Happy Thursday Tips day! :) Something that the bride from yesterday’s wedding mentioned in her interview answers really struck a chord for me. It’s something that I’m always talking about, but I felt like it deserved a Thursday Tips all on its own. :) So what is it exactly? It’s determining what’s most important to you for your wedding, and making sure that your budget reflects that.
It’s a simple concept really, but you might feel like you HAVE to stick to the exact recommendations of budget guidelines that websites and books give you. Well, I’m telling you that you have permission to NOT follow those guidelines to the T! Really, it’s okay! Take the recommendations as what they are (guidelines) so you can know what kinds of prices to expect for things, and then adjust, adjust, adjust! [Note: But sometimes even the recommendations aren’t very good guidelines. Don’t fret- an ELD budget worksheet is coming soon!]
All you have to do is choose the one or two things that are the MOST important to you for your wedding. It could be photography (which is the common choice), it could be food, entertainment, drinks, whatever- everyone has different priorities, so there is no right or wrong answer. Then take those one or two things, and pull from other areas of your budget that aren’t quite so important to you. (Here’s a hint: Sometimes wedding budget worksheets allot money to things that you won’t need, depending on who is paying for your wedding, what type of wedding you’re having, or where you are at it your wedding planning process.)
[Photo by ELV Photographer Avant Images]
So let’s go over the options for what you can choose from (in no particular order):
Yes, there are LOTS of options to choose from! Krystal, the bride from the wedding yesterday? Her most important things were photography and making sure everything was taken care of, so she splurged on those two things- photography and a planner. (I always say if you have an awesome photographer, it doesn’t matter how budget the rest of your wedding is- they can still make it look awesome in photos!) Me? My most important things were incredibly hard to choose, because I wanted EVERYTHING to be awesome. But ultimately it came down to the photography and the decor for me- my problem was that I just didn’t quite know HOW to choose the right vendors to use my money wisely (that’s another post).
So what’s most important to YOU? What are you choosing to focus a little more of your budget on? Share it in the comments, because I want to know what things are the most important to all of you!