Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Weddings and Watching Your Money

Weddings are wonderful events that celebrate the love shared between two people. If you are not careful, the cost of all of the things you want for your special day can quickly add up. The thing you need to remember above everything else is that you are marrying the person you truly love and your life together is just beginning.

Family and friends are brought together at weddings and these joyous events can become expensive. You may yearn for a glitzy day with all of the frills, but if that is out of your price range, you will have to look at cost savvy ways to spend as little as possible.

To figure out how to keep expenses low, have a frank conversation with your significant other to decide what the most important elements of your nuptials will be. Perhaps having all of the people you love the most as witnesses to your vows is the most important element for both of you. Perhaps you want to have a small ceremony but want lots of flowers and an expensive dress. When it comes to weddings, if you need to watch your money, you have to set priorities and decide which ones cost higher than others.

Work out what you can realistically afford to spend and work from there. Having a budget will help a great deal. Break down each item into different parts. You want to decide how much you can spend on the ceremony, on the reception, for flowers, for food, for the marriage license and so on. Once you know what essentials you are working with you can create a guest list. Write all of this down on paper, so you can estimate all of the expenses. Just having it in your head is not enough. You need to be able to see it in written form, so you can refer to it over and over again.

Since weddings are about getting the people you love together under one roof, talk to your family members and close friends and make sure that you include them in your plans. You can use all of the help you can get when it comes to planning, preparing, and organizing your special occasion. Be willing to accept whatever help those you know have to offer.

Keep a record of what you spend and on what has been spent on. If you can see clearly what you are spending, it will be much easier to stick to your budget. Your important day does not have to be costly if you know what you are doing.

Weddings and all that goes with them can be stressful. Give yourself enough time for every step in the planning stages to ensure that you do not become overwhelmed by all of the details.

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