10/4 Real Bride Ciji: The Dollars & Sense Of Your Wedding Budget

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I’m 75 days into the happiest time of my life. I’m floating on Cloud 9, the new accessory on my left finger continues to sparkle and the engagement glow is bright, everything is just as I imagined it and I am itching to plan the wedding of my dreams. There’s just one small challenge … the budget!

Professionally, I have planned thousands of events for many major brands. I am the go-to friend that plans every surprise birthday party, baby shower and bachelorette party. If a celebration is in order, I have probably planned it. The beauty in all of this experience is that I know how to plan one H-E-double-hockey-sticks of a party … oh and spend other people’s money.

You would think that with all of this experience, wedding planning would be a no brainer. I have my checklist, I have my Pinterest board and most of all I have the love of my life by my side; what more could I possibly need? Simple answer: MONEY!

Having the answer is only part of the solution. Making sense of how the budget will affect your peace of “planning” mind is the other part of the solution. My job here is to keep you sane, follow the three “Bs” below as you map out your wedding budget

Be honest, with yourself, your fiancé and your family. Before you get your heart set on the perfect (overpriced) venue, share your vision with your family and allow them the opportunity to weigh in if they are able to provide financial support. Trust me; it’s better to know what you have in the bank before you start to work with vendors.

Be intentional. Of course I selected my favorite girlfriends to stand by my side, when I wear the title of bride.I hand-picked each of them because of our special bond and their DIY skills. Some will help to design the bouquets, others will assemble the favors and a couple will be in charge of pizza ordering and keeping the wine glasses full at the DIY party! One of my fabulous bridesmaids has recently developed a knack for designing floral arrangements.  I hit the jackpot!

Real Bride Ciji's bridesmaid flower arrangement

Photo Credit: www.RosalynnDaniels.com

Be willing, to stretch out of your comfort zone. I HATE personal budget plans and my idea of a fun Friday night is not staring at an Excel sheet and monitoring a budget. The upside is that once you have the budget squared away, the plan in place and the DIY party on the calendar you are ready to plan the BEST.DAY.EVER.