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Budgeting for your wedding

You’re engaged!!!  Congratulations! Some of you may already have had your wedding all planned out since you were 5 and some of you probably never gave it a second thought.  Regardless, you have a lot to do from this point on.  Beginning with one of the most if not the most important part of your wedding planning – the wedding budget.

Whether you are having a simple intimate wedding for 30 or an extravagant lavish wedding for 300, the first thing to do before any pinning on Pinterest, is to determine your wedding budget.

Budgeting for your wedding

 

Determining and agreeing to a wedding budget will save you and your fiancé lots of heartache and stress throughout your wedding planning journey and also keep you focus on what is more of a priority for both of you. So how do you figure out your wedding budget?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How much can we save on a weekly basis from now until 2 weeks prior to the wedding?
  • Is anyone else contributing to assist with the wedding cost? If so, ask them if they wouldn’t mind letting you know what the amount will be so that you can accurately budget for your wedding.

Once you determine what the total wedding budget number is going to be, know that half of that budget will most likely go into your venue space and catering.

Let’s use $15,000 as an example budget for your entire wedding.  A minimum of $7,500 will automatically need to be allocated for your venue and catering.  If you have 100 guests, that is a total of $75 per person.  Know that your venue and food budget has to include gratuities, tax, etc.

The other $7,500 will need to be divided among everything else (invitations, wedding attire, DJ, cake, flowers, photographer, etc.).  Now that you have a basic idea what the rest of the budget will go towards, you need to decide what is more important to you and your fiancé.  Maybe it’s a $2,000 wedding attire or maybe it’s beautiful flowers.  Whatever is most important to both of you determines how you spend the rest of your wedding budget.  Just remember that if you spend too much on one thing, you will probably have to sacrifice on another.

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Well, that’s the quick and dirty version on budgeting for your wedding.  Just remember that planning your wedding should be a fun and stress-free journey to the rest of your wonderful life’s journey.  Whatever your budget is, use it as a guideline. Know that it can always run a little over and if you are lucky, a little under.  The point is, don’t make yourself too crazy.  Best of luck in your wedding planning journey!

 

Romantic at heart, Jolie Colon is the owner of i do events and party rentals. Also owner of Le Fluer Atelier of i do events…
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Budget Friendly Thrift Finds for Your Wedding

Budget Friendly Thrift Finds for Your Wedding

Budget Friendly Thrift Finds for Your Wedding

There are about a million and one pieces to a wedding. Between the necessities, such as chairs, and the gifts for the wedding party it can seem like an endless list of items you need to work into a budget.

Recently, many brides have been turning to thrift stores in an attempt to dress their wedding in a unique fashion while pinching a few pennies. These are a few of my favorite things I’ve found for my budget friendly wedding that could help you in your search.

Lauren Louise Photography vintage dress

The Dress

Before you look at me with those crazy eyes, just trust me. Over the past 6 months I have found a total of 3 perfectly perfect vintage and handmade wedding dresses, all under $130. I am lucky enough to fit into my Grandma’s dress from the 1950s, but that did not stop me from buying three other potential dresses- because that’s just what happens when you have a pretty sparkly thing on your finger.

Don’t be afraid to thumb through the wedding dresses hanging in your local thrift, vintage, and consignment shops. I found the most beautiful 1950s designer wedding dress stuffed in a plastic bag in the back of a thrift store for $40.

Keep in mind, finding a size or two larger is always better than it being too small. A seamstress will work his/her magic and create a custom fit just for you.

 

Vintage Cake Stand

Cake Stand

Every time I see a cake stand in a thrift store I feel an impulse to purchase. Your cake is about as important as your dress, and it

certainly deserves a gorgeous cake stand to stand upon.

Cake stands are even great to stack on top of one another, creating a multi-level dessert bar. Plus, every new home will need at least one to proudly display homemade treats.

 

Vintage VeilThe Veil

As beautiful as they are, I’m not entirely sure why veils cost $100 on a good day when you happen to hit up a trunk show or bridal sale.

I recently found a gorgeous long veil with lace details running along the edges for $10. Which means if it happens to fly off your head as you are walking down the aisle and it is only worn for 10 pictures, you won’t feel so bad about it.

Thank You Gifts

Squirral

This might be my absolute favorite thing to purchase during our thrifting adventures. Here you have an opportunity to find something completely unique and personal. During one of our trips to our favorite outdoor antique fair we purchased a pair of candle holding squirrels for my mom and a 1930s Maine license plate for my stepdad (he might love the great state of ME more than he loves me). There’s just no way I could have found those gems at the mall. I think my mom about cried when she saw the squirrels, and understandably so.

I hope this blog post helps in your quest for budget friendly thrift finds for your wedding!

Jenny of Jenny Does Weddings is a blogger, wedding planner, and stylist who can be found spending her weekdays blogging and her weekends’ thrifting.