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Beware of Not Budgeting for Your Wedding

Wow, that sounds so ominous but truly, most couples that I meet have not given enough thought to how much they can spend on their wedding flowers.
When you began your wedding planning, did you set an overall wedding budget for all elements needed for the day? If not, that could be a problem down the line. I won't tackle that in this blog because I'm not a wedding planner but this statement comes from years of seeing families struggle to come up with the money to have the wedding they envision. If you don't have a working budget in the beginning and don't allocate dollars for each item needed, you are definitely going to exceed what you can afford.

Here's a great worksheet that shows you most, if not all of the elements needed in a wedding. Easy Budget Wedding Spreadsheet
I'm surprised how often couples tell me they are already over budget and did include a line item for flowers! That's like going into a car dealer and saying I have no money to buy a car but show me all the ones you have. He does not get paid unless you buy a car. That is the way you are making a wedding florist feel when you say you have no budget for flowers.  
If your boss said they wanted you to work 40 hours a week but would only pay you for 20 hours, how would you feel? I'll bet you would feel unappreciated, even angry.  In asking for flowers that you can't afford or don't want to pay for is doing the same thing to your florist. It's really not a  good way to start a relationship with any vendor.
We understand that you do not plan a wedding every day and that you might not know how to go about it. Use common sense, set an overall budget in the beginning, take advise from all your wedding vendors and be open minded. Remember, they really do have your best interest at heart. You will find if you do those things right from the start, you'll get the wedding of your dreams in the end. 
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