One of the biggest mistakes that couples make is not deciding on a budget before they begin planning the wedding. Most couples think about the wedding they want and how much they want to spend and then hope that the two figures match up. The problem is, it is almost impossible to know how much your perfect wedding day will cost until you start doing your research.
When I meet couples for the first time and begin to discuss budget, nearly every couple will say “we don’t really have a budget in mind”.
There are a few reasons for this:
- the couple and their families are so wealthy that money is no object
- the couple haven’t even thought about the need to budget for the wedding
- the couple have no idea what a wedding costs and are too embarrassed to say so
- the couple have a budget in mind but they are worried about telling me because they think they will be charged more by myself and the other suppliers
Not knowing your budget from the very beginning is like going into a race blind folded, you are behind before you even start. Suppliers will give you prices that sound great when you speak to them separately, but when you add all the prices together later on down the track it is way more than you can afford. This can also cause problems between you and your fiancé when the bills start coming in. You need to speak to each other honestly and realistically before you confirm any details of the wedding.
Even when you have set a budget you need to be very careful to stay as close as possible to what you have decided. You read stories all the time about couples who decide on a budget of $10000 and then once they start planning find that the number doubles. It can easily happen, you think the chair covers are $5 each but actually they are $6, the photographer convinces you that it is worth finding the extra $700 for the better package, your family puts pressure on you to have the better meals……..it all adds up!!