Congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s time to get planning and budgeting for your big day.
Maybe you’ve been planning this since you were in middle school, or you never thought you’d ever get married. Either way, here you are and my best advice, enjoy the process and don’t sweat the small stuff.
First, the most important part, have a budget!! Save yourself from frustrations and let downs. Second, prioritize the elements that are most important to you and your partner!
Next part can be difficult but it’s one of the big expenses, the guest list. Choose thoughtfully on who will get to share this moment with you both. Be prepared for the parent’s guest list. Respectfully, parents should be able to invite friends but their friends should know you and not just heard of you (awkward).
Maybe your considering an intimate wedding with 10-20 people, or micro wedding with 20-45 people, or small wedding with 50-100 people, or a large wedding with 150 more people (start smiling exercises now). Your guest count will help determine a venue size. Venues are the biggest expense followed closely by food/drinks. At The Kalamazoo House we are an affordable choice for those wanting an intimate wedding or a micro wedding. From our elegant and charming setting to inviting and cozy accommodations. Book a tour and see for yourself.
Do you need a wedding planner? Well, ask yourself this, does planning anything other than a family dinner stress you out? If you said “YES!”, perhaps you should consider a wedding planner. Reach out to Missie with Fineline Events for assistance. However, if you enjoy planning and throwing parties then, you can definitely plan your wedding. Team up with close friends and family members who have expertise in certain areas (i.e. food, decor, music, flower arranging). It can take pressure off of you both and create a strong bond for all involved.
Below are some helpful ideas to get you started. Remember, keep it fun.
Saturdays and Sundays are the most popular and most expensive days of the week to be wed. Here are a few budget friendly suggestions:
Music and Flowers:
Good tunes can make or break a reception so know your ‘audience’. When selecting a DJ, make sure you meet and LIKE the DJ who will work your wedding. Decide what you want from the DJ; will the DJ play tunes before ceremony, do all the wedding announcements, and make sure your reception is fun for everyone. There are better options out there……
Wedding flowers are a key part of the wedding as they are a symbol of fertility, fidelity, and new beginnings. Yet again they are one of those top expenses.
In conclusion, whether you’re planning a micro wedding, a bridal shower, or any intimate event, Kalamazoo offers a unique blend of charm and budget-friendly options. After all, in Kalamazoo, celebrations are about the experience and the love shared, not the price tag. The Kalamazoo House can offer complete inclusivity as we cater to your every need, offering overnight accommodations, delectable breakfasts, and can recommended vendors. Unforgettable moments and treasured memories await, here at The Kalamazoo House.