If you are preparing to be a 2017/2018 bride 👰🏾 then you must have already heard this question a couple of times. Do you wonder why everybody keeps asking you that question?
I am sure some brides will be having the thoughts below;
- I am asking you how much it cost and you are asking me for budget?
- How do I know how much to budget for, when I don’t know how much it costs?
My dear, please note that it is very important to have a budget. It makes it easier for vendors to know what you can afford and what exactly to do for you.
There are 2 ways I personally think you can draw your budget.
First is by considering the kind of wedding you want (whether big or small, traditional or white wedding)
The fact that a wedding may seem small to you doesn’t mean it is less expensive.
The number of guests invited to a wedding determines the size of a wedding. In Ghana, I believe any number under 200 people is termed as small.
After determining the kind of wedding you want, make a list of all the things you will need. If you are not sure, you can get a wedding planning app to help you.
When you have the list ready, start assigning to individual items how much money you are willing to spend on them. This way is very advisable for anyone with limited funds.
Second is, after listing all the things needed determine also the details of each item. eg; a natural bouquet is definitely going to cost more than an artificial bouquet.
You can now get vendors to help you with how much the items cost. If you are satisfied with the amount, you can then start assigning them to the items.
Do you feel the total amount is too much?
Surprised at how much weddings cost these days?
Below is how you can start cutting your costs to reduce your budget.
DIY – It is not necessary to spend so much on invite cards, if you have a friend or a sibling who is good with designing you can even ask them to help you. You can also get someone who would make it good enough and at a lesser fee. What else can you do yourself? Go ahead if you can afford something extravagant, besides you are paying for it 😃
What is more important?
If you initially wanted natural orchids for your bouquet you can change to artificial or something other than orchids. Applying this strategy means you are prioritizing the important items over special effects and that will help you beat down budget. Do you want an exotic lady to come and play the cello as you walk down the aisle or you will just go with the old piano in your church? Do you really need that celebrity MC for the reception?
Decor – it is difficult beating this down but you can sit with your vendor to cut down on some of the items in the package. Centerpieces can be changed for something simpler, you can forfeit the fancy chairs for something also presentable but less expensive, etc
Transportation – if you have a close relative with a good and a presentable looking car and the person doesn’t have a problem giving it out to you to use then take that opportunity other than going to rent a luxury at a very high fee.
Reception Venue – if your church has a big space or compound you can consider using that space and save yourself some good cash.
RSVP – this is an abbreviation of a French phrase, which means to reply to the invite. It is used at the end of invitations to request for a response. In Ghana we rather use the contact numbers for this to call and ask for directions. Why don’t you use the RSVP for its main purpose? You can insist on your RSVP with a time period where your guests have to respond to confirm, this is to help plan on how many guests you can entertain so that you don’t hear your caterer advising you to cater for additional 100 people for overflow or your decor guy telling you to rent more chairs also for overflow, remember that while you keep giving room to overflow your budget is also going to overflow.
Keeping the menu simple – This is the most expensive item on your budget. you and your caterer can come up with at most three dishes on a menu where your guests can pick a dish while they respond to your RSVP, with this, you cater for only those that responded and also what they chose.
Number of guests – cut down guest list. Have in mind that the more people you invite the more you have to increase everything in number and as you increase the items the more the budget is going to skyrocket.
If you take time to plan very well, stay focused and discipline enough to stay on the budget you will be surprised how you can arrive at a very classy but cost effective wedding.
My dear bride if you have enough funds to spend and have the classy wedding you have always dreamt of, please go ahead. As I mentioned earlier, you are paying for it. 😃
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Next post will be on body type and the dress to marry in