Wow! I can’t believe it’s been over a year since the last time I blogged about my upcoming wedding! Here’s a quick recap to fill you in… I got engaged just after midnight on New Year’s of 2014/2015, check out the story here, but we knew right away that we would have a longer engagement as we wanted a Fall wedding and needed some time to save up! Well, over the past year we have done quite a bit of saving, we have been planning, and we have just enjoyed being engaged. So, over the next few months, I am going to share my wedding planning process and experiences with you, starting with the oh so fun B-word, Budget, and a more exciting topic, the Venue!
The Budget…This is probably the least fun part of the planning process but also the most important! And it’s important to do this before anything else, since you won’t want to go look at and fall in love with a venue or a dress that you later realize is way out of your budget. One important thing to remember, you can still have an amazing wedding on a smaller budget, so you don’t need to go broke for this one day, since that will only cause you more stress and issues later on. Be realistic and talk with your partner about what you want this day to be about and what you can afford. Are you getting help to pay for the wedding? Then include them in this conversation.
Danny and I are in our mid 30’s and have been living together for over 5 years already, so we had decided that we would pay for our wedding ourselves and any help that may be offered from our parents, would be considered a bonus. We want to make sure we can afford the wedding ourselves so as to not put any additional strain or stress on our families. To start our budget I printed out several budget calculators from various wedding websites, such as theKnot and Brides, just to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything. And trust me, there are so many small things that add up, like postage to send out save the dates and invites, for one. Danny and I talked about what was important to us and areas we could save money. Our venue was something that was important to us and our wedding location is definitely on the more expensive side, but because I plan on doing all my own arrangements, with wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers.com of course, I knew I could stretch the venue budget a bit because we will save on flowers. We also plan on building our own wood tables, since Danny is very handy, so although we will be putting quite a bit of our time into it, we will save on rental costs as well as linen costs. So figuring out what’s important to you and what’s not as important, as well as determining if there’s anything you can do yourself, will help you determine where to spend your money.
The Venue… As I mentioned earlier, the venue was important to us, especially me, and I am lucky to be able to have our wedding in my dream setting, a big red rustic barn. We will be getting married at the Camarillo Ranch House in California, which features a gorgeous Victorian Style Home, where I will be getting ready, several sprawling lawns and gardens, where we will hold our Ceremony, and the big red barn, where we will have our reception. The barn also provides a plan B, just in case the weather doesn’t allow for an outdoor ceremony. We will be having our wedding on a Friday, which saved us $1,000 over a Saturday wedding, and because we live in Idaho now, that will allow us to then spend the weekend with our friends and family before we begin our trip back to Idaho. If you are looking for ways to save money with your venue I definitely suggest looking into a Friday or Sunday wedding, or you can see if your venue offers any discounts for “off-season” dates. Take a look at some pics of our venue…
Isn’t that tree amazing?! Definitely a good place for some photos!
Next week I will be sharing some inspiration for my overall theme, so stay tuned!