A listener with a 10K Budget that was shot down by a wedding planner / Michelle tells you all about a wedding she worked last weekend / Yoga and morning routines.
Before we jump into an awesome listener’s question about how to make the most of her small wedding budget, we discuss the MANY virtues of yoga! It’s good for your body, good for your mind, and good for keeping things nice and grounded during wedding planning! We are especially fond of a nice, relaxing, mindful morning routine...even if it’s only 5 minutes, it matters. So, your friendly neighborhood planners recommend Yoga. Take it or leave it! After some yoga talk, we delve into an email from ‘Hopeless in San Diego’, a listener and bride planning her wedding on the West Coast. She’s got 10k, a bad taste in her mouth from a wedding planner she contacted, and we’ve got ideas! And a little encouragement. You can do this, Hopeless! We’re here for you.
Since it’s smack dab in the middle of wedding season as we record this episode, we have some big plans for our Quick Focus episodes. Short, informative episodes that break something down...guest books and wedding ceremony scripts are on deck for upcoming episodes.
If you are working with a modest wedding budget - don’t despair! You can still have a nice wedding.
Breaking down a wedding budget is all about allocation. With a full budget of 10k, you don’t have enough money to allocate some for every single vendor. So, the word of the day is COMPROMISE. You need to figure out which elements are most important to you and which elements or vendors can be nixed. Maybe you don’t need a DJ, maybe you can do your own flowers, maybe you serve drinks and apps instead of dinner to your guests. There are ways to do this, but the truth is, you are not going to get everything you may want with a 10k budget.
The easiest way to cut money out of your wedding, is by cutting the guestlist.
Consider having a small ceremony with close friends only - maybe at City Hall - and then you can have a party later with more guests. This might save you lots of money because the party can be after dinner, and if you can do it on a Friday night, you’ll probably save money that way too!
Keep in mind that there are lots of reasons why a wedding vendor may be willing to negotiate...you won’t know for sure if you don’t ask. Be polite, and maybe you’ll land on someone that is willing to go down in price for your wedding.
Pull some strings! If you have a cousin that makes cakes, ask them to make yours! Consider it a wedding gift. Does your best friend’s husband have the hook up for some sound equipment or uplights? Can all of your aunts put together the crafty centerpieces? If you are asking someone to do a professional job when they aren’t a real professional...make sure you do something that is totally within their wheelhouse. A wedding sometimes calls for calling in favors.
If you can’t afford a wedding planner, you should absolutely be listening to our podcast! We have an episode about wedding budgets and it’s not all fluff, we’re really breaking it down and we base it on percentages. We also have 3 episodes all about the wedding day timeline...this is work that a wedding planner would take on. It’s detail oriented and it’s not sexy, but you can do it! The more organized you are, the more you’ll be able to stretch your budget. Our podcast is like having a wedding planner in your pocket throughout the planning process...if you have questions, we have answers! Listen, learn, plan that wedding!
Links we referenced
Yoga from home! Here are Michelle's suggestions.
Oroboros Yoga - Michelle goes to his Yoga classes regularly and you can listen in and practice at home.
Yoga With Adriene on YouTube - Michelle's brother recommends this one.
How to DJ your own wedding A past episode you should listen to if you are looking for ways to cut costs for your wedding.
“The main word here is priorities. Priorities and Compromise...you and your partner have to sit down and decide what really matters to you.” - Christy
“Remember, this is seasonal for us!” - Michelle, one reason why wedding vendors seem expensive
“When you have a lower budget, if you can call in favors...Great.” - Michelle
“These people are there to celebrate you. So you can do it YOUR way.” - Christy
“It’s crazy, it’s wonderful. We are so blessed!” - Michelle, on being a wedding planner
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