PLANNING: PRIORTIZE TO STAY
WITHIN YOUR WEDDING BUDGET
So you're planning your wedding
and a thousand decisions must be
made! It can be an exciting, but
tiring experience to pull off the
wedding of your dreams, especially
within your budget.
The best way to evaluate how and
where to allocate your wedding budget
is to determine exactly what your
priorities are. What do you deem
important for your Big Day? What
specific areas or elements of the
wedding ceremony and reception do
you value the most?
there are no right or wrong answers!
The priorities you
and your fiancé place on various
aspects of your wedding simply reflect
who you are as individuals and who
you are together as a couple. Price,
however, is an important factor in
determining your priorities in many
instances. You may choose some elements
of your wedding to be practical and
affordable, thereby allowing you
to indulge in certain items or areas
that are your "favorites".
When you decide to sit down and
pinpoint definitive priorities, you've
won half the battle. It's easy to
delegate money and tasks when you
understand what is the most important
to you, as well as what is the least
Task: (Note: You'll probably want
to set aside 30 minutes to an hour
Grab two pieces of paper so you
and your fiancé can each create
a separate list (no peeking!) of
the top 20 places to which you would
like to assign money. As well, include
a rough estimate of what amount may
be spent for every item on your list.
When you are finished, add up the
total of your estimates to ensure
that it does not exceed your budget's
2. If you are having trouble coming
up with dollar amounts, try using
percentages instead. Set aside 10%
of your wedding budget for miscellaneous
expenses, and using the remaining
90%, allocate a percentage to each
item on your list. This will put
your priorities in order.
Compare lists and discuss.
may find that you value some things
less than you initially thought...good!
This means that you're closer to
deciding what parts will or will
not play a big role in your wedding.
If you and your fiancé have
conflicting top choices...even better!
Talk about where you can compromise
or meet in the middle. This is the
perfect opportunity to amalgamate
your ideas and expectations to create
a wedding that suits both of you
you fully understand what your
priorities are as a couple, you’ll
be better prepared to make honest
decisions that will get you closer
to the wedding of your dreams. By
properly identifying and understanding
your priorities, you'll be more satisfied
with your choices and will more readily
stay within your wedding budget.
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Jennifer Benson is Vice President
and cofounder of WedQuarters.com Wedding Websites, a leading online
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