Welcome to our very first Blog Hop for 2015!
This month we want to help you start the year off by getting organized as you’re planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas to help you reduce stress and enjoy the planning process as you move along through the blog hop.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from #11. Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.
I participated in a Bridal Open this weekend at a local venue and was approached by a bride requesting additional information about my custom wedding design services. She began to tell me her vision for her wedding and described the types of centerpieces and overall look for her big day. I knew instantly that she would need a larger budget to pull off the wedding she envisioned and asked her two questions. 1. How many guests are you inviting? and 2. What is your overall budget? Her response: 200 guests and a $15,000 budget. It simply broke my heart to hear that! Now, don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that not every bride has a limitless budget to work with for her wedding but her particular wedding would cost at least $30,000 to pull it off the way she wanted! I see this time and time again: big wedding dreams and unrealistic wedding budgets. There are a couple of ways you can get organized prior to shopping for the perfect venue and booking vendors to keep this from happening to you—and that’s what I want to talk about today.
So, how do you get organized to have the wedding of your dreams for a price you can afford? I have four tips to get you started.
- Manage your wedding vision expectations. There is no way you can truly establish a wedding budget unless you know how much what you want costs. I’ve said it to brides a thousand times…if you really love a particular centerpiece or invitation design or wedding dress, call around and get a price quote on how much it may cost you. The price tag of those photos you’ve been pinning may surprise you, so do your research. A lot of times, wedding inspiration you fall involve with on Pinterest may be above your price range but there are alternative options to achieve a similar look. If you have an idea of how much what you want costs, you’ll be able to make adjustments to get to your desired end result without going over your budget.
2. Rank order the categories of wedding spending in order of importance. While planning your wedding there may be ares you will have to be willing to compromise and there will also be areas that you are not willing to budge. Book the vendors for the areas you aren’t willing to budge on first so that you will for sure have room for them in your budget. For example, if you met THE photographer you want to capture your wedding day at a bridal show, but s/he is sort of on the expensive side, you would rank photography very high on your priority list so you can have the photographer you really want and another area that isn’t as important to you rank lower so you can get creative or cut corners to save, i.e. guest favors.
3. Be realistic about do-it-yourself projects. I was a D-I-Y bride myself, but I want to fair warn you that attempting to create all of your centerpieces, design all of your own invitations, baking your own cake and set up your own tables may sound like a great idea and tons of savings on your budget—but doing everything yourself is simply not practical. You are getting married and preparing mentally, emotionally and spiritually for your union should be your top priority. Add on top of that all of your normal day-to-day responsibilities and actually enjoying being engaged and there isn’t as much room on your plate as you might think to take on a lot of D-I-Y projects. If you are crafty and really creative, pick one or two projects and solicit your bridesmaids to help you! Leave everything else to the professionals – time is even more valuable than the couple hundred bucks you will save because that is time you can’t get back and you will take on less stress in your planning process.
4. Hire a wedding coordinator. You don’t plan weddings everyday, but we do. If you don’t have any close friends or relatives who are married, just trust me on this one. As a Wedding coordinator, it’s my job to know how much different elements for your big day will cost you and how much per person you are likely to spend at a venue you want to tour. I even have access to vendor discounts that can save you thousands of dollars on your budget. So in the long run, a wedding coordinator not only relieves stress on the day of your wedding, but also help you keep more money in your pocket OR help you make more informed purchasing decisions.
The next stop is Deborah Ashe at Rev. Deborah Ashe on Natalie’s Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month!
- Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
- Katherine Shorter at Creating Awesomenessity
- Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last
- Chantal Benoit at Chantal Benoit Photographer
- Elizabeth Batte at plainjane designs
- Andie Freeman at Andie Freeman Photography
- Brenna Fields Taylor at An Elegant Affair LLC
- Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events
- Sharon K Hyatt at Weddings with Sharon of Awesome Designs & Weddings
- Tessa Marie at Tessa Marie Weddings
- Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs
- Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events
- Deborah Ashe at Rev. Deborah Ashe
- Angela Christoforo at Elite Wedding and Event Planning
- Liz Coopersmith at Silver Charm Events
- Amber Peterson at Cheers Wedding & Event Planning
- Maggie Evans at Maggie Evans Designs :: handmade bridal couture
- N’neka Scruggs at Images by N’neka
- Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings
- Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands
- Kimberly Parks at KP Photography
- Simone R. Ross at Lil’ Tux N Tiara’s Event Sitters & Entertainment
- David Osborne at Sound Insight Productions
- Nicole Hill at Flora Bond
- Shaun Cox at A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events
- Katrina McCullum at Made of Honor Weddings
- Sandy Salle at Hills of Africa Travel
- Rachel Huntoon at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast
- Daphne Simpson at Elite Design
- Kishana Highgate at Kishana Highgate Photography
- Loraine McCall at Mojica Photography
- Teresa Rhodes at Nearly Nesters
- Andrea Freeman at Andrea Freeman Events
- Nikki Michel at Ciao Bella Weddings
- Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing
- Christine Ringuette at Down The Aisle Wedding Planning & Design
- Myiesha Antwine at Kiss and Tell Weddings
- Ashley Rae at Ashley Rae Events
- Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Inc
- Lydia Wells at Writer Mom
- Melissa Pepin at Melissa Pepin Photography