Happy New Year! We are still right in the middle of engagement season. Congratulations to all the couple who have decided that getting married is that perfect next step. We are often asked the same question by our couples... How can we save money while still having the wedding of our dreams. The answer to this loaded question is the subject of this weeks tip.
Prioritize Your Budget
I'll start by saying if you have an unlimited budget, where the sky truly is the limit, then this tip is probably not for you. If you are have a budget that you want or need to work within than prioritizing where you want to spend your money is one of the most important decisions you will make. To start, first set the budget, then it's as easy as making a list of everything you want and deciding which items are the most important to you. I suggest you start with 3 items that you don't want to compromise on then go from there. But wait, there is one more item to consider when making this list... if someone else is helping to pay for your wedding day then they may want a say in what tops the list too. Just keep the lines of communication open and work on that list together.
Here are some of the items that we often see topping our couples list... A VT farm to table menu; that stunning dress; local beer and wine; spectacular flowers and decor executed in a way that makes your shed a tear when you walk into the room; the perfect photographer who really 'gets' you; transportation (yes, often safety is top on our couples list); that perfect dance DJ or band (or both) who will keep your guests on the floor all night long; the makeup artist you have to have; letterpress invitations of the highest quality or that perfect venue right here in the heart of Vermont you've been dreaming about for years. What's topping your list?
In the coming weeks we will give some tips on ways to save in each category too.
Let us help you narrow down what's most important for your wedding day.