How to create a wedding budget: a beginner bride’s guide

What you need to know to create an awesome wedding budget (and set yourself up for wedding success!)

CJ Williams Photography

If you’re recently engaged, I can only assume that the big day is occupying your every waking thought and dream. From flipping through magazines and browsing Pinterest, you may believe that the sky is the limit when it comes to who and what you can include on your wedding day.

However, I’m here to give you a bit of a reality check – weddings are expensive! Whether you plan to host 50 or 150 guests, there is no way to avoid specific costs that come with the territory of planning any type of wedding.

Your best defense in staying on track and not spending more than you can afford is to set up a wedding budget! A budget is the best way to outline all the upcoming expense categories, as well as to prioritize which vendors and extras are most important to you and your significant other.

Use these easy-to-follow steps for how to create a wedding budget in order to help make your wedding day dreams a reality (without spending your life-savings!).

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Cool wedding details all brides in 2015 should incorporate into their big day

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Nadia Meli via Ruffled

For most, the start of a new year means resolutions and goals and maybe even hitting the gym again after that indulgent holiday season. Here at Wedding Party our favorite part of the new year is looking at all the fabulous trends coming out this year. We’re making our predictions for cool wedding details in 2015 and we’re getting very excited to see a lot of lovely couples incorporate them into their celebrations. Some of these trends make big statements on a small budget, and some of them make life just a little sweeter for all your guests. We can’t get enough of rose gold and eucalyptus and we can’t wait to see lots more this year!

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How to choose your bridesmaids & the coolest ways to ask them!

Gorgeous pastel colored bridesmaids!

Melissa Gidney

Once you are engaged your head will start racing about who to pick for your bridal party. There will be people that you want to ask right away, and others that you are unsure about. There will be some people that expect to be asked, even if you aren’t close with them anymore. It is definitely hard to decide how you should choose your bridesmaids. All of the expectations about who you should ask and who you want to ask may start to overwhelm you. We have 8 pieces of advice for you that we hope will help you decide who your perfect bridesmaids for you will be!

So read on, and then once you know who you want to ask use one of our 5 favorite ways to propose to your bridesmaids!

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13 cost-cutting ways to save money on your wedding dress

Marissa Maharaj

It’s that day that you’ve dreamed of since you were a little girl: the day you try on wedding dresses for your “I Do’s”! With your Pinboard full of wedding dresses and your dress shopping team at your side, you’re ready to conquer the wedding boutique and find that one dress. THE dress.

There’s just one problem (as always)… your budget. First of all, let me say that if you’re a bride who’s lucky enough to have someone foot the bill for your wedding dress, that is awesome. However, if you’re paying for a good portion of your wedding yourself, or if you’ve got a squeezed budget that is putting pressure on your wedding dress dreams, dress shopping can be a little bit anxiety-inducing. I know when I was dress shopping I was SO excited, but always had a little voice in the back of my head reminding me that I was only going to wear the dress for a day, so it better not blow my budget!

Not to fear though — you can (and will!) find the dress of your dreams. It’s out there somewhere, and yes — it’s going to work with your budget. You just have to do your homework and think outside the box for ways to save money on your wedding dress. I’ve rounded up 13 different ways that any bride can use to find a gorgeous dress while still saying cost-conscious AND having an awesome time buying her wedding dress.

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