3. Decide what's most important to you and your significant other:
I mentioned this in my last post, and I cannot stress it enough. Make sure you sit down with your fiancee (soon to be husband or wife) and really discuss what you want to spend your money on. For us, it was a no-brainier .We knew photography and videography were extremely important to us, so we made sure we had a good budget for those two things. We also cut back on other little things that didn't mean as much, like the cake. We didn't want to go crazy with the cake since we both don't really like it, so we chose a very basic cake option. Food was also very important so we wanted the best cocktail hour and dinner options available. When you budget for something in advance it really helps keep you on track when the wedding is being planned.
4. Pass on the "pricey" details:
It's easy to get caught up in the things you need, and the things you think you need. Every bride goes through this. You wonder if you're making the right choices, or splurging when you shouldn't be, etc. My best advice is to really think about how important the choice is to you. If something really means a lot to you, then you should do it, and if it doesn't then you should pass. For instance when our maître d' set up our table setting options, there was one tablecloth and set up that I fell in love with. It turned out that the tablecloth and charger plates were extremely expensive, and would end up being a few thousand dollars extra if we had decided to include these. We ended up going for a cheaper option, for both the charger plate and the tablecloth, and they both ended up looking gorgeous either way. For those of you who don't know what a charger plate is it's the outside plate that the main plate sits on. You're probably thinking not a big deal right? As a bride when you see something you love it's really hard to not want it. It's hard to pull yourself away and say, "I don't think we need that." But in the end, you don't really need anything. It's about what you want. So remind yourself that when you are getting quoted for unecessary amounts of money for things you don't "need."