Your wedding can be the happiest day of your life, but also the most expensive day of your life if you don’t budget appropriately. Being something most of us have never planned before, a wedding’s expenses are difficult to navigate, so we went to the people who are professionals on the topic. These planners gave us a few super helpful tips to keep your wedding budget under control.
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1. Prioritize Categories According to Importance
While discussing big-ticket items (venue, catering, rentals, etc.) and small items (wedding party gifts, beauty treatments, favors, etc.), you can prioritize categories according to importance and budget accordingly. For example, if ambiance is a priority to you and your partner, I would recommend supplementing more of your budget to your venue, music, and lighting instead of the tiny details that add up. Essentially, budget to what means most to you and go from there. – Nicole George Events
2. Plan for Emergencies
I always recommend to clients that they set aside 10% of their budget for wedding emergencies – the same as you would with your personal budget. This gives you room to handle emergencies such as last minute guests or other costs that may unexpectedly occur. –Règine Danielle Events
3. Pick Seasonal Flowers
Definitely keep floral options in season. This is wonderful not only to capture the season accurately but it keeps the cost down in floral expenses. – Limani Designs
4. Double Up
Combining favors and escort cards helps to save on items to purchase. By attaching a tag with guests’ names to favors, your escort card display will look impressive, and favors will also be taken to the table and will act as an additional decor element! – Sparkle and Ink
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5. Edible Favors
If you’re planning on favors make sure they’re edible. So many guests will leave behind that little something you thought was cute but they have no place for in their homes making it a waste of money for you. Almost all guests, however, will take home a tasty treat to enjoy. Think luxury chocolates, locally sourced honey, jam or syrup, a Mr. & Mrs. favorite snack, or something fun like donuts & coffee beans forthe next morning. – Shi Shi Events
What are your best tips for brides on a budget?