Prioritizing Your Wedding Budget
So, you've had a heart check and sat down with your parents to chat about your wedding budget. Now what? It's great that you know how much you have to spend in total, but how do you choose how much to spend in each category?
Well, let's figure that out! There are a couple things to consider that will get you on track.
Take care of your guests. I'm all about the details as much as you are, but at some point (especially when you’re on a limited budget), it’s time to stop worrying about what your wedding will look like in photos, and start thinking about how it will feel to you and your guests. In certain seasons, $15 worth of bug spray at cocktail hour can be worth more than all the fancy linens and candles in the world. People will remember when you made them feel comfortable, included, and welcomed. Similarly, they'll also remember when they had to wait in a line or eat cold food or trek a mile to the bathroom because you didn’t want to pay for a portable washroom. They'll most likely forgive you for those things, because they are your sweetest friends and family and they love you, but wouldn’t it be better to avoid them altogether? Gracious hospitality is always a budget “do.”
Identify your priorities early on. Doing so will be a huge help in determining where to direct your attention, time, and budget. It can also help you delegate tasks—if you’re crazy about flowers, but he can’t tell a peony from a rose, you may want to take the reins on choosing a florist, while he can use his foodie prowess to interview caterers. To help you with this task, I created a free download with wedding categories so you can print, grab a pen, and circle your top three wedding priorities (and have your fiancé do the same!).
Overlap on anything? Great! Put extra care into the parts that you both value the most. There are a few blanks for extra categories if one of your priorities is you-nique. :)
What is my main priority?
• Invite as many people as possible?
• Be featured in a magazine?
• Make our families really happy?
• Throw the best party we’ve ever been to?
Take a moment, and honestly think about your priorities for your wedding as a whole. Getting clear on this will help drive your decisions.
There are a hundred ways to split your budget, and the "average wedding" way may not make sense for you! Just remember to SET your number, CHOOSE your priorities, saves/splurges, and TRACK each expense. There are numerous tools available to do that; some of my favourites are from Southern Weddings.