Etiquette Tuesday | {Budget} The Pink Elephant

If you are planning your wedding and your budget is {OPEN}, STOP! Close the magazines, put down the lace, and exit the Blogs {except this one while reading this post}. You are not ready to plan your wedding. I understand money is always a difficult topic to discuss. The fact-of-the-matter is, even though we might cringe when it’s time to talk about finances, let’s not allow it to be the Pink Elephant in the room everyone ‘s trying to ignore. Somethings you just HAVE to acknowledge and budget is #1. Not just in planning a wedding, but in life, everyone operates {or should} on a budget. Yes, even the wealthy budgets their expenses. So whether your wedding budget is $10,000 or $100,000, managing your budget is a necessity.

The budget for your wedding will determine every aspect of your decision making. So, let’s go back to the beginning. Once you and your fiance have selected your wedding date, {sit down with your fiance and EVERYONE else involved in the budget planning process. You do not want anyone left out of the loop when it comes down to paying for parts of your wedding ~ NW Etiquette Tip}. If you need help determining your budget, identify your style and then budget according to your desire. Are you a Black-Tie, Simple Elegant, DIY, or Destination Bride? Which wedding elements are most important on YOUR wedding day?

  • Ceremony
  • Number of Guests
  • Size of your Wedding Party
  • Location
  • Season
  • Food & Drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Music
  • Florals
  • Centerpieces
  • Table Linens
  • Lighting
  • Invitations & Special Printing
  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Videography

Which ever is more important is where you should spend the most attention & money. {Add a 10% cushion to y our wedding budget for last-minute, unexpected expenses ~ NW Etiquette Tip}

Here are a few common questions when planning your wedding budget.

Is it ok to have a cash-bar?

* Traditionally, this is not ok. Your guests should not have to pay for anything at your wedding. There are other ways of incorporating alcohol without breaking the bank. You can save money by creating a signature drink to flow throughout the night or offering a soft bar with wine, beer, avoiding premium alcohol.

My parents are paying for the wedding, does that mean I can’t have my wedding MY way?

* Absolutely NOT! Parents are accustomed to wanting to spend their money on things that they approve. When it comes to your wedding, you and your fiance should have the final say. This is the one time in your life when having “Your Cake & Eat it Too!” has no boundaries. But, don’t be mean about it! Consider their ideas and choose accordingly.

You mentioned a $10,000 budget, Can I plan a wedding with $10,000?

* Of course! You can produce a fabulous DIY {Do-it-Yourself} Wedding. In fact, this will get your creative juices flowing. Solicit the help of your Maids to help create personalized Save-The-Dates, Invitations, Centerpices, and Favors. Some of the BEST weddings were on the smallest of budgets. Depending on your priorities list, you can determine what is most important and what you can forego when planning your wedding.

How can I cut the cost of my wedding?

* There are several ways you can cut the cost of your wedding. The best and most efficient way to cut cost is by cutting the guest list. If your guest list is already intimate, consider the following 7 cost-saving techniques:

  1. Consider having your wedding on an off season. Most weddings take place during the summer months. Venues & Vendors hike up their prices during this time. Having your wedding on an off season may result in getting your services at a discounted rate.
  2. Saturday is the most expensive day-of-the-week to get married. Consider getting married during the week or on a Sunday.
  3. Have a cocktail reception. Having your wedding in the afternoon, before dinner, will not require a sit-down meal.
  4. Cut the layers. This is not my favorite option, but it is optional to save costs by having a single layer cake instead of a tiered-cake.
  5. Save money on hiring an officient. Have an ordained friend marry you. Yes, it will be legal!
  6. Cut the champagne toast! Let your guests toast with what they are already consuming.
  7. Cut your DJ time. Your DJ will be there until your reception is over. Have a shorter reception which will cut the amount of time you are paying for additional DJ services. Some couples are relying on iPod’s to set the tone for their wedding.

Think of your guests first when making budget cuts. Never make cuts that will effect their overall feel for your wedding. Take a deep breathe! Don’t let the Pink Elephant cause you stress! Remember, you can always talk to a Professional Wedding Planner to help identify & manage your budgeting expenses.

Happy Planning!

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