Whether you have a small wedding budget or a large one, figuring out the best way to spend that budget is of tantamount importance. Overspend and you risk being stressed; splurge on unimportant items and you’ll end up being disappointed.

So how do you round out your wedding budget in the best possible way? Here are our best tips based on our many years of experience:

 

Prioritize.

Prioritize what is most important to you, your significant other and your families. Understand the pain points of all those involved, but even more importantly, understand your passion points! Develop the budget with the passion points in mind, and you’ll be able to cut unnecessary expenses in other areas.

 

Trim your wedding guest list.

This is obviously the hardest way to round out the budget; however, it is the quickest way to get the price tag decreased. Catering is usually the number one expenditure for couples, and you control this cost by controlling the guest count. The less you invite, the less you guarantee and the less you will pay!

 

Hire a wedding planner.

This may seem counter-intuitive at first since wedding planners are not free! However, the planner will help you get the best bang for your buck in almost every area of your wedding. If you set your budget as $55,000, the planner will help you prioritize based on your passion points and connect you with the best vendors in your budget so you maximize your dollars. They can also help you with cost saving strategies a first time wedding client wouldn’t know. Their experiences will guide you and your budget for the best possible outcome.

 

Consider roaming dinners.

Roaming dinners may help you save money on your catering. This style of service allows you to spend less money on food stations, elaborate coursed dinners and place setting rentals.

 

Use the rentals your caterer offers.

Rental items can take up a large portion of a budget, especially place settings. Renting a basic place setting typically costs $6 per person; obviously, if you can forego the gold place setting at $15 per person, you will save a tremendous amount on your budget! Better yet, if the caterer’s flatware, china and glassware – which are all included in the meal price – will suffice, you’ll save even more! Our brides really enjoy our offerings not only because they are beautiful but because they help round out their budget!

 

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Budget