In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic steps and themes involved with setting and maintaining a budget for an upcoming wedding. It’s important to be realistic with the budget and stick within reasonable ranges as you move forward with the wedding planning process so there are no financial strain issues or related concerns, and there are numerous ways to do this.

At Aspen Landing, we’re proud to serve as Salt Lake City’s most inviting wedding reception venue, with comprehensive wedding planning services that include a professional wedding coordinator and others to help you with budget and other important preparation areas. In today’s part two, we’ll pick up where we left off and discuss a few additional themes, including shopping around for various needs and some tips for handing expected bumps in the road.

Shopping Around

Once you move past the initial budgeting stages we went over in part one, it’s time to begin considering specific services your wedding will require and matching these with local professionals. One major tip we can offer here: It’s vital to shop around for various options within these areas rather than just going with the first one that looks okay.

Compare areas like pricing, services offered and reputation, including using online reviews and word-of-mouth recommendations. Many companies are willing to negotiate prices with you, so be prepared for this as well.

Anticipate Bumps

Planning a wedding is a long and detailed process, and you should enter it and all budgetary areas knowing there will be a few bumps in the road. Not everything will go exactly how you expected it, whether we’re talking a delay from a supplier or any kind of other issue.

For this reason, it’s important to build at least a bit of flexibility into your budget. Be prepared to divert some funds in one direction or another to deal with unexpected issues.

Creative Budget Approach, Not Restrictive

For those who are pushing up against their budget and looking for ways to limit spending, our general tip here is to think of creative methods here, rather than restrictive ones. Instead of simply cutting off a certain desired item or theme, think of ways to include it without a major cost – maybe you can make your own wedding favors or centerpieces at home, for instance, and save significant money.

Eye on the Prize

And finally, as we noted above, this can be a long and stressful process. It’s important for everyone involved, but particularly the couple to be married, to “stop and smell the roses” every so often, so to speak – remember that this is a unique life event you’ll remember forever, and don’t let individual stressors like the budget or others get in the way of your love or complicate your relationship.

For more on setting and maintaining a wedding budget, or to learn about any of our wedding or event venue services, speak to the staff at Aspen Landing today.

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