The 5 Ss You Need to Manage Your Wedding Budget

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Don’t panic but, let’s talk money for starters. We know that your only wish right now is for some lost rich relative to pop out of the blue and offer to throw you a wedding, their treat. In real life, however, things don’t work out that way. We’re here to help you take care of the little things that might slip through the cracks. We want to save your wedding by sticking to the budget that you set! 

We divided the whole process into 5 sections that we call The 5 Ss. Gear up and let’s dive in!

S for Save:

Good intentions are always present but they’re not enough because real life always barges in and catches us off guard. Luckily, we can still save the day:

1- First off, start by saving 20% of your monthly salary. That’ll do, and if you can spare some more, then please, go ahead.

2- Open a separate bank account to deposit your monthly 20%, call that your wedding account, and literally just place your money in there every month and forget that the account exists.

3- Limit your daily expenses. It goes without saying that there surely are a few things you can cut off that could save you some good cash, like ordering food at work, cutting down on cigarettes, carpooling...Think child, think. 

S for Spare:

Whenever you both decide on a budget for your wedding, stick to that figure no matter what. To do that, you will need to know how to successfully divide your money.  

Around 50% of the budget naturally goes to the venue booking and the preparations inside the place. Set aside 15% for the outfits: the dress, the suit, the accessories, the MUA, and the hairdressers. 10% will go to entertainment, like the DJ or the bands and so on. The photographer and videographer shall both receive 10% of the whole figure. Then comes the last 15% that is to be divided as follows: 5% for transportation, 5% for formalities, like Katb elKetab and Eklil, and 5% for extras and emergencies. 

S for Set a system:

Now that you’ve followed the first 2 Ss, you need to follow through with a system that’s going to make the whole thing work. You’ll need an online budgeter (Check out our wedding budgeter) or notepad to record every penny you spend. Pay attention to your daily and monthly expenses regarding all aspects: food, transportation, shopping, coffee, entertainment, etc. That’s the only way you’ll be able to reduce your expenses and control your budget.

Weds360 budgeter from here 

S for Share and Search:

It’s about time to be creative, to share things, to search hard and to ask for whatever you need:

1- Share things: 

You gotta know who’s going to pay for what. After that, you can work on compromising, like maybe you don’t have to have a huge wedding at an upscale venue, or maybe you could rent the wedding dress and tux since that neither of you would wear them again, or maybe you could give up the 10-story wedding cake. Communication is key to trying to find balance.

3- Ask for what you need: 

Borrowing and renting, in this case, could really work in your favor. Think about whatever can fall under that and start saving some dope!

4- Search hard:

You better start rummaging for the hot offers, the big sales, and the good deals. You have got to keep an eye out for whatever could help you cut down on expenses.

S for Skip: 

We can’t help but let you in on all that is “Skippable” because you may not be aware of this now, but there are tons and tons of money that you can save and spare for things that are better than a one-day wedding party. Things that’ll you can do without just the same:

1- The extra decorations and details inside the venue. You don’t need more flowers or fairy lights. Keep the extra money for things that YOU would need, not for the venue. 

2- The nauseatingly gigantic wedding cake. I’ve never ever, not for once, seen a big wedding cake that didn’t go to waste only because a couple decided it was better to spend lavishly on a cake that most people wouldn’t even touch. 

3- Prices go up during wedding season, so maybe you can have the wedding sometime when the rates aren’t burning up. 

4- Never show enthusiasm or avid interest when approached by a vendor with a deal, that way, you might get them to make you an even better offer.

 

Don’t panic but, let’s talk money for starters. We know that your only wish right now is for some lost rich relative to pop out of the blue and offer to throw you a wedding, their treat. In real life, however, things don’t work out that way. We’re here to help you take care of the little things that might slip through the cracks. We want to save your wedding by sticking to the budget that you set! 

We divided the whole process into 5 sections that we call The 5 Ss. Gear up and let’s dive in!

S for Save:

Good intentions are always present but they’re not enough because real life always barges in and catches us off guard. Luckily, we can still save the day:

1- First off, start by saving 20% of your monthly salary. That’ll do, and if you can spare some more, then please, go ahead.

2- Open a separate bank account to deposit your monthly 20%, call that your wedding account, and literally just place your money in there every month and forget that the account exists.

3- Limit your daily expenses. It goes without saying that there surely are a few things you can cut off that could save you some good cash, like ordering food at work, cutting down on cigarettes, carpooling...Think child, think. 

S for Spare:

Whenever you both decide on a budget for your wedding, stick to that figure no matter what. To do that, you will need to know how to successfully divide your money.  

Around 50% of the budget naturally goes to the venue booking and the preparations inside the place. Set aside 15% for the outfits: the dress, the suit, the accessories, the MUA, and the hairdressers. 10% will go to entertainment, like the DJ or the bands and so on. The photographer and videographer shall both receive 10% of the whole figure. Then comes the last 15% that is to be divided as follows: 5% for transportation, 5% for formalities, like Katb elKetab and Eklil, and 5% for extras and emergencies. 

S for Set a system:

Now that you’ve followed the first 2 Ss, you need to follow through with a system that’s going to make the whole thing work. You’ll need an online budgeter (Check out our wedding budgeter) or notepad to record every penny you spend. Pay attention to your daily and monthly expenses regarding all aspects: food, transportation, shopping, coffee, entertainment, etc. That’s the only way you’ll be able to reduce your expenses and control your budget.