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The Bottom Line

March 17th, 2011 by Jeannine

What's your bottom line?

So he got down on one knee, asked the question, you said yes, and called all your family and friends with the great news… What’s next? The dress? WRONG!!!  Sorry gals, as boring as this sounds the first thing you have to do is talk about your budget.

When my husband and I got engaged, all we knew was that we were paying for the wedding ourselves.  We thought we could afford to have 100 guests but boy were we wrong!!! Weddings are so expensive! You attach the words “bridal” or “wedding” to anything and the price skyrockets. We looked at a golf course as a venue and I thought it was perfect because the price seemed right, it was beautiful and we could have both the ceremony and reception there… Killing two birds with one stone, you might say.  We were in for a disappointment because nowhere in the brochure did it say that there was a high minimum food and beverage charge.  Add to that the 18% gratuity and all the taxes, the venue, food and drinks alone would’ve eaten up our whole budget (and more). Unfortunately, we ended up cutting our guestlist in half, something we really didn’t want to do but knew we didn’t have a choice. We were sad that we couldn’t invite everyone we wanted but realized soon after that an intimate wedding might be better suited for us anyway, not just financially.

I don’t want the rest of you to experience this disappointment. The best thing to do is figure out your bottom line right away. Find out how much you and your fiance can each contribute, or if either sets of parents will contribute as well. If it’s the norm with your family, have a sit down with them and discuss your wedding plans. They may offer a set amount or offer to pay for an aspect of the wedding. Knowing your bottom line will also help you prioritize where to put your money into. For us, the most important was the food, venue, and photography. We sacrificed certain luxuries like a limousine, DJ, and videography in order to keep our wedding within our budget.

Don’t be disappointed if your wedding isn’t as extravagant as you hoped. At the end of the day, you’re still getting married to your man and that’s all that matters :)

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