Getting engaged is a defining moment in our lives. The emotion is so overwhelming that the memory seems like a whirlwind. Shortly after the elating engagement, the thought will pop up, “How much can I spend on my Colorado wedding?”
The short answer is that it is entirely up to you. If you’ve had visions in your mind since you were very young, it is important that you see those come to life on the big day. Budgeting for the important details is what makes the day happen.
Much of it depends on what is most important to you. For some, the honeymoon is what it’s all about, so the trimmings on the wedding aren’t as important. For others, just having all of their loved ones together to take part in the union is the ideal. Here are a few ideas that may help to save in one area while splurging on another part of your Colorado wedding.
Scenery can make up for decorations. There are spots in this state where you are literally in the postcard. If you choose a beautiful Colorado wedding destination, you can save money on decorations because the views are priceless.
Food is necessary, unlimited drinks are not. It’s your duty as host to make sure everyone is well fed. It’s not your responsibility to get everyone drunk. People seem to be thankful for free beer and wine, and that can be heckuva lot cheaper than open bar.
Explain your price ranges to your vendors. If they can’t help you, they may be happy to refer you to someone who can.
Looking back on my wedding, I have never wished I’d spent less on it. In fact, when I consider how much I labored over a few hundred dollars here and there for something that could have just made it easier on everyone, I probably could have used the effort I wasted worrying on finding the extra couple of hundred dollars.
Oh, and do the money dance. I always want to give the bride and groom an extra $10 or $20. I like it. Some people don’t, but I think it’s OK.
Paul Wozniak is a Northern Colorado radio personality and an MC for weddings and events. You can visit www.paulwozniak.com for more helpful tips as well as his blog.