Now that you are engaged...

Don’t run out and start hunting for venue’s or your dress! There is no rush I promise if your love is true you’ll have enough time to do the most important thing first.

CREATE YOUR WEDDING DAY BUDGET

Yes, I know its terrible to have to go through those numbers when you don’t know what things cost, but guess what? That is not what a wedding budget is! A budget is what you can afford for your wedding day. I know I’ve written quite a few posts trying to explain this but it seems every year about now someone gets themselves in a financial bind just because of skipping or misunderstanding this step.

How do you find out what your wedding budget is? How much can you afford to spend each month? Look at it as a bill, can you finace $500 a month $1000 or more? Do you have other family contributing to the wedding? Take all of this into consideration and have the conversations with your family this way everyone is on the same page and you won’t get into a bind later down the line.

What is the second most important step?

HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER

Yes, this is an important line item in your budget and I’m going to tell you why. A wedding planner does everyday what you cannot comprehend. She is the one that will find the venue for your wedding - within your budget, your photographer - within your budget, and so on. Not only that she is going to elimiate a bunch of steps that you have to take on if you do your wedding on your own so all you have to concentrate on is attire.

Those lists that you see online don’t do weddings justice. We once had 32 paid professionals all setting up at once for a wedding. I do understand that not all weddings are that intricate but they all mean something special to someone so why not take the extra step in guaranteeing that it is all that you ever belived that it would be?