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How to plan your wedding or commitment ceremony and honeymoon

by Sidney Strachan

Hiring a wedding consultant doesn’t mean you lose control of your ceremony.
Weddings and commitment ceremonies typically can cost you anywhere around $15,000 or more. The big question is: who foots the bill? The 21st century has heralded a shift in the way these costs are handled. Today it may come down to who can afford it or, who can qualify for the personal loan from the lending institution.

Weddings may, in most cases, be a one-time special event deserving of all the pomp and pageantry associated with the memorable day. However, there are ways to cut costs and still maximize the moment. Careful planning and budgeting are key to getting the most out of this experience at a reduced cost.

What should go into a wedding plan? When is too much, too much?

There are many things that make a wedding a wedding. The old adage, “Something new, something used and something blue, is a reliable guide to save.

Knowing what you need and how much it cost compared to your allotted budget for each item is essential. Your check list should include (when applicable): Attire and accessories, wedding rings, flowers, wedding cake, wedding site, reception site, photography/video services, limousine, ceremony fees, decorations, licence, honeymoon/travel, music/entertainment

On a budget honeymoon? Try a friend’s remote cottage, town house or timeshare.
services, invitations, wedding consulting fees, beverage/drinks and type of wedding.
Generally, all of these items should be carefully itemized and an actual cost should be obtained from the service providers. Your budget for each service or product should be include to help guide you and/or your wedding consultants. From this list you can determine things like the size of your guest list, bridal party and reception, cake and amount you can actually allocate to each specific area.

A good example is: if you are purchasing a wedding gown and accessories which can easily run into $1,500 or more and your budget is $600, you can opt to rent a gown, which typically at the high end is around $400.

Knowing where you would like to host your wedding and the type of wedding you want is also very essential. Many people typically choose a traditional wedding (religious), while others opt for more contemporary secular services.

Honeymoons can be another costly expense. Honeymoons can extend from that drive to another state to the extended Bahamas vacation or Carribean cruise. Many companies are now incorporating wedding and honeymoon packages in their vacation packages.

Knowing where you would like to host your wedding or commitment ceremony and the type of wedding you want is also very essential.
June typically is noted as the wedding month. So, expect costs to be higher. If you know your budget then it may be beneficial to allow a wedding consulting firm to handle the arrangements. Statistics show that couples are so tired and stressed after the wedding many do not have sex on the first night of the honeymoon.

Hiring a wedding consultant doesn’t mean you lose control of your ceremony. It just saves you the hassle and stress of coordinating and implementing each individual activity and duty.

Your honeymoon can be like any other vacation as far as proper planning is concerned. In order to save money, you must know what you want to do. Where you want to go? What do you want to see? Consult with travel consultants in the country or area you plan to visit. Research well. Your trip does not have to be robotic or mechanical, but it can be cost effective and well organized.

Here are a few cost saving tips for your special day:
• Trim your guest list.
• Reduce the number of attendance in your after-party and reception
• Budget your honeymoon well.
• Choose the kind of wedding you like but can afford.
• Research: at least six months in advance.
• Book in advance: try the internet.
• Stay near home: try a friends remote cottage, town house or timeshare.
• Shorten your vacation stay.
• Travel and wed in the off season.
• Go on a cruise: They are usually all inclusive.

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