One of the most common misconceptions about wedding planning, is the idea that there is only one way to properly plan your budget, with specific percentages allotted to specific aspects of the event – catering, attire, flowers, venue, etc.
But is there really a wrong way to plan and budget for your dream wedding, or is the notion that there is only one way to skin the proverbial cat old fashioned and outdated?
Not shockingly, the answer is simple – there is no wrong way for you to budget for your wedding, and no one should feel forced to follow traditional budgeting guidelines if they don’t take into account the aspects of the wedding that you value the most.
Step Out of the Mold
As more brides step away from the old-fashioned ideas about wedding budget, and follow their gut, spending their budget on what they feel will make them happy. For example, if having beautiful pictures is at the top of the list of what is important to you personally – investing in a top notch photographer, and the ambiance that will be photographed, would make much more sense than spending $85+ per person on food and drinks.
After all, while your guests might love the fancy food – if perfect pictures, a string quartet, or exotic, luxurious flowers are more important to you, then that’s where your money should go.
In short, there’s no reason you have to stick to old fashioned ideas about how you have to spend your money for your wedding – and there is no right and wrong way for you to make your day 100% yours.
You might be wondering where to go from here, if you throw the traditional budget percentages out the window, now what? Where should you start?
Now What? – Where To Start
Well, that’s the easy part – the best place to start is to think about what your dream wedding would look like, then plan accordingly!
If you haven’t already started dreaming – now is the time to do so!
Talk to your fiancée and decide what type of event you want to kick off your life together. Small and intimate, or large and exciting? Formal, modern with an urban feel, or a lovely garden event?
Once you’ve decided on the generalities you can start breaking down what is truly important to you as a couple, and plan and budget accordingly.
After all, no one knows better than you what you and your guests will enjoy, so take a leap – and step out of the mold to make your wedding day uniquely yours.
The key is to remember that there is no right or wrong way to spend your budget, so shake things up, and make your day one of the books!