Deciding on a wedding budget and making a commitment to it isn’t enough. The costs of organizing your wedding can grow easily and exponentially. So, what do you do to make sure that you’re sticking to it?
Know your scope
Once you have the budget decided, you want to make sure it can cover your expectations. You should already have a rough guest list in mind and a good idea of how much it costs to cater to that many people, as well as how much travel is going to be involved. Avoid letting the scope creep up too much.
Dedicate portions to different costs
The venue, the transportation, the clothing, rings, music, decor, food, and so on. Each of these needs to have a place in your budget and you need to do your research and make sure that you have a good idea of how much each expense will cost. If you start spending without a plan on how much you will spend on each part, your costs will grow without you noticing. This includes setting a maximum spend.
Know your priorities
Emotion can win over logic, sometimes. If you see something that you have your heart set on, such as a dress or a venue, and you’re willing to break your pre-set maximum for it, then you have to know your lower priorities and be willing to reduce your spending on them, instead.
If you really want to stick to your budget, you need to plan and monitor closely. Otherwise, you should probably put some extra spending money aside for scope creep along the way.