Planning a WEDDING on a budget

Planning a wedding on a budget

There are two different ways I decide on the value of all the details that go into a wedding.  Is it very meaningful and important to you as the bride and groom? Does the value still last after the wedding?

The first, is it meaningful and important to you both?  Are there traditions in the wedding culture that don’t matter to you? I have photographed weddings with no wedding cake, no bouquet toss, no big wedding party. In each case there was no value to it for the bride and groom. It was not something they cared about. Instead they had only their close friends and family attend, had an intimate dinner, then danced the night away.

Second, does the value last after your wedding? These are details such as your wedding dress that you hope to pass down to your future daughter.  The wedding ring you will wear your whole life. And the videos and photographs from your wedding that can take you back to those moments and bring back those feeling over and over again. These are the things that I believe are worth investing in.  As you look at all the amazing options that there are in the world to create a beautiful wedding.  Consider what is important to you, not your Aunt or grandmother or future mother-in-law.  This is your wedding!

After figuring out what you want in a wedding, the first thing you will want to do is create a budget. A budget is the amount of money you have to dedicate to the event. Stick to the budget you set. Make a very detailed list of what you need to create dream wedding. Search online for pricing for each item, contact vendors for bids and start saving.  I advise not to go into debt for your wedding.  The last thing you want after your big celebration is to have to pay for it for six months after. Start saving and be smart and you will be able to make your dream wedding a reality.

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