I Saved Money in the Wrong Places

September 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

When I started planning my wedding I basically just went through and asked for everything on my wish list. At some point, it hit me like a ton of bricks how fast all of the bills were piling up. I couldn’t belive how much money I was spending and I went into panic mode cutting things left and right.

We all get there.

You are planning you wedding and you just lose sight of everything you are spending because it is all indifferent places: the photographer, the florist, the hotel, the welcome baskets, etc. When you sit down and add it up, you basically have a heart attack. It’s kind of like getting your credit card at the end of the month, you don’t see one charge for more than $150 but yet your bill is $1,500 and you can’t figure out how you did it.

When you have that shocking realization, your impulse may be to go into debt [bad] or to start cutting [good]. Just make sure if you choose the cutting route, you cut the right things. Here are a few examples of what to do and what not to do.

1. DON’T ever sacrifice basic comfort for your guests. It is a bad idea to cut the heaters/fans for an outdoor ceremony [they can be cold/hot for an hour, you figure] get rid of shade [people will live] change the basic comfort of the chair they are sitting in [why not replace folding chairs with benches?] or thinks along these lines. Remember unhappy guests make bad wedding so don’t do things that sacrifice their comfort.

2. DO figure out what are the big cost drivers for your big day [you should know this already but if you don’t….] If you have dreamed of centerpieces where the main flower is a calle lily, and you do some research and realize they are $5 a stem change flowers. Sometimes vendors aren’t totally forthcoming when you are picking things that are expensive either because they assume you already know what it is going to cost, or you just don’t care….

3. DON’T be emotional. I know, I know, how can I even suggest to look at this with a practical eye, but you must or you will regret it for years to come. Remember, every dollar you spend is a dollar that you no longer have [duh] and you have to figure out what things are important for you to spend that money on. Figure you could have a great time with your groom and your close friends going anywhere for a night out together and the fact that it is a wedding just means you are footing the bill for a great night out. At the end of the day, however, you are going to have to live with the debt you incur for a long time. Think long and hard about the things you want because you really think they are key for the party or because you have been planning your wedding since you were 8 [The $3,000 wedding dress, par example]. Then make the cuts that you need to make.

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Entry filed under: Band Related, Guest Related, Hair and Make-up Related, Honeymoon, Location, Photographer, Wedding Dress Related.

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