Some money tips to achieve a stunning affair without breaking the bank…
There are so many activities & tasks closely connected to the planning of your wedding which will be a 1000 times more fun and pleasant than deciding on allocating the available budget …!However, this task constitutes a cardinal and unavoidable part of the planning process, especially if you want to stick to your financial plans and to ensure that every penny of your hard earned money gets assigned to the proper finality.
1.Make it one of the first tasks to be tackled early on
You & your partner should resist the temptation to procrastinate on this point and face it head on from the very early stages.
Even though, some stress will be involved- mostly for most of us who do not have an unlimited budget- a realistic allocation of your money right from the beginning will ensure that the bulk goes to the essentials rather than to superficial details.
2.The size of your guest list matters…
Every guest that attends your wedding represents an euro- amount.
You may have to discriminate between the size of your guests list and the quality or lavishness of your experience.
Maybe you prefer to sacrifice that amazing live band so that you are able to have by your side your extended family… or you may decide that it would be better to invite only a select few and provide the most memorable occasion with espectacular florals and a gourmet quality reception for your food loving crowd…!
Only by knowing from the start, the extend of the investment you are able to undertake, you can make informed decisions before sending those invites ….
3. Have a list of non-negotiables
There are certain elements belonging in the wedding celebration that have always made our heart beat faster with anticipation !
For you it could be that multi-layered cake or an arch full of orchids or that very sought- after soloist violin player !
Allocate the money for this items first and them start spending on everything else…!
4. Select one “Wow- Factor” detail for each component of your event.
It is always advisable to choose quality over quantity when planning for your wedding, mostly when you are counting on a limited budget to invest. We recommend to settle for one really outstanding detail in each department: Food & Beverage, Entertainment and Decoration. Your guests will forever remember those special touches rather than a host of undifferentiated factors.
In the area of Food & Beverage it could be that discriminating wine list, carefully curated to delight your wine lover friends or that Vintage Ice Cream Cart…In Entertainment you could raise the bar by engaging a 10 -piece live band or a classical duet to perform during the ceremony or those very unique performers who can simultaneously wait on you while singing the most lovely operatic arias…
5.Ask advice from your planners on savvy ways to bring down your budget.
No one beats a professional wedding planner on this mission ! They can really create magic with your budget and make it go very far !
There are so many unique ways to reorganise, re-purpose, substitute and cut back on many of the elements involved in the planning process and more importantly without having to suffer on the day or detract from the final effect.
Those very expensive exotic flowers could be substituted by seasonal options which would be equally amazing ! The tasteful arrangement made for the ceremony could be re -used to decorate the reception buffet table.
Some anxiety with the higher than expected wine & Champagne budget ? No problem. There is always the option to substitute with some great quality cava’s alternatives. Besides, your planner will be working hand in hand with the maitre’d to ensure glasses are only refilled when really necessary and un-opened bottles are not included in the final bill.