We try to pass on as much knowledge and wisdom pertaining to planning a wedding on a budget as we can around here. Why? Well, when you’ve been around newlyweds both leading up to and on their big days as long as our NJ & NYC wedding photographers have, you pick up plenty of tips and tricks along the way.
Whether it’s planning your budget, budget hacks, getting the most out of a tight budget, etc., we’ve got something to offer, but today’s post is all about staying on your budget once it’s set. Make no mistake, that can be just as difficult as determining your budget or navigating the planning process with a tight one. So, read on for a few tips.
Factor in all the details.
The first step toward staying on budget is determining the right one. Think about it, chances are that you’re doing this for the first time, which means that you’re probably not fully aware of all the little details that accompany every single area of wedding planning. It’s perfectly understandable, but the thing is that those little details add up.
So, when determining your budget, you need to really do your research. Speak with other couples you know who’ve went through the process before and discuss all the details with your vendors when you get to that point as well. There are almost always at least a few hidden costs here and there.
Things like tips, overtime, little decor extras, marriage license fees, etc., add up. And while no one’s saying that you can get around little details like those, factoring them into your budget plans from the start is the best way to give yourself a solid chance of staying within budget. At least you’ll be properly prepared.
Sure, staying on budget will only do you good in the long run, but you already know that. Every pair of newlyweds-to-be knows that, but that doesn’t make it any easier to do. Giving yourself an additional incentive, however, can. It may seem unnecessary, but take it from us, it’s worked for a lot of couples.
As far as the incentive itself, it could just be a general little reward. Wedding planning can get pretty stressful, so something as simple as going out to dinner at one of your favorite restaurants or treating yourself to a massage can be a very welcome break. You could, for instance, reward yourself every time you complete an area of planning on or under budget.
You could also make the reward something that has to do with the actual wedding. For example, you could decide to allow yourself to really splurge on something or in one area, but only if you somehow stay under budget in all other phases of your planning. That way, you’ll not only be making an effort to stay on budget, but under it.
Don’t go it alone.
The great thing about planning a wedding as opposed to other kinds of parties is that it’s about two people, not just you. That’s why it only makes sense to take a tag-team approach to staying on your budget. You don’t have to police each other or anything like that, but frequently checking in with one another about planning decisions and your budget is absolutely a good idea.
Even if your partner isn’t too involved in the planning process, hopefully you’re still not doing it all alone. Whether it’s a close friend or family member who’s helping you out, you could also ask for his or help with staying on budget. Again, the person doesn’t need to police or pester you, but simply checking in here and there can be a big help.
The point is that staying on your budget isn’t even easy with help, but it’s definitely not as hard as doing it alone. So, whether it’s your partner, planner, friend, relative, or an app, look for ways to involve others besides yourself to ensure you’re staying on track.
Go off budget in one area and another will suffer.
The bottom line is that once you determine the right budget for your wedding, sticking to it is essential for bringing your vision to life. If you go over on one element or continue to go over a little here and there, then it will show somewhere else. We hope these tips help. Good luck!
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