Wedding Budget Tips
What Comes Before the Dress, and the Call-A-Thon!
By: Bisli Vazquez, Luxurious Event Planning and Design
Congratulations on your engagement!
Now is the time to call all of your girlfriends to go and try on wedding dresses until you drop! Well, wait actually, not too fast. The first thing you will need to do is to take your time and work on the actual wedding budget. This includes everything you will want for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception (including all of the rentals), wedding dress and your honeymoon. If you don’t have any idea where to start as a majority of couples don’t, it will be smart to call a qualified wedding consultant or planner. Either one of them will help you to put together a realistic wedding budget.
Wedding planners are not designers, caterers, bartenders, or anything else as such, but they are definitely the only ones that are qualified to help you save time while getting all of this information for you from the right professionals. The first consultation with the wedding planner or consultant is to gather information needed to give you an accurate wedding budget and at this moment you can also request a professional vendor list. This list should have at least three referrals for each vendor category and it will definitely help you to plan this part of your wedding. Some consultants or planners may have a list of their preferred vendors and sometimes that limits the couple in regards to choosing what they really want and whoever they are comfortable working with. These professionals vendors must be legit with a business license or permit, liability insurance, knowledge of their services, and with great customer service amongst other things.
Once the planner or consultant has all of the details of the budget ready, they will need to meet once again to give you a detailed wedding budget spreadsheet. This service has a cost that will start from $150 and up per hour depending on the amount of time needed, due to the knowledge combined with years of experience that sets them apart from the amateurs or novices. This fee is well worth it because it will give you the knowledge of how to communicate when meeting with these professional and will eliminate the embarrassment of the ignorance of prices at the time of talking costs. To reiterate, wedding planners or consultants are not the ones that deliver all the services needed for a successful event but they are for sure the bridge that takes you from point A to point B in this regards. They will put all of the team together and, with them, the magic happens. You must also be aware that some professionals don’t have a set price for their services, such as floral designers, event designers, caterers, cake artists, stationary providers, bartenders and others because this industry is constantly changing and so is the price. You can choose the ones that save you a good amount of money and still don’t deliver to your expectations, but why sacrifice on bringing your vision to reality? Whatever you choose, remember that real champagne will always taste better than the knock-off and the same is true about every aspect of your special day.
Great! Now you’re ready to call you girlfriends and have fun choosing the right wedding dress! You know, that one that will speak to you and you feel comfortable in it, knowing you’ll look like the treasure you are. If you don’t have the time to do the planning after getting the wedding budget and the professional vendors list, then it will be very smart decision to hire a qualified wedding planner that will take care of the full planning, partial planning or only the month of, saving you all of that unnecessary hassle.
If you have any questions about where to find a qualified wedding planner or bridal consultant, please contact Bisli.
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