January 03, 2015

Wedding Budget Savings

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Already worried about the B-word ? B is for BRIDE, right?  But until that day comes, for most couples, B is for BUDGET. Here are some ideas for starting yours off right.

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After you have considered your date carefully (read more about selecting your wedding date HERE), your next thought might be “I don’t want to spend more than $X”. If you want it all and can afford it all—awesome! Go for it! Otherwise, WAIT! Set your wedding day priorities first. Reception venue selection will be covered in the next four parts of this series—that’s a biggie. After  your reception venue, rank your other purchases like Ovation Images photography, DJ or Band, Videographer, food, cake, liquor, photo booth, ice sculptures, and…..your dress (why the dress is last on OUR list is explained in Part 10!).  Re-rank your list until you have it in the priority order that fits your vision of your wedding day. Then comes the hard part—keeping your priorities straight as the amount left in the budget dwindles!

At one of Ovation Images weddings last year, the bride’s family was from the old country and the groom’s family were just Pittsburgh folks. The bride wanted an exciting and fun reception for both families. So one of her top priorities was TWO bands—one to play classic old country ethnic songs in the best tradition, and another to rock the house. Her other priorities?  To her the dress was not as important as her families, and she got a relatively inexpensive gown from David’s.  She looked gorgeous.  THAT is the bride knowing her priorities and sticking to them. And her wedding day? To die for! That is what prioritization can do for you. You can see our video of how her wedding turned out here: http://ovationimages.com/2011/05/16/engagement-and-wedding-at-fox-chapel-golf-club/.

Serious about your budget? The two absolute best ways to save wedding dollars and still have the wedding of your dreams are 1) schedule your wedding on a day other than a Saturday and/or during the local wedding “off-season” (that would be winter in the northeastern USA), and 2) lovingly but firmly limit the total number of guests. No one said it would be easy. But it can be done!

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