Every bride has her own idea of a dream wedding. Keep in mind, though, that big dreams come with price tags. Spending money on a wedding without staying within a budget can be risky. Friedrich Nietzsche once said that people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. Denying the need of a wedding budget by spending money recklessly as you go along is being unrealistic and may cause a lot of conflict, stress and shattered expectations. Before you start booking or paying for anything, ask yourselves the very important question: “What can we afford?” Consult both sets of parents and find out whether they will be willing to contribute.
Avoid borrowing money for the wedding if at all possible! It is not a good idea to start your married life with a burden of debt that you can not afford. Many people, however, simply can not afford to get married without a loan. Never borrow more than you can afford to pay back within a year. Saving money in advance is much more rewarding.
When you create a basic budget and stick to it, it will suddenly seem
like you have more money ~ Dave Ramsey.
Once your budget is determined you can start prioritising. Discuss the event as a couple and decide what elements are important to both of you and whether there are certain things that you are willing to do without. You do not have to plan your wedding according to the standards of the media and it is not necessary to have everything you are told to have. It is quite possible to have your dream wedding without spending money that you do not have.
There are different ways to save money. If you are willing to get married on a Friday or a Sunday the cost of a wedding venue can be cut almost in half. Chances are that quotes from other wedding suppliers will come in much cheaper too. Whatever you have been made to believe…winter weddings can be magical. It will keep the costs down and availability of a venue or photographer might be less of a problem.
It is often the small and insignificant things that add up. Having the reception and ceremony at the same location saves travel costs. Using bigger tables means that you will need fewer table cloths and centre pieces. Using flowers that are in season are much cheaper.
An open bar is not essential either. Beer, wine and a signature cocktail can be served on the house for a short period of time during the reception. Make the best use of your wedding cake by replacing wedding favours with originally presented pieces of cake. Using electronic invites in stead of printing and posting invitations is becoming an acceptable practice. Hire a DJ or band that would be available for the ceremony as well as for the reception.
The latest edition of our Bruidsgids or Wedding Guide magazine will also assist you in drawing up a budget, step by step.