I love weddings. I’ve worked more than my fair share of them, and I am always excited to see how each couple’s unique personality comes through in the details of their special day. Even though I love seeing how others enjoy themselves during the wedding—and especially after—one major thing I notice about weddings is that so many people seem surprised and stressed by how much they end up spending on them. It doesn’t have to be this way! You can plan your big day without going into debt or breaking the bank.
As you check off items on your wedding to-do list, you are likely excited to see your vision beginning to take shape.
Budget creep occurs when your planned amount for a particular aspect of the day increases beyond what was initially expected or agreed upon.
To avoid budget creep in wedding planning:
It is important to find a venue that will be comfortable for your guests. The venue should be the right size for the number of guests you expect. It should also be in an easily accessible location and have enough parking spaces available on site. It should also have bathrooms! Don’t overlook basic amenities. Renting a bathroom trailer, a tent or a heater can account for way more than you expected.
Booking the venue, photographer or other vendors with whom you feel the most comfortable takes precedence over choosing the lowest price.
Wedding planning can be a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful. The key is to stay organized and keep your eye on the big picture. Think about how your day will look when it’s over, because everyone has a different idea of what that means. For some people, it’s an elaborate dance party with all their friends dressed in bright colors; for others, it’s a small gathering with family where they exchange vows and celebrate afterwards by going out for brunch together. Whatever you choose as long as you’re happy there will never be any regrets!