Thursday, March 29, 2012

Your Money and Your Wedding

bride will work for food

Well I have revived my blog from the dead. I had not written in awhile because the inspiration had not been there. But like I said on twitter this morning, sometimes it takes something crazy to jolt you back on the grind. So I'm back!!!

This is the beginning of a series about spending your money for your wedding. A touchy subject I know, but I think brides and grooms need to know what is realistic and what is "fantasy wedding TV shows". So, what I will be doing is making this as basic and elementary as possible, because I want everyone to know what can really happen with YOUR budget. So I welcome your comments and please share with any bride you know who is living in "wedding tv" fantasy land.

Below are all items that should be included in your wedding budget.
  • Your Reception: Which includes your food and beverage (catering) and venue
  • Your Decor: Which includes your flowers (personal and ceremony/reception flowers), table linen, lighting, draping or any special decor items you love.
  • Photography
  • Wedding Coordinator
  • Music (ceremony and reception)
  • Wedding Cake
  • Ceremony Venue
  • Your Dress
  • Transportation
  • Wedding Stationery: Invitations, programs, escort cards
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Miscellaneous items: wedding licence, tips, wedding favors
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Wedding Rings

I know if you are planning your wedding you have seen this list before, but please know that the brides who are chosen for that "fantasy wedding television show" are not presented with a budget. Therefore, anything is possible, because she is on TV!!! We will look at all of these vendor costs individually so you can have a realistic expectation of what each vendor costs, so you can properly budget.

The goal of this series is for couples to plan the beautiful wedding THEY can afford. Inspiration for your wedding can be received from wedding blogs, magazines and television, but you have to allow your budget dictate what you do with that inspiration.

I welcome your questions and comments. So feel free to leave them. Happy planning to you all!

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