By: Cedar Rain Gordon
So, most, if not all, weddings have some sort of budget. If you have absolutely no budget, whatsoever, you could quickly be throwing 6 figures at the one day. If you don’t make a Hollywood paycheck, but still want to have a wedding, it’s best to give yourself some sort of limit, so that you might still be able to own a house in your lifetime.
Couples planning a traditional wedding in the New Hampshire seacoast region are spending an average of $20,000-$40,000. The question then, is how to get the most bang for your limited buck. The answer is to prioritize. Make a list of all the things that are important to you. For instance, a stunning view, a huge dance floor, elaborate & custom lighting design, a couture wedding gown, an open bar, haute cuisine menu, china & crystal rather than paper & plastic. Make the list huge and dreamy and, maybe even, completely fantastical. Then, start doing some pricing research. Assign realistic dollar amounts to each item. Add them up. How far over budget are you? Maybe not all. Maybe you’re considering knocking over a bank. Maybe you’re so discouraged you’re thinking of calling the whole thing off.
This is the time to sit down with your fiancé, and anyone else in your family who’s helping with the planning or paying, for a nice long chat. Things can get challenging here; how often does your family agree on anything? Let everyone say their piece, uninterrupted. Let me repeat that: uninterrupted. Once everyone has gotten the chance to say what’s important to them, it’s time to do a second budget crunch. In a perfect world, each person could have the one or two most important items on their dream list. In a real world, we’ll have to make some tough decisions. The thing to keep in mind is that the day is about the joining of two people and two families. Allow this budgeting process to open the doors of communication that will keep you all happy & functionin in sickness & in health, for richer & for poorer, til death do us part.