You may not know what colour balloons you want or which song is to be your ‘first dance’, but you will probably know whether the Wedding dress or the food at the Reception is more important to you.
So already, whether you are aware of it or not, you have begun to prioritise in your own mind.
Prioritising is a very useful exercise. It can allow both partners to express their likes and dislikes, their wants and don’t wants, and to allow the couple to discuss how they see the Wedding day as a whole. Perhaps most importantly, by discussing all aspects and compromising over differences, it ensures that the Wedding day meets the wants and needs of both partners and allows attention to focus on what matters the most.
Through clever and effective budgeting, all your wants and needs should be achievable. Prioritising will ensure that should monetary problems or overspend occur, the most important bases are covered. The bulk of your budget should be allocated to your priority activities with any surplus then being apportioned to additional, lower priority items.
There is no right and wrong when prioritising, and indeed you will find that there are wide and varying views on where the money should go. Because of this fact, there is little point telling you that one particular element is anymore important than any other – put simply, you need to decide for yourselves.
So before you go any further down the Wedding path, put an hour aside and discuss where each partners priorities lie. From this discussion, determine a cumulative priority list that takes into consideration the feelings of both partners and then, and only then, you can move onto the next stage.
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