By far the biggest challenge in your wedding planning process is managing the budget i.e. how much you should spend on each category of your budget. It is challenging because it forces you to answer a few uncomfortable questions. But trust me, once you have answers to those questions, you would have cleared one of the biggest, if not the biggest, hurdles in your wedding journey. I believe in you!
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THE GRAND NUMBER
To begin with, think of what you can realistically afford. If you’ve already been given a firm currency value for your budget, don’t count on any other potential sources that may or may not contribute. Work with what you have, anything else is icing on the cake.
In order to get to your “GRAND NUMBER” you must ask your partner and yourself these uncomfortable questions:
Q1: How much do we have now?
Q2: Realistically how much would we have by the wedding day?
Q3: Are we splitting the cost even? If not, what then?
Q4: Is going in debt an option?
Q5: How long are we willing to remain in debt?
Q6: What kind of wedding do we want? Big or small? Are we willing to spend so much?
Phew! Congratulations! That was uneasy, but you survived and now have your Grand Number. Thanks for being brave.
DICING THE GRAND NUMBER
Having that gigantic amount is not quite enough. You need to decide how much of that total is going to the photographer or the hired band etc. Here is a general percentage division of any wedding budget. Of course, this may vary on what the both of you prioritize, but should give you a general idea.
Your wedding budget might be the only sanest thing during your wedding madness! In the long run, budgeting will help your mind devote itself to fun rather than insanity! Happy Budgeting!
Lots of love and positive vibes,
Shekhar The Scriptwriter