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Tips & Ideas For Preparing Your Wedding Budget

In the old days, it was always the responsibility of the father of the bride to pay for the wedding. Today, with families scattered and many people marrying multiple times or marrying later in life, this is rarely the case. Today, more and more couples are simply shouldering the cost of the wedding themselves.

Preparing your wedding budget is one of the most important aspects of your wedding. Weddings in the United States can cost well over $20,000 – even with the best of planning. The areas of expense of a typical wedding consist of:

  • Invitations & Postage
  • Decorations & Flowers
  • Music & Photography
  • Gown & Tux
  • Reception

It’s easy to see that, if you don’t take great care in making budget-wise choices and planning each step of this important event, you could end up spending a significant portion of your married life struggling to pay for your wedding. Instead, begin planning early to be able to pay for your wedding with ease.

To avoid going into debt, it’s a good idea to spend some time preparing your wedding budget well in advance. To start off on the right foot, be sure to set aside some time to discuss the wedding expenses with your beloved. Create a wish list together that includes the features that are important to you together and separately. Do a little research to determine the costs of the features you desire and determine how you will gather the money to pay for them.

Set up a savings plan and agree upon the amount each of you will contribute. During the time between now and your wedding day, practice frugality, and don’t be shy about telling your friends and relations what you are doing and why. If you are asked to go on a trip, go out to an expensive dinner, etc., graciously decline because you are saving for your wedding.

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More and more bride and grooms are choosing to have the beloved canines a part of their ceremonies. To make sure dogs are appropriately dressed, Up Country offers a line of wedding collars and accessories for four-legged friends. They coordinate with any wedding color scheme and combine special fabrics, flowers and trims. All come gift boxed. All of the products are available at www.upcountryinc.com, as well as at select local retailers.

 

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 Some might think that fake flowers are an easy no brainer when it comes to cutting some big bucks from the wedding budget. However, deciding against real floral has some consequences. The biggest difference is you won’t be able to smell the aroma of the bouquets and decorations when you walk into the church if you use plastic flowers. Also, fake ones typically don’t come in near as many types and colors as real flowers. Your choices are definitely limited. So when thinking about ditching the fresh flowers that will be thrown out right after the ceremony, consider getting them from a farmers’ market and donating them the next day to save money and lengthen their use.

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Your wedding night is supposed to special, no matter how long you knew your husband before you got married or if you’ve lived together for years. So wow your new spouse with an especially feminine ensemble. Don’t be afraid to try an outfit you normally wouldn’t consider. Go shopping alone if you’re too embarrassed to show a friend what you bought.

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Planning and organization are the most important ingredient in a successful wedding. We highly recommend an organizer that’s specifically designed for brides to be. This way you won’t forget anything. Check out http://www.somdweddings.com/shopping/category.php?c=010677 for all of different styles of planners and notepads.  One option is a beautifully designed binder with practical application of Bussen’s design and planning theories. Full of useful information, tips and trade secrets, the organizer guides you through the planning process with minimal frustrations. Another option is a pocket-size wedding planner to always keep with you.

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When searching for your dream dress, bringing numerous people with you can actually be more harmful than helpful. Although your crowd means well, they are likely to share the myriad of opinions. This bombardment can overwhelm a bride and make her second guess her initial thoughts and feeling about a gown. It’s recommended to only bring two or three of your closest family and friends on your shopping trip. However, no matter how many people tag along, the most important rule is to be true to yourself.

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After the high of your wedding and honeymoon, coming home to “real life” can be a bit underwhelming. Keep the excitement of your wedding going by doing something special for your new spouse. We love this idea: a set of seven love notes, one for each day of the first week you’re married. Each card is handmade and embossed in gold. A keepsake box stores the notes safely for years. How romantic!

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