5 TRICKS FOR BUDGETING MY WEDDING
Sweet Beginning, Engagement, & Wedding Tips
A blog series to help every couple on their adventure to marriage.
By | Crystal Horton Photography
Peaceful moment in the parkafter a wedding ceremony, the bride and groom pose by a brickwall, surrounded by leaves
Congratulations, You’re engaged. Excitement. Fear. Joy. All emotions hitting you at once. No worries, This whole things will be a fun roller coaster.
You are here because you want to do your wedding the correct way. The correct way is to keep a handle on your finance. Being blind to the cost of a wedding is one of the biggest reasons our countries divorce rate is so high. Yes I said the “D” word. But it’s a fact of the matter. I want to make sure you avoid any unneeded stress that comes with planning your wedding.
In news, books, and internet, marital surveys are gathered. You will read that finances are one of the leading cause of divorce.
My 5 tips summed up:
Know Actual Wedding Costs
Get a wedding loan or not
Groom waiting for the first look
Actual Wedding Costs
Who reading this remembers the movies in school called ‘School House Rock’? What would they always say? “Knowledge is power.”
Knowledge of your wedding is the best power. Do you know what different aspects of a wedding can costs you? What can you splurge on? What can you save on? Let's find out.
Note, that these are not exact numbers. Different areas have different costs. And ultimately your decisions will result in different pricing points.
The biggest factor to these costs is your engagement length. The longer your engagement the easier it will be to pay for your dream wedding.
Now I'm not saying an engagement should last years. But, 18 months is a great number to work with. Vendors will still be available. And, plenty of time to budget your dream celebration.
reflection of the ceremony for a beautiful wedding moment
Estimated Wedding Item Costs for 2020
Wedding Bands/Rings $200-$3,000
Facility, Temple, Church, Synagogue, Ect
Decorations for Chuppah, Mandap, Alter, Chairs, Isle
Programs & directions
priceless and timeless makeup moment
Hair & Makeup $200-$700
Rehearsal/Thank You Dinner $600-$3,000
Wedding Planner $600-$5,000
Monetary tips for all professional $50-$100/professional
Don't feel like you have to get everything I listed. It's just a general check list that most of my weddings have.
Things that get forgotten are Rehearsal Dinner and Tipping the pros.
wedding reception hall
First To Get a Loan or Not
I veto this idea. But I can see the perks. If you are good with finances, you can choose to. Many couples want a shorter engagement. Means less time to save and pay for your celebration. The quick solution; get a small, short term loan.
Remember that a loan, just like credit card, will have interest and you will be paying extra.
If you are considering this option here are some pros and cons to think about before you bring this up to your s.o.
a gift from the bride for the groom, a pocket watch
Tracking and Organizing
This is my favorite tip. Being aware of what you have. Know what you need. Accountable for your wedding stuff. You will look like you know what you are doing. How to track your wedding:
Dayton Art Institute Engagement session evening sun
Time versus Money
convert these words into DIY or Buy. Not everyone is left brain. Some of us are more creative and can create amazing things with our hands. Warning, DIY can be more as expensive than buying it out right. And people with money, know that time is way more valuable than money.
Also, go down the rabbit hole and look up “pinterest fails”. It’s funny, but on a serious note, it’s so bad!
Here are some of your Pros and Cons on DIY or Buy:
Need versus Want
This is one of most difficult things you will do for your wedding. Deciding what you need versus what you want. One of the most important ways to stay within your budget.
Purchasing something you want or purchase something that you need.
Types of things a wedding typically Needs:
Types of things as a wedding Want:
Peeking at the maids finishing their details
Every couple is different and even each person in the relationship is different. While you think something is a need, someone else might see it as a want. Blurring that line is what will cause you to lose sight of your budget and ciaos will ensue quickly.
Tip: Every time you see a detail or item for your wedding ask yourself a questions. “Will my wedding still have meaning and be beautiful without this?”
Your wedding will be beautiful. Your celebration will be spectacular. Keep in mind the before the wedding and the after the wedding. You have been happy before your wedding. You will be happy after your wedding.
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What makes me a different kind of wedding photographer? Let me share the intimate details of how losing my job in the middle of planning my wedding, defined me as a photographer. Focused on not just stunning images, but the experience of a lifetime for you.
You know 30 weddings a year is not many. But, that is because I give more than digital downloads. I deliver an unforgettable experience. Pick the perfect wedding photography package and experience from one of my specially designed packages.
Crystal Horton Photography
1729 Red Clover Dr., Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Captivating Wedding Photography in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Ohio Tristate