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Being a Bride with a Budget, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature image by Casey Rose Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Happy 2018 everyone! Today we want to dive into that underlying “B” word of wedding planning: budgets.  Weddings do take money, and that number sometimes can be an overwhelming factor in the planning of their wedding.  First of all, let us tell you nearly every bride is on a budget.  Big or small, there’s always a limit.

Bride and Groom's First Look

Photo by Thirteenth Moon Photography

However, there are two types of brides when it comes to budget etiquette, and in an effort to help you plan and execute a wedding on your budget with grace and style, we want to help you understand the two categories.

The first is that “bride on a budget”.  This is the bride who understands that any budget has a limit, researches her options thoroughly, and is content with the options that are presented to her.  This bride will look back on the wedding planning experience and rejoice over the final product.  The second is a “budget bride”.  Like the first bride, this bride recognizes that she has a budget, yet struggles to be content with what money can buy for her budget.  This bride will look back on the wedding planning experience and be discontent with the final product. She doesn’t appreciate what her budget can buy, so is forlorn.

Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

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When looking at the two types of bride, it’s easy to see that the bride on a budget is what we want for every bride, no matter the budget they have for their wedding.  Here are some tips to help you in your budgeting and planning for your wedding:

  1. Know and set your realistic budget from the very beginning (educate yourself on the cost of weddings in your area, determine what you can afford by setting priorities). If you determine a large wedding is nearly impossible, there’s no shame in having a small intimate affair or elopement. It’s actually quite trendy these days!
  2. Make a list of areas of the wedding and your budget for each category.  Here is a worksheet that can help you get started from the magazine Real Simple Budget Worksheet (do this before contacting any vendors)
  3. Research vendors that are in your budget area (staying within your budget area will help with disappointment later when you receive that estimate). Be realistic with your expectations.
  4. Visit open houses and bridal fairs to gather more information in your planning
  5. Contact vendors that meet your criteria to set up meetings
  6. Realize that vendors are there to educate and support you. Yes, we must be able to support ourselves so must price our products and services to do that. This is a career not a hobby for us.
  7. Before signing a contract, go back to that budget and make sure that you are focusing on those important details from Tip #1
  8. Finally, enjoy the process and look at the options you have and know that your day is going to be special
Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

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Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, wants to share this information with you, not to scare you off from contacting vendors or dreaming big, but to help you know your budget and not look back at wedding planning as a daunting time.  Our hope is, no matter the budget, you are the bride who is satisfied with every option and gets to the day of their wedding a bride beaming with pride knowing this is the day for them.  Happy wedding planning friends!

XOXO,

Amy

To Invite or Not to Invite: Tips From A Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Riley Maclean Weddings. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

Let’s be honest, weddings can get really expensive really quickly! There are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration, all with the budget in the front of your mind. A good wedding planner will do their best to get you everything you want while being budget-friendly, but the best way to cut back on costs is to cut down that guest list!

There is a huge difference between a wedding fit for 20 people versus a wedding fit for 200 people! When considering guests, be they friends or family, ask yourself these questions to see if you may be able to drop a few names and save a few bucks!

 

Bride Groom Toast Sweetheart Table

Photo by Danell Beede Photography

 

Friends

First things first, you need to understand the difference between your real friends, the ones that might as well be family to you, and everyone else!

  • Coworkers: sometimes we build good relationships with those we work with on a daily basis, and if you feel that close to your work buddy then by all means, invite them! But remember not to turn your wedding into a networking event by inviting anyone and everyone in the office!
  • Acquaintances: their go-to line is “we should meet up sometime” but the simple fact is that “sometime” may not ever come. If you still haven’t made a true connection to this person, feel free to keep holding out hope that a good friendship is over the horizon, but don’t send out that precious wedding invitation!
  • Old friends: the classic “we go way back” can either be really good or really bad, with no in between. Make sure if you’re inviting old friends that they are in fact still your friends, and not people that you simply forgot why you stopped being friends. I can almost guarantee you’ll remember once it’s too late to get that invitation back.

Your real friends will shine through, and you’ll know you made the right decision when you see them smiling at you from the crowd.

 

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Guests

Photo by Danell Beede Photography

 

Family

In a lot of different cultures, when it comes to family events, it’s essential to invite every relative you have. Unfortunately, not everyone’s budget is extended-family-friendly, and some people simply won’t make the cut. The easiest way to cross people off the list is to remember the last time you spoke to each person. If it’s been far too long, they will most likely understand not getting an invite.

You do, however, want to inform your relatives of your new union, and potentially your new address, so consider sending a letter to your extended family with a brief note letting them know, or a traditional wedding announcement after the big day. If they want to meet up to look at photos and meet the new person in your life, at least they’ll know how to reach you and that you thought of them.

 

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Keep in mind, someone may feel left out if they don’t get an invite to your wedding, but it is ultimately your wedding! The key here is never to invite anyone out of sheer obligation, but because your wedding would be lacking their presence! You don’t want to look at your photos 20 years later and think “What was that person’s name?!” Make sure that after you say “I do” and turn toward the crowd, you see only true loved ones.

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator