Wedding budgets tend to seem pretty rigid at the start. But before you know it the extra little expenses, the forgotten items, the back-up plans start to wreck havoc with all your good intentions.
Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you’re not among them:
Get time on your side.
The sooner you start thinking about your wedding budget, the better. Start the conversation with your partner and your parents (if they are contributing) early on and determine what’s achievable.
That way you can begin saving straight away and, if necessary, researching loan options.
Decide what’s important to you, and work backwards from there.
If you’re determined to splurge on the wine or the dress, remember it’s just as crucial decide what you’re willing to save on if you want to balance your wedding budget.
This starts with your guest list. Keeping guest numbers down means keeping budget numbers down. So ask yourself, does this person play an active role in my life?
For some that might be 30 people, others 130. Just make sure you consider this number early on so you can budget accordingly.
Don't be afraid to negotiate.
It goes without saying that you need to do your research to keep your wedding budget-friendly. But take what you learned from that legwork one step further and haggle.
Remember, companies want your business, so use that to your advantage - make it clear you're shopping around, and see if they'll beat a competitor's price. The savings can then be shifted to another part of your budget or put towards a small contingency fund.