It’s a new year, and I have a few fun new projects already in the works for this winter/spring… including my 2 YEAR blog anniversary in March! Around this time two years ago, I had been simply dreaming of starting a blog. I was spending most of my days in the bridal salon, and realizing that there was SO much information in the industry, that brides just didn’t know. My appointments consisted of helping a girl find her dream gown, but also educating her on timelines, color schemes, etc. I wanted this blog to be a place where I could guide brides to. Within the time I started Kelly Good Celebrations though, I’ve expanded to not just bridal content, but also a more raw look into motherhood, and fun lifestyle reads. I never intended for this platform to become so personal, but quickly realized others enjoyed seeing my honest side of life too. I’m eternally grateful for that interaction.
Although my blog has transformed, today I want to get back to why I started it all, for brides. I can preach to you until the end of time that I believe a ball gown is best, to book your venue as soon as possible, or the latest trends in florals; but none of that matters until you’ve figured out a budget for your wedding. Whether your budget is $10,000 or $100,000 EVERYONE HAS A BUDGET. No matter what that budget may look like for you, I’m here to tell, you can still have your dream wedding!
One thing that I really struggle hearing is when a bride has a budget but her vision is clearly not equivalent. Of course the bride’s vision should come to life, but in reality, it’s not going to happen unless she makes cuts and narrows in on what she really wants. Now don’t get this confused with settling. I am very much believer that you can have your dream wedding, as long as you remain focused and realistic. The goal is to make your wedding dreams come true, but without it also looking like a hot mess. (You follow me?)
The topic of someone’s budget can get tricky FAST! I’m far from knowing it all, and actually have another “budget-friendly” post in the works- but for now, let’s keep it simple:
Focus on your top 3 wedding priorities.
What matters most to you?!
Often florals and catering fall at the top of a bride’s priority list. But maybe for you, you’re dying for a live band, or a rooftop venue overlooking the city. There’s no right or wrong answer to this. But if you narrow down your top 3 priorities, wants, must-haves (whatever you want to call it), you can quickly sort through other things that aren’t “as important” to you; ultimately saving in your budget.
(This was a strategy I picked up a couple years ago when I invested in a 6 week course with Kirkbrides… my now employer! Truly one of the most valuable tips I’ve learned.)
But how do you REALLY narrow it down when you want every detail to be so perfect?! Great question. I’m not saying it’s an easy process, but sit down with your fiance and simply chat about it. When looking back years from now, how do you want to remember your wedding day? How do you want your guests to remember it? We hear it all the time, communication is KEY. Communicate with your significant other, then relay that same message clearly to your planner, if you have one. Whoever is in charge of your financial budget will be crucial in keeping you on track.
It’s easy to get caught up in the details, and let’s face it, those details add up in cost. I believe that if you stick to your top three priorities, you’ll not only maintain your budget, but stay focused on having your dream wedding that’s realistic. Simple ways to Save on your Budget is hitting the blog soon. See you then! XO,