If you’ve recently gotten engaged and are wondering how you will ever be able to pay for your wedding ceremony and reception, we have tips to help with that. Get off to the right start by looking at the wedding and reception packages we have to offer at Ocean Isle Inn.
The first thing any couple has to do at this junction is to determine their wedding budget. This way you’ll know, up front, how much you have to work with, how much more you may need, and when you’ll have enough.
Stay calm while gathering these numbers and remember – you can always downsize the plans! Expenses usually are far more than many couples anticipate they will be.
Who Pays for the Wedding?
If you don’t already know the answer to this question we recommend sitting down first with the bride’s parents and then with the groom’s to see how much they’re willing to contribute towards the wedding and reception expenses. If you can’t get a set dollar figure from parents try asking them to finance a specific part like the ceremony, honeymoon, bar tab or overall catering. Sometimes a couple that is already living together will foot the entire bill for their own wedding, reception and honeymoon.
What Will it Actually Cost?
This is where it pays to shop around. Make a list of the items that you need to purchase and then estimate what each will cost. Prioritize the items based on available finances and need. When it comes to caterers, talk to a few of them; compare a buffet to per plate service or consider just light refreshments.
How to Attain More Funds
There are many ways to get the money together to cover the wedding expenses that family isn’t paying for. Using your savings, tapping into a retirement fund, selling stocks and bonds, limit your spending, sell items you don’t need or use anymore, or take out a personal loan at the bank. Don’t overlook the option of working overtime or taking a second job temporarily until you get the funds together that you need. Remember, there doesn’t have to be a rush to the alter.
Getting to Happy Ever After
Making wedding plans, including a wedding budget, is just one of many steps you’ll be taking together as a couple. You can learn a lot about your prospective partner during this process. Just remember to keep an open mind, fully consider each other’s suggestions and ideas, and don’t lose sight of the end goal of becoming husband and wife.