending a fortune on, but you won’t want to compromise on others. Budgeting is all about identifying priorities and planning a day that is perfect for your taste, style, and budget.
When not to scrimp
There are certain things every bride has on her list that take preference over others. When you’re planning your budget, make sure you have enough money available for the perfect dress and a fantastic photographer.
You may think that it seems absurd to spend thousands of dollars on a dress you’re going to wear for approximately 12 hours. However, this is your wedding day, and the only time in your life you’ll get to wear a dress as important and symbolic as this gown. Set a budget for your dress, and try and be flexible. If you find the dress of your dreams and it’s a couple of hundred dollars over the budget, don’t say no. There are bound to be other areas you can make small savings. Of course, for many brides, money is an issue, so don’t go into a salon and start pulling dresses that are far too expensive off the rails. Tell the assistant the figure you’d like to stick to, and then you can make sure that you’re trying gowns that you can afford.
Blurry phone shots won’t suffice on the most important day of your life, so set a realistic budget for an experienced photographer. There’s no other day in your life where photographs will bear such significance. It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on on your wedding day when you’re caught up in the moment, and you have guests to greet and cakes to cut. Photographs are a way of commemorating and celebrating the day long after you’ve retired to bed on your wedding day.
When not to splurge
Unless you have an unlimited budget, you’re bound to find yourself in a situation where you have to add and subtract funds from certain items on your list. If you’re looking to save money, here are some cost-cutting tips to bear in mind.
Dressing your bridal party
If you have a large bridal party, costs can soar. You want your bridesmaids to look incredible, but you also don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on dresses they’ll probably wear once. Try and avoid buying dresses from bridal salons, and opt for formal dresses from normal high street stores or online retailers. When you put the prefix ‘bridesmaid’ in front of a dress, it will boost the cost significantly.
Choosing the date
Unless you’re desperate to get married on a Saturday in the summer, being flexible with the date can save you a huge amount of money. If you’re all about having the day of your dreams without making too many sacrifices to bring it in on budget, consider getting married in the spring or fall and choosing a weekday or a Sunday.
Budgeting is one of the most stressful aspects of planning a wedding. When you’re drawing up plans, think about your priorities, and don’t scrimp on them. If you need to make savings, always take them from areas that come low down on the list. This way, you’ll get everything you want without breaking the bank.