Modern weddings often cost way too much. It’s true. You know this.
How much do weddings cost? How much will YOUR wedding cost?
It matters AND doesn’t matter. Because really – you CAN get married and have a wedding too. So yeah. How DO you create a wedding budget? How do you make a wedding budget?
1. Do some research.
Most of us don’t worry in any kind of event-facilitation-capacity. Basically – we don’t plan and put on regular events for more than 30 people. So most of us really don’t have any clue about everything needed for such an event, nevermind the costs that are involved. But you will have to do some research and find out what things cost in your area (or the area where you plan on having your wedding take place.) Major vendors such as venues and caterers are easy to find. Start finding price sheets or get quotes just to see what things cost. Even if they’re way out of your target price range – you have some idea of what the ballpark looks like.
2. Decide what you really want to spend.
Don’t let anyone else tell you what you should spend. You decide how much you want to spend and then go from there. Not the other way around. Remember that. Seriously. Remember that.
Also remember that not everything is worth it.
3. Write It All Down.
Don’t hold anything in your head. Don’t estimate if you have exact numbers. Write it all down. Everything. Write down everything related to your wedding that you will have to spend money on. EVERYTHING. Add it up. Add it ALL UP.
4. Decide what is actually, actually important to you.
Seat covers costing too much money? F*ck em. Hand written calligraphy invitations more than you want to spend? F*ck em. Decide what is important to you and keep it. Everything else – is on the list of things that can be CUT if it needs to be. Those are your two lists.
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So, I turned 27 on Monday… I like my birthday, and I like the month the August. It’s a time of new beginnings and reflection for me, so I’ve been doing a lot of that. And this year – well this year is a really new beginning! I am so excited to be embarking upon the GSU Master of Social Work program. I’m working part-time, I have a Research Assistantship and a field placement, so I’m going to be pretty busy these next two years. But it’s a good busy, and it’s exactly what I want to be doing.
Still, I had some challenges this week in the terms of unexpected fees that had to be paid by Friday. I got used to having a paycheck that would cover all the bills and still leave room for savings and fun money. That’s definitely not the case anymore. But, I’ve got this new part-time job, and I’ve also got some babysitting jobs lined up, so we should be okay. Just no more going out every week for drinks, dinners, etc.
But that’s okay…it’s only two years, and we’ve got plans. Other plans. Awesome plans. And we’ll be fine.