You’re ready to plan your beach wedding. Congratulations! First things first: Consider your budget. How can you keep your budget on track while still planning the beach wedding of your dreams? Let’s take a look at costs you should consider and ways to save money when it’s all said and done.
Your Beach Wedding Budget List
Before you start choosing vendors, dresses and honeymoon destinations, make a list of your wedding costs. Here’s a quick rundown of things you’ll want to plan for when it’s time to fill out that budget — keep in mind, though, that this is just a basic list. You might want to add other items as you think about your big day.
- Wedding dress and accessories
- Makeup artist
- Groom’s outfit and accessories
- Wedding party outfits
- Paper goods
- Venues (ceremony and reception)
- Photographer and/or videographer
- Wedding planner and/or coordinator
- Decor for both venues
- Music (band or DJ)
- Gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen
- Favors for guests
- Cake and/or dessert
Choose Your Big Day Priorities
Next, look over your list and decide which items are the top priority for you and your future spouse. While you both may not agree on every single point, you’re likely to come together to an agreement in some areas.
Keep in mind that there are some areas you will likely not want to skimp on. Your venues, for both your ceremony and your reception, should probably be one of your top priorities. You also want to make sure you’ve got quality food being served to your guests.
Other items, like makeup, music, or decor, may be smaller priorities for you, or you may have friends who offer these services or will help you DIY them. Figure out where you need to invest your budget, and where you can save by doing it yourself.
Keeping Your Beach Wedding On Budget
Once you have your budget, it’s important to stick to it as much as possible. Here are a few tips to help with that:
Confirm the budget with your partner. Make sure you and your betrothed are on the same page on the total budget, priorities, and who (if others are pitching in) will be responsible for which items.
Talk to your family. If one or both sets of parents or other relatives are helping with your wedding expenses, make sure all parties are clear with who is paying for what (and then check that off your list).
Read your contracts. Read every vendor contract carefully, and ask questions if anything is unclear. You should know exactly what you’ll be paying for, what’s included, what isn’t included, and any additional fees, taxes, or services charges you will be responsible for.
Record everything. From the get-go, track every expense, no matter how trivial it may seem — $20 here and there may not seem to be a big deal, but it will add up quickly.
Money-Saving Tips for Your Beach Wedding
Your wedding should be the happiest day of your life, but it can also be one of the most expensive. Here are a few ways you can keep your wedding day costs manageable.
Look for packages. Many venues offer a package of services, and may even have special rates if you book the ceremony and the reception in the same place.
Think about days, times, and seasons. Weddings have a season, and venues fill up fast during this time. If your wedding date isn’t set in stone, you should see how changing the month, or just the day of the week or time of day, affects your wedding budget.
Save money with a little DIY wedding fun! Decor and flowers are two options for your possible DIY list. Enlist the help of crafty friends and start a Pinterest board of ideas. If you’re looking into doing your own flowers, perhaps take a local class on arranging.
With some careful planning — and immaculate record-keeping — you can have a beach wedding to remember that won’t break your budget.