He asked her to marry him. She said yes. They got married, and lived happily ever after.
Sounds easy enough? Wrong! There are much daunting tasks to be done before getting married. But before thinking of the motif, the venue, the songs that the band will play, and other stuff, there’s one thing that you should consider before anything else—the wedding budget.
We bet your stress level is getting higher now. And we feel you! There may be tons of questions running in your mind just hearing the words ‘wedding budget’. But we’re here to help you out! In fact, we’ve answered some of those questions to help you in taking the first steps on planning your wedding budget. So, relax. And take a deep breath.
Let’s begin, shall we?
FIRST FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN MAKING YOUR WEDDING BUDGET
Always the first things first. Before even thinking of getting a pen and paper and write what will seem like a checklist of to-do’s for your wedding budget plan, what should be the first thing on your mind?
To help us answer that question, we’ve invited Ms. Ana Marie Tueres, owner of Solutions Events and a professional events planner, and asked for her advice. She said that the wedding budget should be realistic. Before coming up with an amount, it’s important that the couple asks their married friends on how much they will probably need to spend.
When you’re considering a budget, you should consider your earnings too. This is also important because you can’t always expect your parents or the parents of your soon-to-be wife or husband to help you out.
IDEAL METHOD FOR MAKING A WEDDING BUDGET PLAN
For Ms. Ana, it’s important that in making your wedding budget plan, the couple should make two separate work sheets for two kinds of elements in the wedding—the essentials and the additional.
“First, you have to identify what are the essentials—venue, church, then the food. Followed by the attires—the gown, the barong, etc. Then the wedding ring, your photographer, your videographer, and then your invitation. Kailangan ma-identify mo muna what are the essential needs of your wedding. Ang ilalagay mo dun sa work sheet mo yung mga items na hindi p’wedeng mawala. Especially if you’re in a budgeted wedding, you need to keep the essentials. The other thrills of the wedding would come later if you have excess.”
Finding a platform to use for your wedding budget plan is also essential. You need to keep your plan somewhere clean, organized, and easy to find. Whether you’re a traditional person who prefers to keep it all printed or a tech-savvy who’s more comfortable to keep the plan on your laptop or tablet, always make sure that it’s safe and accessible.
MOST IDEAL MONTHS OF THE YEAR TO GET MARRIED
“Never on a December. Never on a January. Never also on a February kasi mahal ang bulaklak.” Including the months of May to June, these are usually the famous months for weddings. We’d say that the most ideal time to get married is during the off-peak months. This is the time when wedding suppliers might offer good deals and discounts. And since it is off-peak season, suppliers tend to have more time to focus for your wedding because of the low demand for wedding services.