I cannot stress this enough! Whether you are planning a large or small wedding, you must start off with a plan; I repeat you must start off with a plan. And not just jotting down a list of things, but thoroughly think about how you want your wedding to look. Write down every detail of the wedding, don’t leave anything out.
I mean write everything from soloist for the ceremony, to party favors, to centerpieces, to guest book, ceremony items such as communion set for bride, groom (determine who will take communion during the service, bride, groom, wedding party, parents)? Candles for wedding ceremony, Salt covenant (if you don’t know about this it is AMAZING thing that can be a part of the wedding ceremony) sign up for my email list and put in the notes or comments section “send me the Salt Covenant information” and I will send it to you. There is so much to consider and it will take you a couple of days to determine everything. Don’t try to do this in one day, even if you spend 8-10 hours on it. Take it a break from it and get back to it. Look it over several times and talk it over with you fiancé’ and anyone else who is helping in the planning process.
Once you have written everything down, put a price next to it. Take the time to find out exactly how much it is going to cost for the item that you have on your list. This will help you determine if you can afford such item. During this process it best to shop around and find the best vendor for this item that you have indicated on your budget. You may find out the cheapest vendor may not be the vendor who will give you exactly what you want in the item that you have listed. What I mean by this is that, lets say you find this beautiful cake that they bakery can make at the price that you want to pay, but they don’t provided delivery, but there is another bakery that will make the cake almost exactly how you want and provides delivery too, it cost a little more and you have to pay extra for delivery, which bakery will you decide to use.
Once you have done the above for every item on your budget total everything and the grand total is what it will cost to have the wedding that YOU desire. I put special notation on “You” because hopefully everything you have listed is what you and your finance’ have determined that you want for your wedding. Sometimes brides do things because of what their parents want or what their family members want. Remember it’s your day and your wedding.
Here is a sample budget list that can help you get started. In my wedding guide I have a complete wedding budget worksheets that help you identify what should be an item on your budget. Wedding planning can be overwhelming, purchase the wedding guide to assist you with your planning process.
- Venue (does the venue serve food or this is just space rental)
- Caterer (if venue serves food no need for a caterer)
- Wedding Ceremony
- Flowers (bridal bouquet, grooms men, flower girl, bridesmaid, parents)
- Candles for wedding ceremony
- Centerpieces for reception
- Open or closed bar for reception
- Wedding dress
- Grooms tux
- Photographer and/or Videographer
- Wedding Favors
- Save the dates
- Officiant for wedding ceremony
- Master or Mistress of ceremony for the reception
- Wedding party gifts
- Soloist or musical group (wedding ceremony)
- Soloist or musical group (reception only)
This is a very short list that you can start with in creating your budget. Purchase the “I’m Getting Married” wedding guide for a complete detailed budget and worksheets to assist with staying organized.
Planning your wedding can be an overwhelming process but it doesn’t have to be if you are organized, the wedding guide will help you in your planning process.