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How to Actually Stick to Your Wedding Budget

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive.

But what is often not talked about is how hard it can be to stick to your wedding budget. There are so many expenses to remember, and it can be so easy to go over budget. Here are some tips to help keep you on track.

1. Set a budget – together.

The first thing to do is sit down with your fiancé/e, and decide together how much you want to spend on everything.There are many things to consider when planning a wedding; the venue, the decorations, the menu, and the dress are just some of the things to factor in as you make your financial plan. It can easily become overwhelming as you view everything you need to buy. Sitting down together to plan out your budget is a crucial first step.

Wedding savings jar

2. Opt for affordable wedding rings (it'll be the best decision you make)

Wedding rings are one of the most expensive items needed for a wedding. However, there's actually no reason to spend so much money on the rings. The idea that you must purchase expensive wedding bands is extremely outdated. Thankfully, Modern Gents offers beautiful wedding rings for both men and women. They have many unique styles for every personality, and the best part is, even though they look like they cost a pretty penny, they are affordable! You won’t need to break the bank to get a set of rings you will both love, and your budget will thank you for it. Check out the full collection here.

The Evermore set and The Titan

Rings: The Evermore, The Titan

3. Keep track of all your purchases, even the small ones

While this may seem simple, this can become very difficult. It’s easy to get so excited with wedding related purchases that you ignore the budget and shop until you drop. It can also be difficult to remember what you have already bought and what you still need to purchase for the wedding. Keeping a record of your budget and your purchases will help you avoid overspending and will help you stay on track.

Person writing budget

4. Hold each other accountable (nicely, of course)

Another great way to make sure you stick to your wedding budget is making sure you and your fiancé/e hold each other accountable. Check in with each other often about the wedding purchases you are making, and have open conversations about the budget. Reviewing the budget together from time to time will also help keep you on track. Maybe set aside a day once every two weeks to go over what's been purchased (you can do this over a glass of wine to make it more enjoyable). Not only will this help you stick to your budget, but will help the two of you bond as you prepare for the big day!

Couple together on a laptop

5. Have a reward system!

Having a reward system can be a great way to help keep you on track. The system can work however you want it to; maybe by sticking to the budget for a month, you get to watch your favorite movie. Or maybe treat yourself to a nice bottle of wine, or have a game night with your closest loved ones. Bonus: treat yourself to multiple wedding bands whenever you accomplish certain tasks! Whatever reward you choose, keep in mind that the ultimate reward is sticking to your budget and having the wedding you have always wanted!

The Bliss wedding set

Rings: The Bliss

Do you have any tips for sticking to a wedding budget? Share them with us in the comments below!