Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize (Tip #3: Champagne Wedding . . . Boxed Wine Budget)

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Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking. Sometimes the greatest challenge is knowing where and how to begin.

This tip really should be number one because it’s a simple way to get started planning a beautiful yet affordable wedding. All you’ll need is a piece of paper, a pencil and your fiancé (IF you value his or her opinion!).

FIRST, make a list of all the major elements of your wedding.

Here is a basic list to get you started:

  • Wedding Date/Season
  • Location
  • Food
  • Bar Arrangements
  • Flowers & Décor
  • Attire
  • Music/Entertainment
  • Stationary (invitations, menus, programs, etc.)
  • Favors
  • Transportation
  • Cake
  • Photography
  • Videography

NEXT, rank the items in the order of importance to YOU by re-writing the list in that order. For example, if you absolutely must have your wedding on a specific date or in a specific season, “Wedding Date/Season” would rank #1. If you then have your heart set on a specific band for your reception, that would rank #2 and so on.

FINALLY, start planning your wedding in order of your priority rankings. In the above example, you’d start by choosing a few “doable” dates, finding out which of those dates the band is available, and then finding a location that is also available on those final dates. In contrast, if location ranks higher than date, you’ll find your location and then choose an available date for that specific location. Continue booking your vendors and making your selections in the order of your list.

By using this basic guideline, you’ll ensure that you get first choice for most of the items that are most important to you. In addition, the majority of the money will be spent on those items. As you make your way toward the bottom of the list, you may find that money is starting to get tight or your choices are limited. But lucky for you, any compromises that must be made will be ones that matter the least to you. In the end, you get what you want . . . a wedding that is uniquely you and peace of mind knowing that the money was well spent.

Happy prioritizing everybody!