Perhaps one of the most important events of your life, your wedding is definitely something that is tough to put a budget cap on. However, it is important that you set a limit for yourself. Planning around it can help avoid overspending and ending up in debt. There’s no doubt that you are going to be spending a lot of money. You will have to book a venue, work with a caterer, and the list goes on. Make sure that you stay within your budget by following the tips below.
Create your ideal wedding.. On paper
Planning is the key when it comes to a wedding. If you want everything to go as smooth as possible, have a corresponding plan for it. Make sure that you don’t deviate from the said plan. If you have to deviate because of a particular circumstance, make sure that you plan your next moves from that point on.
Having everything that you want to do and have on your wedding in writing can help tremendously. You will have the ability to go over your plans and read them out loud. This can give you the chance to make changes.
Have an outline of the things you’re going to spend money on
It is easy to forget about your budget when you are planning your wedding. There are many things that you will have to consider as you plan for it. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, create a breakdown of everything that’s going to be a part of your wedding.
The venue, caterer, decor, flowers, lighting, entertainment, photographers and videographers, transportation, cake, gifts, hair and makeup, and officiant should be given a percentage cap as you plan your budget. This will give you a limit to work with.
Always ask questions when hiring or working with someone
Don’t get tricked into spending more than you should. Make sure that you inform yourself as much as you can by asking questions. Read the fine print anytime that you are given something to sign. Beware of the hidden costs when it comes to wedding services.
There are businesses that, if they find out you are availing their services because you have a big day coming up, will charge you extra. Ask about the price of their services early on and make sure they stick to that pricing even when told about the circumstance.
Take note of everything and do regular reviews
Every time that money leaves your hands, make sure that you take note of it. Check how much you have left for the wedding and make sure that the numbers check out. Doing this may require a little more effort, but you will have peace of mind when you sleep at night.
Tracking your expenses can be made easier if you work with wedding vendors that use paperless systems. Ask for a digital copy of everything that you are spending or going to spend money on. Make sure that you save these copies onto an external drive for safekeeping.
Whether you need a caterer for a wedding, a corporate event, or a private gathering, our team at Saint Germain Catering is ready to serve. Contact us today and let’s discuss your plans.