The summer and fall seasons are huge for weddings. It's also the starting point for those brides entering the phase of planning their 2018 weddings. We all know that weddings are costly events and you never want to miss a detail. Having a budget in place prior to the planning is key. You don't have to have a big budget to have a fantastic wedding, trust me! However, you need to have this in place. With a clear vision, the right team, and proper tools at hand. You'll have the wedding of your dreams and your guests raving about their experience (we want everyone to have a great time).
I love watching wedding shows that speak to this. TLC's 4 Weddings, is a perfect example. Four brides come together in a wedding planning competition and plans their perfect wedding, in hopes to win a romantic honeymoon. I mention this because this show showcases brides with different budget's and styles. Each bride get's to attend every wedding and gives an over all score based off of their experience. It's very helpful and gives viewers the opportunity to get a peak into planning a wedding.
Wedding blogs are a great tool when it comes to wedding planning. Baltimore Brides Magazine has an amazing article that specifically speaks to planning a Baltimore wedding. You can check it out here. This article fully discusses the hardest part of planning a wedding. The one major take away was making sure to create a realistic budget and stick to it.
From Baltimore Brides Magazine- Here are the 5 Steps to Building a Budget that the article recommend taking. Read the full article here.
1. Discuss money with all parties
Talking money is never easy but it is the first step in building a budget. You will want to be discuss specifics with all parties involved.
2. Settle on a final amount
And stick to it..... I can't stress this enough. Your wedding should not be treated like a college student loan. You don't want to be paying things off after you say "I do".
3. Start researching costs
You will want to do your research for the industry standard for wedding cost in Baltimore. Knowing what the common ranges for each line item i.e. rental's, cake, flowers, and photography are important and can make or brake your final cost decisions for specific vendors. I always suggest to my brides to think about what is important, and what they value. This will help allow you to make the best investment for your event. For example, you know you want your entire wedding day photographed. Wedding photography accounts for 9% of your budget. Packages start with 8 hours of coverage. You will want to make sure this is enough time to capture your day. If you have to extend coverage, make sure to budget for this.
4. Plug in price ranges (minimum you can expect to maximum you’re willing to pay)
Figure in and included the minimum you can expect to pay and the maximum you are willing to pay for each item.
5. Build in a buffer
There are always unexpected costs in life and especially weddings! Make sure to include a miscellaneous category for any hiccups like a wedding day bridal kit, shoe grips, or vendor tips.
Wedding planning is fun and can be a stressful. Taking the right steps will create space for peace and enjoyment along the way. One extra tip I suggest is to work with a wedding coordinator/planner. Trust me you will be happy that you did.
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Happy wedding planning love.