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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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P.S.: Cover picture contest ends Friday! Enter today!

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051809-moviesWe know you get wedding advice from your friends, family, and, of course, SoMdWeddings.com. BuzzSugar.com has a new source for wedding wisdom: Hollywood. From the weighty — the lesson from Sweet Home Alabama is to finalize your divorce first — to the silly — have bail money for Dad, a lesson learned from Father of the Bride — there’s certain to be something useful to you. Or, not. In any case, it’s a fun read, and it might just make you add a few films to your Netflix queue. (via)

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033009-coupleWe know, we know, 2009 is just hitting its stride. But, if you’re newly engaged and planning a wedding for 2010, you need to start planning now! Start your wedding brainstorming by checking out some top trends for 2010, including getting married at home (planning tips), going green (some ideas), and destination-style weddings that are close to home (tips for a weekend wedding in SoMd).

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Looking for ideas for your wedding? Look no further than the inspiration galleries on SoMdWeddings.com. You’ll find pictures of cakes, hairstyles, gowns, flowers and other wedding day details. We’re in the process of adding tons of pictures by local photographers giving you a twofer: pictures from REAL SoMd weddings as well as samples of local photographers’ work!

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