So you want to get married? Before even jumping to the crazy world of wedding preparations and booking suppliers, be sure to tick these things off your list first. These will give you enough idea of what you would be dealing with later on.
- Are you really sure you both want to get married? As in mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially READY TO GET MARRIED?
- Are you done with the Proposal? (with the ring, only if you can afford.. this goes for the men)
- Are you done doing the Pamamanhikan (if you want to be traditional) or have you asked both your parents and family’s blessing for this union?
- Do you want to get married in Civil rights only or at Church?
- When and where is your tentative wedding Date and Time?
and most importantly…
- Do you have an allotted wedding budget in mind?
If you both said YES to all these, now it’s the best time to consider the money part. The big question is – how much are you both willing to spend for your once-in-a-lifetime dream wedding? From this would stem a lot of things. This would be your answerable objective. Both of you – yourself and your fiancee, need to FOCUS hard on this unless you got awesome “angels” who would sponsor all your wedding expenses.
Let’s be clear about this. Wedding Budget will depend on how much you are willing to spend. It depends per couple. There’s no standard amount to get married with. You can spend Php 30,000 on a civil rights ceremony or you can spend Php 1,000,000 ++ in a Church ceremony. You can splurge all your hard earned money or you can just do away with a minimum amount you both have in mind and save more for your future after the wedding aka the real life after getting married.
Here’s the thing – No one can really tell you how much you will need. Coordinators can tell you figures on how much you may need, but is that already it? No. Why? Because you’re the ones who are getting married, not them! It’s your personal touch and taste that should reflect your wedding, not theirs! Yes, they can give you a lot of information about the current rates of different classes of wedding suppliers (these days they categorize suppliers as well depending on how much they charge with their services) because that’s their job and they’re passionate about it, but would that suffice your needs? Probably not. It will still highly depend on —
- How you envision your dream wedding
- How much you’re only willing to spend..realistically speaking
- The quality and type of service each wedding supplier can give
When you both finally answered these questions honestly, it’s best to say that you can now start scouting for wedding suppliers by checking their portfolios and price range for their services. Good research, reputation, history and real past couple reviews are the keys to spotting good ones. On this blog, we have listed some of the suppliers that we have encountered as we go through this wedding preps (we have a long way to go as of this writing) together with their service price range. Check them out for yourself which fits you and your fiancee’s taste and budget. If you still think their rates are way over your budget, there are this so-called All-In-Packages being offered by a few Event planners/companies that cater from the ceremony to reception services, usually including gowns. The purpose is that you don’t have to think about anything but leave it all up to them! But of course, I cannot guarantee if they’ll suit you and your fiancee’s taste.
Weddings can be fancy or simple, but remember the most important thing is you’re getting married to the person you truly love. If you think you both deserve to throw yourselves a luxurious celebration then so be it. Just be sure you’re not both buried in debts or loans after the wedding because that would definitely have a big impact on your finances as a newly married couple. Whether you push through with what you have in mind, it’s always good to have a starting marriage fund after the wedding day.
Goodluck and Happy preps! 🙂
** Don’t know where to start? You may check out our Wedding Checklist Part 1 post to get you started. **
** Is it the Bride or the Groom? Or both? Who should really prepare for the wedding? Find out HERE! **
** Wedding Preparation Struggles, anyone? Find out to know more. **