Now that you have insured your ring, taken your engagement pictures, and chosen your bridal tribe, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty.
You gotta finalize a budget. Grab your fiance, pour yourselves a large glass of wine, and talk money. I’m sure it’s not the first time and definitely won’t be the last.
Once you have your budget finalize - by budget I mean a specific number or small range - you can start prioritizing your wedding. This means ranking all the possible vendors and expenses. Here are some items to keep in mind:
Date || Do you have a specific date in mind? Season? Keep in mind that vendors usually offer major off season (October to April ish) discounts.
Location || Are you going to have a destination wedding? Are you planning on staying close to home?
Number of people || Do you want to invite every single person you’ve ever met or your closest friends and family?
Booze || Is an open bar a big priority? Can you manage with just a few kegs?
Food || Do you want to have a four course, locally sourced meal? If so, you may have to have a much smaller guest list than if you were just serving pasta.
Music || Do you want a live band or a DJ? Maybe you’re okay with just creating a playlist to listen to.
Photography || This is something we don’t suggest skipping on. These are pictures you are going to look back on forever. If you’re looking for a less expensive photographer, find someone who just started out.
Flowers || Do you want elaborate arrangements with a specific type of flower or do you want wildflowers? We love them all!
Planners || shameless plug || Do you want someone - or someones - to help select vendors, finalize your style, execute your vision, keep your wedding day running smoothly, and all in all keep your stress to a minimum?
After asking yourselves each of these questions, rank all these possibilities with your partner. This way you two can stay on the same page! If you find a wedding venue that you love, but can't hold your must have 300 person guest list? Pass. It wasn't meant to be!
Keep an eye out for our post next week. We're sharing some tips on how you can still have a large wedding with a modest budget.