The wedding budget
So you have decided plunge? Time to make your relationship official. Once the question has been popped and the necessary answer has been given, preparations for the big day need to get underway, particularly if the nuptials are planned for within a year of your engagement.
Function rooms, dressmakers, churches, gardens and vehicles for transportation are all hired out well in advance and this fact must be taken into account when planning begins in earnest.
However, the most important ingredient that needs to be factored into the equation, right from the start is your budget.
Weddings, as a rule, can be a lavish affair, costing thousands of dollars, many hours of organisation, stress and often tears.
They can also be a pleasant, intimate occasion where the couple marry amongst close family and friends in a ceremony that costs very little. It really all depends on your requirements. There are many women who have dreamt of their wedding day since they were a little girl.
The magnificent flowing wedding gown, the handsome groom and church bells ringing as you exit the church to be driven off in a horsedrawn carriage.
These dreams are all very nice and in an ideal world, most girls’ fantasy, but the reality is the budget has to be considered at some point.
It is necessary to sort out early what your wedding day must consist of and what you can realistically do without.
Nowadays a number of couples have already set up home together so it’s fair to say you are entirely independent, therefore asking your parents to help with the expenses can sometimes be out of the question.
However, if they offer to help out even slightly this will help ease the burden.
Well organised, newly engaged couples have possibly saved money and considered their wedding day in advance of the proposal.
For these people organising the ceremony and reception should be a breeze, but for those whose proposal comes like a bolt from the blue, which often it does, then planning for such an event will have to begin straight away.
it is time to take the
The first and most important decision is deciding how many people will be in attendance?
Will all these people be invited to the church, reception and dance or just the church and dance?
Where would you like to get married and the venue for the reception?
What type of transportation would you prefer? Do you have to hire this or is there a family member or friend that can oblige?
What type of entertainment would you prefer, a band or a jukebox? How many people are likely to be in the wedding party?
What will they wear? Will you organise payment or will they?
As you can see there are a million and one decisions to make and plans to put in place, so the sooner you get onto it the better.