So, you’re going to plan a budget wedding. YAY! You’re probably so excited to get started and maybe you’ve already been pinning ideas. But before you get too carried away, did you check out my post on the first 5 things to do when planning a budget wedding? Yes? Then hang on because now I’m sharing my top 5 tips to help you save on your wedding splurge.
Even a budget wedding can afford one or two splurges but it’s important to know what they’ll be (and how much you can spend on them) before you go any further. Will you be going for a fabulous photographer or maybe splashing out for a sweet honeymoon. Decide early what you’re willing to spend a little extra on and then start looking for deals as soon as possible to really maximize that splurge!
1. Figure out your splurge and budget for it. If you know what you want to spend money on and know how much you are alloting yourself to spend on it then there will be no arguments down the road. This decision needs to be something you both agree on totally.
2. Know what the reasonable amount is to pay for the splurge. It's totally cool to have a splurge item (we did) but you really do need to understand if the money you've alloted is going to cover that splurge. For example, you want a specific wedding dress you saw in a magazine. Everyone agrees it will be your splurge item. You allot $2,000 for the dress but later discover it's $5,000. Don't do this to yourself - know the estimated cost of your one splurge BEFORE you plan for it.
3. Be willing to be flexible. You both may want a splurge item (you the planner, your partner the music). If this is the case, then you'll need to divvy up the money for one splurge and make it cover both. That's just the way it goes.
4. Get a job. Maybe your splurge can't be reasonably covered by the money you've alloted for it. If you really, really want it then maybe you'll need to get a second job or pick up some freelance work to cover the difference.
5. Get a deal. Sometimes your splurge can be covered by a talented friend or local business willing to barter. Can you offer social media consultations in exchange for a killer cake? Maybe your hair stylist friend would be willing to do your hair to build their portfolio. Just make sure that you only sign on if you would actually pay money to have this person do that service for you.
I’m living proof that you can have a fantastic wedding on a teeny-tiny budget and I promise, these were the first 5 things I did when planning our $5,000 budget wedding. It's really important to know your wedding's splurge and give yourself time to work some deals.
What’s the first thing you’re doing to plan your wedding's splurge?