Plan­ning your wed­ding budget

Brides Essence - - Contents - By Si­grid Madonko

Plan­ning a wed­ding is an ex­cit­ing sea­son. It is a spe­cial time for en­gaged cou­ples to plan the day their two lives are knitted into one and their dreams are brought to­gether.

A big part of this per­fect day is fi­nances. If not planned cor­rectly, fi­nances can cause your dream day to turn into a nightmare! It can even leave a newly mar­ried cou­ple with much un­wanted and un­planned debt; debt that can take many years to pay off.

The best place to start your wed­ding plan­ning is with the cre­ation of a budget. There are sev­eral ways to pay for a wed­ding. Tra­di­tion­ally the bride’s par­ents paid for the ma­jor­ity of the wed­ding and the par­ents of the groom paid for the drinks, a few other smaller items and the hon­ey­moon. How­ever, this is no longer al­ways the case and wed­dings can be paid for by both sides of the fam­ily, or ei­ther set of par­ents. Many cou­ples opt to pay for the wed­ding them­selves. Be­fore plan­ning any­thing it is best to speak to both sets of par­ents and dis­cuss fi­nances. Also talk to one an­other and clearly set out the budget.

Once the budget is set, de­cide on the city and coun­try you wish to get mar­ried in. Also dis­cuss the theme and style of your dream wed­ding. Write an ex­ten­sive list of pos­si­ble ex­penses and start con­tact­ing venues, restaurants, dress­mak­ers and florists to get an idea of costs. If the costs ex­ceed your budget, it is good to go

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