Words of Wisdom

Tips for Working With a Budget

Weddings | Blue Ridge Bride

Written by: Cindie Reinhold

Retired Publisher, Brides & Weddings of Northern Virginia

Oh, the elusive art of perfection.

The wedding world is awash in great ideas. Inspiration can be found on a myriad of websites, Pinterest boards, reality TV show, vendor-packed wedding fairs, and colorful bridal magazines. Your wedding day vision is limited only by your imagination – and your wallet.

And that’s where the disconnect often occurs. In the real world, celebrity wedding planners are not going to grace your event with product endorsements and those DIY details can turn into DIY disasters.

When planning a wedding, there is only so much cash – and just as importantly, time – to go around. So where do you put your money?

Wedding Budget - Blue Ridge BrideSimple: As a couple, pick four things (besides marrying each other) that are important to the memories of your day. For each couple, that “Big Four” will be different. Maybe a venue’s killer view is your idea of wedding perfection. Or maybe you want an evening of high energy entertainment that leaves your guests shouting, “One more song!” Perhaps your motto is “eat, drink and be married” with a premium placed on first rate cuisine. Memories are created by the senses – sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. Invest your resources accordingly. The rest will be proverbial icing on the cake.

And one more thing – hire a wedding planner. “Day of” coordination should really be called “month of.” A great planner will save you time and stress (by coordinating your vendors, making timelines and running a tight ship) and money (mainly by not letting you make mistakes with your budget.)

Perfection may be elusive, but peace of mind is not. That’s what hiring wedding professionals will bring to your day. So tear pages out of bridal magazines, collect collateral from wedding fairs and arm your IPad with Pinterest boards – then take it all to your trusted wedding pros. You’ll be glad you did.


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