Where does my money go???

This is a very valid question lots of brides ask. Brides and grooms can end up spending more money than they want to or that they should because they don’t have a budget in place. It may not be the fun part about planning a wedding, but it is definitely the most integral part. Budget creation is our third process to making sure your wedding is perfect. Whether you are incredibly well off and can afford that extremely extravagant, over the top wedding or you are the frugal bride that wants to save every dime where she can, a budget must be created. Budgets help to outline where your money goes. It helps to establish what is important to you in your wedding and what can be cut if need be (i.e.: real vs. fake flowers or band vs. DJ.) At Elite Elegance, we are experienced in budget creation, maintenance and money management. We don’t want you to spend any more than you have to and we make it our highest priority to keep you within your limits.

How do we do that you ask? In our first round of meetings to discuss your event, the question we lead with is what you think you will be able to spend on your event. If you’re not sure, then we can help you by establishing what you can comfortably and realistically save weekly, biweekly or monthly. After determining that, we then figure out what is a must, what you are flexible about, and what you don’t want on your day. By answering these questions, we can then begin to compile your specific budget. We can tailor it to make sure it is exactly what you’ll need to have your perfect day. We are aware of what vendor costs run, so we will make sure that the budget is accurate to what you would need to spend. We also know how to save you money in EVERY aspect of your special day and will make every effort that you reap those benefits. This budget begins to help us find your vendors (which we will talk about in detail in our next blog).

The most important thing to remember about your budget, though it is essential to have, is that it is just an outline. If you end up realizing you have more money than you thought, you can choose to add it to your budget. If things are tighter than you expected, we can trim your budget. Though some clients are intimidated by this step, we will help you feel at ease about your financial status and making sure that you are not pushed out of your budget comfort zone. And most importantly, so you know…where the money goes!

The right date for you is important!

The first step in our five-step process to create and pull off your amazing and perfect day is Save The Date.  The date can set the mood, tone, color, and even style of a wedding.  Most people tend to get married during “Wedding Season” — June through September, with June and September being the peak months.  Generally, this time has the best weather and people are usually more available in the summer.  If you are getting married during this time, venues and vendors will charge peak rates as it is their busiest time.

How do you know what date works for you?  The advice I give my brides is to really think about how they envision their wedding.  If you see lots of bright colors and knee-length or tea-length dresses, summer will probably be the best time.  Do you want a certain scenic background for pictures that not everyone else has? Maybe an autumn wedding would best suit your needs. Do you want a large or intimate wedding at dusk with a cozy feel? Maybe an indoor winter ceremony/reception is what you’re looking for.  Are there any dates that are significant or special to you and you partner? Often, weddings and events correlate with special dates and make it easier for you to choose.

Regardless, whatever date you choose will be meaningful and special to you and your partner.  Keep in mind that having flexibility with your date is definitely best, especially during the summer. Venues and vendors get booked far in advance so the actual date you want may not be possible!  One benefit if you want a fall or winter wedding: you’re almost certainly guaranteed your date.

Are you on a tight budget?  If so, getting married in off-peak times will save you a substantial amount of money! Venues and vendors are looking to fill their slots as business slows during the off-season. There are also other money saving days and dates. Booking on a weekday or a Sunday will also save you money!

Once you pick your date – whatever it may be – the planning process can fully begin.  We can create a timeline and stick to it to ensure that the months leading up to your event run smoothly.  We can also begin to really dive into what you are interested in having your event look like.

My final advice to you: don’t stress!  Your date is very important, but things can always be worked out if your specific date doesn’t work. Saving the date is just the beginning to creating the moment of your dreams!