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Big Wedding Dreams On A Reality Budget

Sometimes it's hard to start planning a wedding when money is the worry. Money is important but remember, the foundation for your wedding day is the fact you want to celebrate your marriage. So fighting over the wedding budget with your family and fianc?� doesn't seem worth it, does it? And remember that the celebration of your commitment to one another is the most important thing about having a wedding.

Yes, weddings cost money, but it depends you can have a great wedding on a budget. I have planned weddings that had budgets ranging from $5,000 to $40,000. But no matter what the budget, here are some tips to help you:

1. Find the source of the money.

So where is this money coming from? The money tree in the backyard? Don't you wish that existed? Is it coming from your savings? Are your parents contributing? Are Visa, MasterCard and a line of credit involved? Don't get into too much debt over your wedding or you will be struggling to pay it off and fighting over money the first few years of your marriage.

2. How much do you have to spend?

Once you've found where the money is coming from. Ask yourselves if this is a realistic budget to plan your dream wedding with? If not... you might want to consider prolonging your engagement and saving up for the things you want. If you want to get married as soon as possible then you need to understand that you might not be able to have all of the things you've ever hoped for on your wedding day. Instead, consider having a smaller more intimate wedding.

3. Set a budget and do your research.

Once you've found the amount you are working with, break down your budget into categories then allocate the funds appropriately. Budget for flowers, photographer, reception costs, etc. You can do an internet search for budget sheets that will help you list out the costs and keep track of all of your expenditures.

Remember, your wedding day is important, but more important is the fact you're in love and you want to spend the rest of your life with this person. So, work your budget, plan a beautiful wedding and stay out of the poor house.