Getting Started Series – Recap

We’ve made it through our first of many wedding planning series! Whoohoo! 

Our first series, “Getting Started” took on everything you need to know once you are engaged. From wedding terms you need to know to secret tips to consider before setting your wedding date, we hope that you feel equipped to take on your wedding planning tasks like a pro!

The good news is that we are just getting started! Our next series will take on the all important topic of the budget.

In the meantime, take a look back at our full Getting Started Series and share below future topics that you would like to see in the comments! 

14 Planning Decisions Every Bride Will Consider

Sound Like A Pro: Wedding Terms You Need To Know

The Most Important Thing To Consider Before Setting Your Wedding Date 

How To Set Aside Time To Plan Your Wedding With Ease

How To Bring Your Wedding To Life

How To Choose Your Wedding Party

Secrets To Trim Hundreds From Your Wedding Budget – Guaranteed!

20 Biggest Regrets Every Bride Wants You To Know!

5 Expensive Mistakes To Avoid That Every Bride Needs To Know!

Who Pays For the Wedding Anyways?

6 Secrets To Strategically Setting Your Wedding Date That Nobody Tells You

Get The Answer To The #1 Way To Avoid Exceeding Your Wedding Budget

The #1 Way To Avoid Exceeding Your Wedding Day Budget

The Engagement Party: The Who, What, When, Where And Why

Help! I Just Got Engaged And Don’t Know Where To Begin

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Getting Started Series: Help! I just got engaged and don’t know where to begin!

During our Wediquette Wednesday Q&A feature, we are always asked where to begin planning after getting engaged. With hundreds of decisions to make during the planning journey, we understand how overwhelming it can be to know where to begin.  

Check out our roundup of the 13 things that every bride should consider after getting engaged below!

  • Consider your wedding vision

We recommend that you make this your first step after getting engaged so that you spend time imagining your wedding vision, free from outside influence. This will be an amazing way to infuse personalized touches to your day that truly speak to you! Be sure to discuss with your fiancé to share ideas.

  • Consider your wedding budget

Your budget will not only determine how much you can afford for your dream day, but also your engagement length. If on a budget, stretching out your engagement will allow additional time to save up funds for your big day! 

  • Consider possible wedding dates

We recommend that consider not only wedding dates but your ideal wedding seasons. Imagine the time of year that you would like your day to take place, such as you if you ideally would love your wedding to take place during the summer or if you would prefer a winter wedding. Considering the season will not only help make decisions towards your wedding theme, but will also come in handy as you contact venues. You may find more availability if you are open to dates in a given season, opposed to one particular date.

  • Consider the wedding city

Decide if you will stay local or even have a destination wedding. If  your finance is from a different location, spend time comparing costs between locations to help narrow down the best fit for your budget!


  • Consider your wedding guest list

Decide if you plan to keep things intimate with a small wedding, or expect to have a larger wedding. Be sure to consider a ballpark number of guests, such as keeping your guest list under 100 guests or between 220-250 guests.

  • Consider the wedding venue

Consider the best style wedding venue for your day. Compare the pros and cons of venue space types, such as the amenities and cost to host your day in various venue types. You may decide that a banquet hall is the best fit or that a beach wedding is the perfect fit. 

  • Consider your wedding party members

Consider the wedding party members, from the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers and even ushers.  A good rule of thumb is to have at least one wedding party member on each side for every 50 guests. 

  • Consider wedding activities

Your wedding activities include the bridal shower, bachelorette party and engagement party. After getting engaged, consider if you will have an engagement party. We recommend that you host your engagement party within 3 months of your proposal. 

  • Consider your vendors

It’s never too early to begin researching vendors! In fact, we recommend that you begin right away! Many vendors, especially those that are popular and in demand, book months, even a year or more in advance. Begin researching vendors early so that you have plenty of time to research, interview and compare.

  • Consider the gown

Saying yes to the dress may take time, or you may find your dream gown on the first try! The first step is to consider your gown budget, then begin to save inspiration images of gown styles that speak to you. Try to find brides with similar body types to note gown styles that accentuate and flatter!

  • Consider the honeymoon

Decide if a honeymoon will fit into your wedding budget. You may have to dish out funds for honeymoon expenses, such as booking flights and even excursions, while also making purchases towards your wedding. We recommend that you consider if you can afford both wedding expenses and a honeymoon. The good news is that many couples are opting to have their honeymoon a few months after the big day, and even their 1 year anniversary, to allow time to save!   

  • Consider wedding decor

Once you have locked in your venue space, begin to save decor inspiration images for your ceremony and reception.  We recommend that you wait until you book your venue space so that your decor fits your venue space.

  • Consider the little details

There are countless little details to consider, from creating the menu to selecting flower girl baskets, that can feel never ending! We recommend that you avoid trying to take on all the little details alone. After getting engaged, consider who can lend a hand to avoid the stress of trying to do it all!


For over 100 more tips that every bride must know while planning their big day, get your copy of our e-book today by clicking the link below!

Getting Started Series: The Engagement Party – The Who, What, When, Where and Why




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The Who:

Traditionally only guests that will make the cut to the wedding are invited to the engagement party.

The What and Why:

A formal and often intimate celebration of the engagement. The engagement party is an opportunity to have family and friends congratulate the couple and potentially even meet for the first time. Since your engagement party can be as informal or formal as you would like, go with a style that best fit your budget. If on a tight budget, skip sending invites to instead spread the word through phone calls or e-invites. Save on the cost of food by skipping full course meals for light hors d’ourves and desserts. Avoiding going too over the top so that your engagement party doesn’t overshadow your big day.  The best thing about planning your engagement party is that it’s an early opportunity to test out how you handle planning. This will help to determine how much assistance you will need during your journey!

The When:

Your engagement party is typically a thrown 2-3 months after the proposal while the news is still fresh.  We recommend hosting once you have determined wedding guests that you are confident will be invited and have locked in your wedding budget to ensure you can afford an engagement party. Allow at least two months to plan the engagement party while inviting guests at least one month before your scheduled wedding party date. Remember that you have a lot of planning ahead of you.  Dedicating too much time on the engagement party will ultimately take away from time that you could be planning your wedding. 

The Where:

When you are from 2 different locations, consider throwing 2 engagement parties or host where you plan to have your big day. Consider hosting within the private room of a restaurant, an event space or even at a home that can accommodate your guests. Your party can be a casual, fun soiree like a summer BBQ or a formal cocktail style party at a country club.  The key decision to consider your budget and the amount of time the event will take to plan. Be sure to avoid investing a considerate amount of time or money towards your engagement shoot before first considering your wedding day budget and the time you have available to balance planning both events.

Getting Started Series: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide!

We are so excited to launch our first e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide

When it comes to taking on wedding to do tasks, we hear “I’m so overwhelmed with so many to do tasks” and  “I don’t know where to even begin” all of the time from planning brides and understand how incredibly stressful and overwhelming planning a wedding can be.

On average, planning a wedding requires a minimum of 500 hours to take on the hundreds of decisions from creating the guest list, selecting vendors, determining the budget, saying yes to the dress, selecting wedding decor and so much more.

Finding assistance in planning can be stressful in itself but is crucial to stay on budget, on schedule, to minimize stress and to know what steps to follow as you plan from engaged to the big day.  Most wedding timeline guides aimed to provide a checklist of steps to fulfill while planning are simply one-page bullet points filled with dozens of to do tasks that do not actually walk through each step of the process.   Wedding planning books often take on detailed topics within a single chapter that simply doesn’t spend the necessary time to truly detail how to take on tough topics.  For the most comprehensive assistance, brides find that hiring a full-service wedding planner on average starts at $2,000 and a simple consultation for assistance averages at $40-$60 an hour, which may be out of budget.   

We are solving this common and stressful problem through our first e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide, to help remove the stress often accompanied with wedding planning so that you can spend more time enjoying your journey! 

Our in-depth 130 page book walks you through each planning task starting with the engagement to the actual wedding day so that you feel like you are sitting down with a wedding planner but for a fraction of the price! As your own personal wedding planners, we walk through over 100 essential steps and expert tips  you must know for every little step along the way. We explain when tasks should get crossed off the calendar, expensive mistakes to avoid, what to consider for each decision, secrets to save, stay organized and cross off tasks like a pro! 

Jump in where you are in the process or start from the beginning for wedding planning that makes sense!  We even share how to easily adjust to meet your planning length so whether you are planning for 6 months or 24 months, our guide works for you!

Click the link below to grab a copy while in stock!

Getting Started Series: How To Choose Your Wedding Party




                                                                             Photography: Lauren Fisher


At the start of your journey, begin to consider who you will ask to be a part of your wedding party!

Traditionally, it is recommended to have at least 1 member on each side per 50 guests. Many modern couples are creating their own rules in terms of how many members to have in their wedding party.

Before you begin asking potential wedding party members to take on a role in your day, first consider the responsibilities included:

The Who:

  • The Bridal Party: The Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, Bridesmaids, Junior Bridesmaids
  • The Groomsmen: The Best Man, The Groomsmen, Junior Groomsmen
  • The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
  • The Parents: Of The Bride and Groom
  • The Ushers: Typically one for every 50 guests


The Bride & Groom:

  • Set and determine the budget
  • Determine the wedding style and vision
  • Select the wedding date
  • Select the wedding venue
  • Determine the wedding vendors
  • Determine the wedding decor
  • Determine the wedding attire
  • Create the wedding registry
  • Determine the honeymoon destination
  • Select the designated number of wedding guests
  • Select the wedding party


  • Host the engagement party
  • Select a designated number distributed by the couple towards the guest list
  • Determine the financial percentage to contribute
  • Walk down the processional and recessional.

The Maid of Honor / Matron of Honor / Best Man:

  • Coordinate wedding activities such as the bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Attend fittings
  • Assists bride and groom with errands and tasks
  • Helps on the day of with attire, holding the bouquet, signing the license, toasting
  • Point person for the rest of the wedding party

Bridesmaids / Groomsmen:

  • Assists maid of honor and bride with wedding tasks
  • Helps to plan the wedding shower and bachelorette party
  • Pays for own wedding day attire
  • Pays for lodging, transportation, and beauty
  • Walks in processional and recessional. The Maid and Matron of Honor typically walk down after all bridesmaids have made it to the alter, and the Best Man after all groomsmen have made it to the alter
  • Keeps the wedding party festive
  • Keeps bride and groom calm

Junior Bridesmaid / Groomsmen:

  • Typically between the ages of 9-13, may also be up to age 16
  • Does not attend bachelorette or bachelor party
  • Not financially responsible for same tasks as bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Parents pay for wedding day attire

The Flower Girl / Ring Bearer:

  • Typically age 3 and up to age 8 but can vary.
  • The Flower Girl walks down the processional just before the bride and after the bridesmaids
  • The Ring Bearer walks down the processional typically just after or along with the flower girls
  • Parents pay for wedding day attire



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How To Choose Your Wedding Party:

Now that you know the roles of the wedding party, consider these questions to consider when selecting:

  • How Long You’ve Been Friends:

The first question that you should consider when selecting your wedding party is the length of time that you have been friends. You may decide to set rules such as friends that have been in your life for at least 2 years or that you are confident will still be in your life 5, 10, even 15 years down the line.  If you are not confident that your relationship will be the same a few years down the line, consider if there are other roles they can take on such as hosts. 

  • How Supportive They Are of Your Union:

Are you likely to call the possible wedding party member for support or even to spend time at gatherings with family and friends? Consider how likely the wedding party member will be in terms of supporting not only your wedding planning but your relationship well after the big day.

  • Are They Wedding Party Material? 

What can they assist with? How supportive would they be in terms of lending a hand? Are they likely to be a team player and bring a good time or potential drama? Consider if being a part of the big day is possible due their current situation. If changing careers, expecting, finishing a degree, in between work or even planning their own big day, consider if they are likely to handle the responsibility. Before counting out, be sure to discuss first as they may make a point to take part regardless of their own obligations. 

  • How Will They Mesh? 

If wedding party members don’t know each other, consider having a small gathering prior to inviting your party to make note of how the potential members interact. While they may forge a friendship during the process, consider if any members have a history of conflict or drama before extending an invite. 

  • What Is The Relation?

Work with your fiance to consider any rules to follow when selecting members. You may decide to stick with family members only or split between family and friends. You may notice that you’ve mutually considered inviting wedding party members that hold similar relationships, such as primarily family or a mix of family and closest friends, making it easier to set clear rules. 

  • Would Not Inviting Cause Tension?

Determine if not being able to ask everyone within a large group of friends would create tension. You may find that attempting to include everyone you would like to have in your wedding party results in exceeding your goal wedding party size. Avoid by considering if there are any other roles they can play such as serving as an usher, host, or even giving a special reading during the ceremony.

  • Has It Been A Solid Friendship?

Unfortunately, rocky friendships can happen to the best of us. If you have a potential wedding party member that has been an up and down friendship, consider how you see the friendship years to come. If you aren’t confident things will remain solid for the long haul, consider asking to host or finding another role for the day.

  • How Many Wedding Party Members Can You Afford To Invite?

Wedding party members are responsible for their own expenses, such as for their attire, airfare, and lodging. While the wedding party covers most of their own expenses, the couple will still take on costs for the wedding party such as flowers, transportation to the venue and even gifts for playing a role in their day. For budget-conscious weddings, consider keeping small wedding party of 1-3 members on each side. For formal weddings with a more flexible budget, consider having 6-10 members on each side.

Getting Started Series: 6 Secrets To Strategically Setting Your Wedding Date The No One Tells You!


One of the first decisions that you will make during your planning journey is selecting your wedding date.  You may be considering a date that has sentimental value such as an anniversary or first dates.  While it’s fun to select a date with personal meaning, this could also run the risk of costing you! 

Before you book your wedding date,  consider these 6 super savvy tips to save a bundle on your big day:

  • Book Your Venue First!

Start by selecting your venue before all other vendors. While you can provide your vendors such as the photographer and DJ with wedding dates that you have in mind, you will need to know an exact date to ensure that all vendors are available on the same date. This will avoid the stress of locking in vendors only to find that they are not available on your actual locked in wedding date. Start with your venue as your venue space will not only determine your wedding date but even wedding theme, remaining budget and style.  

  • Always Ask About Peak Seasons

Sound like you’re an in-the-know bride by tossing around questions such as “When is your peak season”? This is a well-known term used by the pros and a HUGE cost saving question to ask before booking! Peak seasons are the time-frames that a vendor or venue may charge higher fees than during their “off season” periods. For most cities, peak season begins in November and ends in March.  Be sure to ask each vendor when their peak season is or if there are times of the year where their prices are lower than usually.  Compare the price between booking during peak and off seasons before you book to consider potential savings available.

  • Caution Over Holidays!

If you go with a popular date such as a holiday, call around first to check the overall availability of top vendor choices to ensure they are not on break or limited in availability. You don’t want to get your heart set on a holiday date only to find vendors and even venues are limited in availability or on vacation. Also, compare their prices to see if they are more expensive due to the holiday. Some venues and even vendors such as caterers may have to charge extra to pay their employees to work on the holiday. Be sure to ask in advance to avoid surprise fees or higher rates.

  • Consider A Week Day

The most popular day to wed will always be Saturday, but more brides are opting for non-traditional days like Sunday, Thursday, and Fridays. One of the biggest perks to booking non-traditional days is that there are often more dates available on the calendar to choose from. Saturday’s can be booked up to a year in advanced at many venues while non-traditional dates such as weekdays, Friday’s or even Sunday’s may be in the clear any month you select!  Also, many venues offer discounted rates for weekday weddings. Be sure to consult with venues on savings available for booking during the week!


Your guests traveling from out of town may also find hotel and flight discounts when booking mid week opposed to on weekends, allowing savings for everyone!

  • Never Get Locked Into A Day

You may have a date in mind for your wedding based on sentimental purposes such as a first date, kiss or the day you were engaged. Selecting a date before researching in advance is common but can be a huge, costly mistake. If your selected date falls during a peak period, you may find higher costs due to your preferred date falling during peak season. You may even find that many venues are already booked for your selected date.  While incredibly sentimental to base your preferred date around a sentimental purpose, consider incorporating as a theme or even recreating for your engagement shoot.  You may also list equally important dates for a variety of possible options opposed to considering only one sentimental date.

  • Consider 2-3 Possible Days

Always consider 2-3 potential dates to host your day instead of considering one date. Even better: remain open to an entire month or season for optimal availability.  Be sure to remain open to off-peak seasons for the best rates for your budget!


Add over 100 additional recommendations to your list by getting your hands on our e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Guide For Wedding Planning! Feel like you are sitting down for with a wedding planner by learning hacks and tips that every bride should consider!

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Getting Started Series: 5 Expensive Mistakes To Avoid That Every Bride Needs To Know!

5 Expensive Mistakes To Avoid That Every Bride Needs To Know!


Avoid making expensive mistakes while planning by learning these 5 expensive mistakes that every bride needs to know!

  • Selecting a random date for your big day

While it is romantic to select a sentimental day for the big day, it can also run the risk of being a costly selection. Be sure to select a wedding date that gives you the best for your bank by seeking dates that are off season! Be sure to ask your vendors and venues when their prices are higher and days that they are at a discounted rate to learn their off season prices.

  • Out of season floral choices

Remember that flowers are a  hefty part of your overall wedding budget. Avoid making the expensive mistake of selecting out of season floral choices that can tack on extra fees! Share images of floral choices to your florist and ask if the price of your choice will be raised for any reason during the season of your big day. If so, ask if your florist can recommend similar styles at a more budget friendly rate.

  • Inviting everyone!

Avoid the temptation to say yes to guests that didn’t make the guest list. While not the most comfortable conversation, adding onto your guest list can be a costly mistake…especially if it’s due to guilt!  Remember that your guest count is your number one wedding-related expense—don’t make the expensive mistake of adding guests that you can’t afford!  Set rules for who you will invite and stick to them by only inviting additional guests once you know it will not impact your budget. You can also only invite additional guests in place of invited guests that have sent their RSVP regrets.  

  • Not asking for help

Unless you are a wedding planner or have planned tons of successful large-scale events in the past, chances are doing it yourself may not be the best idea. While we understand it may be hard to relinquish control or trust others with your vision, it is best to not only bring in the pros but trust their opinion! Finding a professional that you feel comfortable with is super important to trust your vision in their hands. They can explain why an idea may or may not work and to provide alternatives that will. Be sure to also consider friends and family that may have their own talents and skills to assist in lending a hand. Don’t make the mistake of trying to do it all yourself, be sure to seek advice to pull together the perfect day!

  • Buying before locking in details

Avoid the temptation to make a purchase until you are certain you will need it and know exactly how it will be used.  Resist the urge to splurge until it becomes a need and not a want.  Every unnecessary purchase ultimately takes from your overall budget and quickly adds up. Wait until you are absolutely sure that a purchase will be incorporated into the big day before saying yes, it will save you in the long run!



For over 100 more tips that every bride must know while planning their big day, get your copy of our e-book today by clicking the link below!


Getting Started Series: Secrets To Trim Hundreds From Your Wedding Budget-Guranteed!

Secrets To Trim Hundreds From Your Wedding Budget Guaranteed!




Before you lock in your budget, learn the proven and expert-approved ways to save HUNDREDS from your budget-GUARANTEED!

#1 Your Guests WILL Cost You

If you recall that in our post, Sound Like A Pro: Wedding Terms You Need To Know, we learned that almost 50% of your budget will go towards reception related expenses such as food, the bar and your venue! The #1 factor that will most contribute to exceeding your reception budget is based on the amount of guests that you have on your big  For guaranteed savings, cutting or keeping your guest count under control is the best way to keep your budget in check!


The average cost to host a single guest for your wedding can start as low as $50 for a simplistic wedding all the way up to $400 and up for a luxury wedding! This includes details such as catering, seating, invitations, wedding favors and even decor. The average per guest cost will vary based on factors such as the city, venue space and formality of the day.   The more guests, the more you will invest in guest related details.


Avoid the risk of inviting guests until you are certain that you absolutely financially can afford to. For a simple estimate to check how much your guests will cost you, start by calculating the venue cost per guest by your estimated guest count number. For instance, if your venue fee is $60 per guest and you estimate inviting 150 guests, expect to spend an average of $9,000 on just your venue space.  This doesn’t include additional guest related needs such as invitations and favors. While researching venues, consider the cost per guest and your guest count to ensure that you can afford each and every guest before sending out an invitation.


 #2 Your Location Will Cost You

Ever wonder why a bride with a relatively similar wedding in a different city spent considerably more or less on her day?


The answer is simple, the location of your day can literally cost you! The cost of weddings varies by state, cities and even counties.  Cities just miles apart can vary in the cost to host a wedding, making it incredibly important to research the average cost to wed in cities near you.


Remain open to traveling to neighboring cities and even states to potentially save big! Expect higher costs close to major cities opposed to locations outside of the city. Be sure to call around to estimate costs in various cities for potential savings.  Compare the cost of taxes in various cities for savings! 



During the planning journey, every decision that you make can ultimately cost you! Walk with us through over 100 steps from just engaged to walking down the aisle to learn secrets you can’t afford to miss!  Click the image below to get your hands on our e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Timeline Guide!



Getting Started Series: How To Bring Your Wedding Vision To Life!


                                                     Photography: Niki Marie 


Before you get knee deep in the wonderful world of wedding planning, get started by dreaming up your vision for the big day!

Whether you are new to wedding planning or have a Pinterest account filled with inspiration, one of the first things that we recommend that you check off your to-do list is determining your wedding vision!

During your planning journey, you will be immersed with countless of ideas and inspiration. Spend time in the beginning of your planning journey noting your own ideas for your big day.  This will ensure that you have a clear vision that reflects your personal style before you begin to seek outside inspiration.

While searching for inspiration, you may find that inspiration images are at times well out of budget and not practical for the average wedding budget.  Receptions filled with lavish centerpieces and flower walls may fill your inspiration albums but are simply not realistic to incorporate into your big day. You may have dreams of a couture, designer gown and even one of a kind gowns for your bridesmaids only to find they simply are not within budget. The good news is that even ideas that are well out of budget can still come in handy as you plan for your day!


We recommend that you save everything that grabs your attention, even if you think it falls under the category of luxury or fantasy.  


While you may not be able to purchase luxury or lavish wedding details that you find inspiration in, the good news is that you can recreate scaled down versions or similar looks that fit your budget!

You can use inspiration images, even if fantasy or luxury, as a reference to find similar looks and styles within your budget. Bring images of lavish centerpiece arrangements to your florist to recreate in using scaled down sizes and budget friendly floral choices. Bring luxury and couture gown styles that you absolutely love with as you gown shop to show sales associates.  They can use as inspiration to suggest designers and style numbers with similar silhouettes, fabrics or styles that fit your vision and budget!


Our favorite resource for inspiration is the ultimate inspiration site, Pinterest! Make saving inspiration images easy by adding the Pinterest save button to your web browser. You can easily add images to your Pinterest album as you search the web!  Be sure to start by saving images from our Engaged To The Details on Instagram account for over 5,000 inspiration images and counting! 



  • Possible Color Choices:

Create various albums for colors that stand out to you.  Save images to make note of how colors are used throughout the wedding.

  • Attire:

Create various albums of gown styles, accessories and wedding party looks that stand out to you. Seeing various styles can help piece together details that stand out, or looks that you seem to save more than others.

  • Season:

Pay attention to seasonal traits and the time of year that you seem to save most.

  • Ceremony and Reception:

Create albums for the ceremony and reception details from ceremony aisle decor to reception venue types. 

  • Flowers and Centerpiece Arrangements:

Create an album for flowers types and centerpiece arrangements that stand out. 

  • Stationary:

Create an album of stationary ideas from programs, invitations, signage and even save the dates. 

  • Ideas:

Create an album filled with various ideas from fun games, wedding favors, and wedding themes.

  • Wedding Party:

Save an album of attire ideas for the wedding party and even ideas on how to pop the question.  

We recommend journaling your own ideas before opening a single wedding magazine or creating a Pinterest album for inspiration!





Getting Started Series: Solved – Get The Answer To The #1 Way To Avoid Exceeding Your Wedding Day Budget!

Solved! Get The Answer To The #1 Way To Avoid Exceeding Your Wedding Day Budget


Picture this scenario. At the start of your wedding planning journey, you set your goal wedding budget at $16,000. To play it safe, you even set the absolute maximum that you can spend over your goal budget at $20,000. Fast forward to only a few months away from the big day and you discover that you have somehow exceeded your maximum budget by over $5,000 and still have to make final deposits.  What you hoped would be a $16,000 day is now over $25,000 and counting.

Believe it or not, this happens time and time again. 61% of planning couples report that they exceeded their wedding budget. Although common, the great news is that we have the secret of how to avoid!

The #1 way to avoid exceeding your wedding budget is to set and rank priorities for all wedding related needs.  The trick is to consider what matters most opposed to purchasing everything typically included in a traditional wedding.  

Before you get knee deep into wedding planning, spend time first determining what is most important to you on your big day. This will be a tool to use on your big day to:


  • Determine where to invest
  • Determine where to cut
  • Determine where to splurge


You will be able to look back on your big day with confidence that you didn’t compromise where it matters most. You will also be able to avoid seeing every detail as a priority by ranking in order of importance.  


Remember our blog post, Sound Like A Pro: Wedding Terms You Need To Know?  There are countless decisions to make while planning, from selecting your wedding stationary to deciding if you will wear a veil. Some decisions may not have much personal value to you, while others you may not be able to imagine not including in your day.  To remain on track, start by considering what matters most and invest in those things first. For instance, if you can’t imagine investing in your dream gown but are undecided on booking a videographer, invest in a videographer after you have purchased your dream gown.  We recommend that you start by focusing on 3 wedding must-haves that you can’t imagine not having on your big day. 


Start with 3 wedding must-haves to avoid investing in too many areas at once. Once you have invested in 3 items, check your budget before moving onto 3 more.  Keep narrowing your choices in order of importance by selecting new groups of 3 until all items are selected.  The last items selected are the items you should consider making the most cuts and compromises on to make way for the items at the top of your list!

For more steps on setting (and sticking to) your Top 3 Wedding Must Haves, as well as a journal page to easily map our your must haves, grab a copy of our e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide!  

Click the image below to get your copy!