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Wedding Planning Priorities

Planning a wedding celebration is an exciting time. You have so many ideas and visions of what you want for that special day, things that you have dreamed about all of your life; the beautiful, formal wedding dress, the chariot that will transport you to and from your big day, the five course sit down dinner, the cake, the honeymoon… and so on, and so on. Whoa, lets slow down just a bit. There are a few things to consider before all of that wedding day planning begins. “Like what?” you ask.

Let’s start with a conversation with your intended. What is he thinking about? Maybe something less formal, like a party atmosphere that doesn’t include a chariot. He may have his heart set on renting a Lamborghini for the get away, or a cigar bar at the reception for the fellas. Oh my!

Next thing up for discussion, the budget. Who’s paying for this event, how much is there to spend and where will we be spending it. No matter what type of budget you are working with, you must set priorities of how much you will spend on certain things.  Here is a basic breakdown of what you can expect to pay:

Reception: 40%-50%
Ceremony: 2%-3%
Attire: 8%-10%
Flowers: 8%-10%
Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%
Photography/Videography: 10%-12%
Stationery: 2%-3%
Planner/Coordinator: 10%- 15%
Miscellaneous: 8% (Gifts, Transportation, etc)

To avoid stress, allot about 5% of your budget for a “just-in-case” fund. If you’re paying for your honeymoon yourselves, remember to budget for that as well.

You also want to have follow-up to that previous discussion of your vision meets his. I know you think it’s your day but it’s not. The day is for both of you, to acknowledge and celebrate your union as husband and wife. Your family and friends will be there as well as his. His guests may not be comfortable with the formal pomp and circumstance of a formal event or it could be the other way around, he wants formal, you don’t. Either way, have a good, realistic and adult-like conversation about the must haves, should haves, and would be nice to haves.

If your schedule is very tight and you don’t know where you will possibly fit in any of the many vendor appointments or venue visits, consider hiring a wedding planner or coordinator. A planner can save you lots of time and head aches by doing a lot of the work for you, and recommending just who to see and talk to, without you running all over to town.  Don’t think you can afford a wedding planner? Don’t worry, many planners have a package that will meet the most minimal of needs.

And last but not least, remember the reason for the celebration to begin with; a marriage of two people, who fell in love and are now choosing to commit themselves to another, unselfishly, for the rest of their lives. That is what the wedding day is all about.


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