Wedding Planning on a Budget | Wedding Budget Etiquette
Saving Money Without Sacrificing Quality
There's no denying that today's weddings are expensive. But they don't have to be, if you stick with your wedding budget. Truth be told, you can have a great, inexpensive wedding without sacrificing quality.
Read on to learn tips on how to have a great wedding for a great price without breaking any wedding budget rules. Oh and join me on Twitter where I tweet on all things wedding.
Many engaged couples today really want to have a wedding that doesn't break the bank. And considering the fact that the average wedding cost is over $20,000, this trend might be here to stay.
However, the common thought is that a cheap wedding equals a bland wedding. Supposedly if you sacrifice on wedding costs, you will end up not having a great wedding, people won't enjoy themselves and the overall feeling of the wedding will be "cheap".
Fortunately for you, those ideas are wrong- you really can have a great wedding without spending too much.
Take a look at the following articles for some great ideas on how to create a wedding budget and save money on your wedding. Also, don't forget to read about wedding budget etiquette below.
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- 8 Ways to Reduce Pre-Wedding Stress
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Wedding Budget Etiquette
If you want to have a wedding that is cost effective, you will naturally have to adopt an effective wedding budget. But how can this be done carefully and without stepping on anyone's toes? Take a look at the tips below to create a wedding budget without breaking wedding etiquette rules.
Wedding Budget Rule #1: Keep communication levels high
When creating a wedding budget, you have to make sure you discuss your ideas frequently with your future spouse. This will help you further bond with your fiancee and will lay the groundwork for a healthy marriage.
It is also a good idea to regularly talk with those family members who will be contributing financially to your wedding. It would be quite rude if you received a lump sum of $12,000 from the mother of the bride and later decide your want to only spend $7,500 on the wedding. It's tacky and family might be insulted, so keep communication lines open.
Wedding Budget Rule #2: Be honest with your total budget and try to not exceed it
Although it's a good idea to add 10% to your total wedding budget to cover unexpected costs, try to not exceed your wedding budget. If you do exceed your budget, financially contributing family members might be let down that their monetary contribution, "wasn't enough". Plus, setting a budget and sticking with it is a good habit to have throughout life.
Wedding Budget Rule #3: Never ask for money for your wedding
This is similar to panhandling, and is just plain tacky. Rather than ask for extra money to help with your wedding, adjust your budget so that you don't over-spend.
Wedding Budget Rule #4: Fully disclose previous debt with your future spouse
Your relationship will be much better if you share with your future spouse all the debt you're bringing to the relationship before the wedding. So instead of telling your husband about your $40,000 credit card debt after you get married, be upfront and tell him about it now. It might have an impact on your wedding budget, but more importantly it will foster closeness and communication in your friendship.
Wedding Budget Rule #5: Don't skimp on etiquette necessities
If you want to have a wedding on a shoestring budget, great! But don't cause others to suffer because of your decision. Don't decrease vendor tips and don't buy cheap wedding party gifts. Do your best to communicate to your wedding party that you love them and are thankful for their friendship. Giving them a cheap gift (or no gift) doesn't help this effort.
Similarly, communicate to vendors that you're thankful for their help. If you don't want to have to tip them, simply don't hire them.
Wedding Budget Rule #6: Don't attempt to get money from guests or solicit for wedding sponsors
A cash bar at a wedding is like an open hand asking for money from your guests. Don't force them to feel guilty for eating the food and drinks you offered to them.
Also, having a sponsor for any part of your wedding is equally as tacky. Having brand names plastered in speeches and printed on products used in the wedding only detracts from the main event- YOU. Stick with proper wedding etiquette rules and avoid wedding sponsors.
Using these basic wedding budget etiquette rules you will be setup to have a fantastic wedding without breaking the bank and without stepping on anyone's toes.