$5000 wedding budget.
By setting a $5000 wedding budget, you have already achieved the first important step in the planning process. The challenge now is to make sure you stick to your budget, so that you don’t get into strife down the track. You will then have to decide how to divide up your budget to cover each area of your wedding (ceremony, venue, invitations, dress, flowers etc). For example, the wedding ceremony and the reception make up approximately 40% of a typical wedding budget. How you plan to achieve the wedding of your dreams and stay within budget, is one of the biggest challenges that face many couples who don’t have any experience with planning a wedding. But there are many ways that this can be achieved, it all takes careful planning and knowing where to shop.
Try to choose a few special elements for your wedding that have some special meaning to you and your partner. Then go out and get quotes on those items to see if they will fit within your budget’s guidelines. At this stage, you may need to adjust you budget if you find that the costs are more than you can afford. If this is the case, you could look at alternative choices to cut down on the costs without compromising on quality. As an example, you could look in your community’s newsletter or the phonebook for people who work from home and cater in areas such as cake making and decorating, dressmaking, floristry etc. These specialized home services can usually charge a lot less than their retail counterparts who have high overheads to cover. Also look at discount bridal stores in preference to bridal boutiques that offer the full service. You can always have alterations made by a dressmaker if required.
Getting Everything At A Discount
The budget you set will be your guide whenever you shop for the things you need for the wedding. However, just because you have a small budget doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have a small wedding. If you do your research, you will find places where you can get a discount on all the items you need for your wedding, including the venue, dress, flowers, cake, photographer, entertainment etc. The trick is finding out where to look.
Planning a wedding can be seen as an overwhelming task as there are so many decisions to make and details to organize and coordinate. Breaking the planning schedule into small categories and working on them one at a time will help you manage the task much more easily.