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Empowering the Modern Bride: A Collaboration Between Shandro Photo and High Culture

Empowering the Modern Bride: A Collaboration Between Shandro Photo and High Culture
March 9, 2012 Haley Shandro

{Budget — Wedding Organization}

Author: Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke

March is upon us and this month we will be talking about the crucial first steps to planning your wedding.

{Image: Shandro Photo}

Couples often ask themselves how to best organize their wedding plans and I believe strongly that organization stems greatly from determining a budget from the very beginning. When I first sit down with couples and ask them if they have yet determined a budget, I often receive the answer of either “we don’t know” or “it doesn’t matter” — in reality, it does matter. Understandably, for many couples who have not experienced wedding planning to any capacity it will be hard to determine a number, but I stand by this: regardless of what the budget, high or low, you always have in mind how much you are realistically able and willing to spend on one day. After all, your wedding day is the first day of the rest of your lives and it shouldn’t put you into debt.

I like to follow a three step model, when helping my clients determine a budget.
1. What do you envision for your wedding day? Tell me about your dream wedding, share with me your inspiration photos.
2. Now, put value on it. How much money are you able and willing to invest in your wedding day?
3. Reevaluate. Your vision and your budget should compliment one another; if it doesn’t, something will have to change and you will need to adapt your vision (in most circumstances) to suit your budget.

To put things into perspective, the average Canadian wedding consists of approximately 140 guests and totals an average of $20,000-$30,000. This budget can often be slightly less or significantly more. I have worked with budgets starting near $20,000 and reaching $100,000+. It’s not about what the budget is and there is no such thing as a best place to utilize your budget, but rather how you use your budget to obtain the best value. This is a notion that I often share with my clients and was reaffirmed for me when I met Preston Bailey last October. I asked where best to allocate the finances within a budget and he replied that “there is no best place. You find out what is most important to them [the client] and you might want to spend most of the resources there.” It is crucial to think of all elements as one — each aspect of the wedding will greatly affect another — you have to make the best event possible that you can with your allocated budget.   I think that if you strictly adhere to the three step model above from the beginning, you will find success in maintaining your budget.

Next week, I will be interviewing Rebecca on the benefits of hiring a wedding planner as well as sharing a photographer’s perspective of the advantages of working with a wedding planner.

A collaboration between High Culture & Shandro Photo.

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