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Here are ten suggestions to help you plan and set your wedding budget for your Smoky Mountain wedding.

  1. First of all, you need to be realistic with your overall wedding budget. Include your fiance’ while planning so you both get what you want for the wedding and reception. Keep each other in check. Use a  wedding-priority-checklist so you both know what is important to each other and take them into consideration for your wedding budget.
  2. Don’t try to do it all. There are so many details for a wedding and reception, you don’t want to miss something that may make or break a huge aspect in your day. A wedding planner can help you with vendor discounts, and can help you have stress free planning. A professional wedding planner can help you achieve the wedding of your dreams.
  3. If you still decide to plan everything on your own, make sure you compare vendors, look at their reviews from brides and other vendors. Before signing any contracts, read the fine print. Never sign without reading. If you are being pressured to sign immediately, walk away and keep looking.
  4. Spend time looking at different venues and vendors, don’t just choose the first one. Do your reasearch, make sure they are the right venue or vendor to represent you on one of the most important days of your life.
  5. While Pinterest has so many wonderful ideas, you can easily get distracted into doing so many things that your budget can get very strained. When you consider a Pinterest project, look at the venue you have chosen, and your budget, will that project even work in the setting?
  6. Keep in mind the ages of guests at your reception. If there will be a lot of children, consider games and activities. Having activities will help them feel included or entertained. If you have elderly guests, consider your timeline of activities. After dinner have cake-cutting and toasts, then the specialty dances. They will not want to wait for cake-cutting in the middle of open dancing.
  7. We know every mother has specific dreams for her daughter’s wedding. Please remember this is your wedding, even if mom is paying for it. Yes, we want mom happy with your choices, at the same time, doing everything mom wants will cause the budget to go astray and your vision may disappear which may case undo stress. Talk with your fiance’ first, then include your mom in the planning process. This should keep you and your mother happy.
  8. Figure out how many guests you can actually afford. If you feel you have to invite everyone you know, why not consider a destination wedding. This way, you can invite everyone and only those who truly want to be there for you, will be. If you want to stay home, cut back as much as you can to stay on budget.
  9. Don’t stuff your guests. Start off telling your caterer your budget, your taste, and what you were thinking about for your guests. Do not be offended if they tell you that your budget may not be realistic. Let them gie you suggestions on how to stay on budget. Don’t forget, you want your guests on their feet dancing, not having food coma ready to leave for the night. There is nothing wrong with a light meal.
  10. Be creative, why not use the bridal party’s bouquets, or potted plants as centerpieces? This is a great way to save money on floral costs. Use a photograph on Matte Board to have your guests sign, rather than a guest book. Surprise your guests with a choreographed first dance, they will talk about it for years to come.

Remember, these are just suggestions, and we are here to help.

Written by Ellen Crivellone of Smokey Mountain Sounds. To book your entertainment, call Smokey Mountain Sounds at 865-712-1854