A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Budget

Bride's Guide to Wedding Budget

When you first get engaged, it’s all about the beautiful dress, the hunt for the perfect venue and deciding on your wedding party. The last thing you want to do is have to think about a budget. Unfortunately your budget is an important part of the wedding planning process. That’s why I created A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Budget!

A wedding budget will ensure that you’re spending wisely and that you and your fiancé don’t need to have any awkward conversations about money later on. Plus, the more you can save, the more money you’ll have for an amazing honeymoon. 

Many brides also tend to think that creating a budget means you’re never going to be able to have the wedding of your dreams. The truth is, having a budget forces you to think out the box, get more creative and stay on track at the same time. This is something that every couple is thankful for after their big day. 

A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Budget

Below are a few tips that you can use to stay on track financially as you create the budget for your wedding.

Bride's Guide to Wedding Budget

Chat about the details

Before you can start putting a budget together, you and your fiancé will need to chat about your vision for the day. Start making a note of all the expenses that you know you’ll need to factor in based on the type of wedding you’re looking to create. This includes everything from the cake and outfits to your transport and the venue. 

Once you have everything in a spreadsheet you can start deciding who is going to pay for what. Remember to include any contributions that your parents might be making too. Now that you know what your budget is, tick off the items that are a priority and mark the items that might need to take a backseat or be removed completely. Make sure that you use this spreadsheet to keep track of all of your expenses so that you can stick to your budget.  

Speak up

As you start researching and enquiring with various venues and vendors, chat to them about your budget and what options they have that would fit in with what you can afford. Ask as many questions as you need to so that you’re not signing up for something that might come with added expenses later on.

Work with a buffer

Working with a buffer is one of the best ways for you to stay on track.  Try and work with a buffer of at least 5% so that you still have some budget leftover for any last minute expenses and splurges. For example, if your wedding budget is $50 000, work on a budget of $47 500. 

Pay sooner rather than later

The sooner you can start paying venues and vendors, the better. Knowing that expenses are already taken care of can really relieve some of the planning pressure. Remember to use your spreadsheet to keep track of all payments that you’ve already made so that you know how much you’re still able to spend. 

Cash in on credit card rewards

Before you start making payments towards your wedding, try and find out about any credit card reward offers that you might be able to take advantage of. Many credit card companies offer clients points that can be exchanged for cash or vacation miles, something that will really come in handy when planning your honeymoon. 

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Mr and Mrs Stubbs | Coronavirus Can’t Stop This Love!

COVID-19 Home Wedding

Coronavirus can’t stop this love!

MK + Spencer had big wedding plans. A large guest list. McClain Lodge booked. Bridal party and family flying in from all over the world. Then came coronavirus and social distancing. Necessary changes were made, including moving the wedding up, changing the location to the front yard, then limiting the number all the way down to ten. But the coronavirus can’t stop this love!

While the day may have been very different from what MK + Spencer originally envisioned, it was one of the sweetest wedding days I have ever been a part of!

Mississippi Spring Wedding

Saturday, March 28, 2020 may not have been the original date MK + Spencer picked to hold their wedding celebration. But we could not have asked for a more beautiful day!

coronavirus date change

After changing their wedding date, MK + Spencer realized that the new wedding date was also the five year anniversary of their first date! Who knew a prom date would turn into wedding bells?!?!

Coronavirus wedding

To keep the number of people at the wedding as low as possible, Bethany of Oak Experience and I were the only two vendors in attendance. Bethany’s floral designs are always amazing! I especially love capturing her bridal bouquets!

Mississippi Spring Coronavirus Wedding

Getting Ready

bride Getting ready

I just love a bride getting ready in her mother’s bedroom! There is something just so sweet about the history and familiarity of the setting.

Coronavirus bridesmaids first look

Social distancing would not stop MK’s bridesmaids from having their first look via FaceTime!

bride getting ready
Mississippi Spring coronavirus wedding
Groom getting ready
groom getting ready
groom getting ready

Bride + Groom Portraits

bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
First Family Portrait
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Arbor
bride and groom portraits
wedding flowers
wedding ceremony
Social Distancing Wedding

In keeping with the current social distancing requirements, the bride’s parent’s went live on FaceBook for the wedding ceremony! Over 100 people from around the world watched LIVE as MK + Spencer said “I do”!!

bride and father
who gives this bride
outdoor wedding ceremony
outdoor wedding ceremony
recessional

MK + Spencer waved to the friends who drove up and stayed in their cars for the ceremony!

social distancing wedding

Reception + Exit

homemade wedding cake
homemade wedding cake
homemade wedding cake
vintage champaign

This bottle of champaign was purchased on MK’s parent’s honeymoon in Hawaii 24 years ago!

first toast
getaway car
social distancing wedding
social distancing wedding

Neighbors held signs of congratulations and stood at the end of their driveways as MK + Spencer drove away!

Wedding Planning and COVID-19

Old Union Baptist Church Wedding

We are in this together!

So much has changed so quickly in our wold and nation in the last week. Wedding planning and COVID-19 has produced so many questions and uncertainty as we are encouraged not to gather in groups of 10 or more and to practice social distancing.

The world as we know it has changed. And spring weddings have been impacted. I have been on the phone with several brides this week rescheduling all the March, April and early May weddings I had booked. My heart breaks for every couple who is faced with postponing the big event they have been planning and looking forward to for so long!

Our Biblical Response to COVID-19

While our church and ministry have suspended all larger gatherings in cooperation with government requests, we are continuing to observe our Biblical Response to COVID-19 by checking on our neighbors and meeting needs as we are able. This will not change.

Staying Informed

As so much false information circulates on social media, it has become more important than ever to stay informed through reliable sources. We are keeping up with Fox News and the Mississippi State Department of Health for reliable information as the virus progresses.

Wedding Planning and COVID-19

As we navigate this together, I wanted to share a few tips:

Communicate with your wedding vendors

Communication is KEY as plans are changing rapidly! If you need to adjust your plans, or even reschedule all together, it is important to maintain clear communication with all of your wedding vendors. Make sure your vendors send you contract addendums to confirm and clarify all changes.

Communicate with your wedding guests

Do you have a wedding website? FaceBook Group? Or email list? If not, then now is the time to set it up. You can create a FREE Wedding Website using one of the beautiful templates on Minted. This is a great way to keep wedding guests up to date on your changing plans.

Offer virtual attendance to your guests

Do your new wedding plans include keeping your upcoming wedding date, but having a small family only ceremony? Include your guest via the web! FaceBook Live and YouTube Live are two options to provide guests a way to attend your wedding virtually!

PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

As we enter uncharted territory, my encouragement to each of us is to pray without ceasing. God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Do not allow fear or worry to dominate your thoughts and decisions! Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

Download our free Psalm 91 NLT printable to post in your home and declare over yourself, your family and community! Let’s pray without ceasing and see this virus defeated in Jesus’ Name!

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Top Tips for Planning Your Reception Tables

Disney Inspired Wedding at Old Waverly

Your reception tables will play a big role in the overall atmosphere of your wedding day. There are various shapes and sizes for you to choose from, each option adding a unique touch to your reception area. The shape and size that you choose will depend on your specific wedding style and the space that you’ve chosen to have your reception in. 

Here are the options that you have available to you. 

Square or Rectangle Tables

These shapes are best for events that are taking place in unconventional areas such as under a tent or on a lawn and are a great way to create borders in your reception area. This doesn’t mean that you need to line them up perfectly either. Square or rectangle tables can be placed at different angles to create a unique look and feel. If you will be using this table shape, be sure to use an even number of chairs and quality linens to soften any edges. 

Round Tables

Round tables are used most often for events because they work in just about any space. If you do want to make things more interesting though, try using a few tables of different sizes. Beautiful chairs, cutlery, linens, and flowers can really bring these classic tables to life. 

Banquet Tables.

Since banquet tables are longer, they generally work well in larger reception areas. Banquet tables work well when organized in U or L shapes but you could also place them in rows.  Using décor of different heights and sizes helps break these larger tables up; candle holders and vases being some examples. Use runners of different textures or square plates to add some character to the tables. 

Remember that while you need to choose the right table for your unique space, the tables act as a base for your reception area and can be used to create any style and atmosphere you want on your wedding day.