Does it feel like wedding planning requires your life savings and the promise of your first born while signing a deal with the Devil to afford those damn ghost chairs you’ve been dreaming of? I know. I still think of young Sheena Jr. every time I steam a linen, but this bride had to have sequins on her tables so Sheena Jr. was worth the trade.
I joke. Maybe.
Here’s the thing, even if you can drop $80k on a wedding, do you want to? We have a client who had this very exact come-to-Jesus moment recently. The thought was something like “Yes, we can spend this, but if we do, we want to make sure it’s a reflection of us. If we can spend less and still keep the essence of our vision, then let’s.”
A pretty reasonable and sane thought, right? So how did we help this client?
First thing first: You need to first get your priorities straight.
What is important to one couple is a waste of money to another. This is why blanket national averages you will find online can be misleading. Those averages aren’t considering what you deem important.
Task one: Prioritize what you find most important. List all of the wedding “things.” Next, number them in order of importance (with your fiancé!) and agree what you would splurge on and what you could save money on.
Task two: Research your categories of importance to find out what the going rates are for “the best.”
Task three: Subtract the money you’ll spend on your top three priorities from your overall budget, then re-distribute the funds amongst the other categories and shop with those firm price points in mind.
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