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Help! My wedding plans don’t fit my wedding budget!

Help! My wedding plans don’t fit my wedding budget!

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Here’s the scenario: You start to plan your wedding and the first few quotes are coming in. You clearly under estimated how much that dream dress was going to cost and the gorgeous bouquet that you have your heart set on, is going to costs a small fortune. Visits to potential venues has left you thinking that you have to take out a mortgage (do they know you only want to hire it, not buy it?) and finding the cash to decorate the venue is not looking very hopeful either. So what does any budget conscious bride do? They see what services they can drop from their wedding list to make the figures fit. Makes sense, right?

Well in theory yes. But like everything, the process of doing this is not that simple. So here, I am going to share with you the best tactic to use when trying to figure out budget saving solutions

There are 2 things you need to base your decisions on; your heart and the good old fashioned process of weighing up the pros and cons. Then it simply comes down to whether you can deal with the consequences.

Only you are aware of your vision for your wedding day. It will include things that you have always had your heart set on and it will include other elements that are a mixture of common sense and industry standards.

Examples of heart felt requirements

  • Wedding dress
  • Atmosphere
  • Decorations
  • Entertainment

Examples of of common sense and industry standards

  • A venue or space to get married in
  • Someone to legally marry you
  • Some form of refreshments for your guests

Then you have the grey areas like

  • Photographer
  • Cake
  • Invitations
  • Wedding cars

In my experience, the heart felt requirements never get compromised no matter how much they cost. Common sense and industry standards are a must. So that just leaves the grey areas. Here are my pros:

Photographer – The only professional record you will have of your special day
Cake – A focal point during the receptions and sometimes doubles up as the desert
Invitations – These set the scene of your style and what to expect on your day
Wedding cars – Your chance to arrive on style

I would love to hear your thoughts on what services you would drop to save money and why. Just write your comments below.

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