Weddings are an expensive affair. People save for years and then end up using all of their savings in planning a perfect wedding. The worst part is that if you do not plan and budget your wedding preparation properly, you might even find yourself ending up in huge debts after the wedding. Therefore, it becomes essential that as soon as your wedding date is fixed, the first thing that you need to do is draw up a wedding budget and make sure that no matter what happens, you will plan your entire wedding within this planned budget only.
However, it is not just sticking to the budget that is difficult; one can even go overboard in making the budget itself. Below are a few tips which can help you in devising a practical and realistic budget for your wedding, which would help you control your wedding expenses and yet at the same time, have a dream wedding for yourself.
Know Your Funds
The first thing that the bride and the groom need to do is figure out the exact amount of funds that are available to them and out of these total funds, how much of them they would like to spend on their wedding ceremony. The wedding may be the most important day in the life of the bride and the groom, but it is not the end of life, rather it is the start of a new life and in this new life, both the partners will need funds for meeting many new requirements of life. Therefore, it does not make sense that the bride and the groom should use up all of their savings in the planning of the wedding. Thus, out of the total funds available, the bride and the groom need to properly plan their future and decide how much money they wish to use for their wedding.
How Big Or Small A Ceremony They Want
The next thing that the couple needs to decide is whether they wish to go in for a big ceremony, or a small ceremony. It is not true that only big weddings are special, in fact, there have been many court weddings, which ended with a simple cake cutting ceremony, and yet they were beautiful and memorable. Therefore, based on the available funds, the bride and the groom need to take the decision about whether they want to have a big or a small wedding ceremony.
Identify The Main Expenses
Every arrangement made at the wedding comes at a cost. Therefore, the bride and the groom need to identify all the various expense heads and allocate the maximum amount of funds that they would be willing to spend under each head. This allocation should be made on a practical basis and once the allocation has been made, the same needs to be adhered to till the very end of the wedding ceremony.
Know Your Priorities
When planning a wedding with limited funds, you might have to forgo certain things that you wish to have at your wedding. You need to prioritize all your wishes, so that when the time comes to make a choice between these wishes, you know exactly where the ax has to fall.