You learn a lot about the wedding industry while you plan your wedding. Some brides learn more than others because they have more time, are pickier, and want things a certain way (without paying a certain price) that is more than some countries GDP.
My budget (and advice) is on the table today. Like most girls I have been dreaming of this day since I was about 15. I mean, wedding magazines have littered my room since that day, and at almost 27, I have had a while to dream big. But I also have a sense of financial responsibility that I can’t shake because of some fantasy. Thus, enter sensible dreaming bride budget.
The very first thing I did was decide what the most important thing to me was. It was easy. Wedding photography is the one part of your day that you will see again and again. You will have pictures around your house, albums that you will scour again and again. Your children and grandchild will pour over them. I still look at my mom’s wedding pictures. Thus, I knew I wanted to get this right. So, I went to town looking for a photographer that I loved. When I found the photographer I signed and love, her prices were a bit high. However, we talked and came to a conclusion on things I could live without (like online ordering) and things I had to have (a CD of the digital negatives with reprinting rights). I spent about 38% of my budget on her.
The next things I knew I wanted were easy. I wanted fresh flowers (but I would have my mom arrange the centerpieces and buy wholesale to save on the cost), nice invitations, and a sit-down dinner. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy in my family. I grew up in a region of the south where fake flowers, a buffet, and cheap invitations were the order. But I knew what I would like. And on our $8,500 budget, I knew I would have to work hard to get what I wanted.
Next week, I’ll tell you how I got letterpress invitations, a sit down dinner, and a bouquet with roses and ranunculus without breaking the bank.