Hello there! Every once in a while we see a “trend” that we feel needs correcting. Today’s blog is really the start of a campaign of ours. We are calling it "Name Your Elephant"!! Read on to learn more.
Understandably, most folks have no idea what a wedding costs. When you are thinking about spending the rest of your life with someone, “wedding cost” is not usually the first thing you Google. Then, when you do get engaged, “advice” comes out of the wood work. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion of what you need to do, and how much you need to spend. Don’t let anyone fool you. The only thing you truly need to get married is a marriage license, an officiate and a couple of witnesses. Everything else is truly optional “icing on the cake”. Those options, however, are endless – limited only by your desires, imagination and budget.
Today we wanted to talk about that last item on the list – the ever present, pink elephant in the room – YOUR BUDGET. We are fortunate enough to work with clients whose budgets range from $8k to $80k. The diverse tastes, budgets and priorities of our clients are what make our jobs enjoyable. Truly, no two weddings are the same (nor should they be). For us professionals – especially given the core purpose of our business - your budget doesn’t matter to us AT ALL. We believe in your right to a happy, beautiful, enjoyable day – regardless of your day’s final price tag. The only thing that does matter to us is that we know your budget – whatever that magic number may be. Let me tell you why.
A key component of our jobs as coordinators is to ensure we are maximizing every penny you spend on your wedding. We do this through vendor recommendations, design ideas and advice. We cannot help you and effectively give you the services you are paying us for if you keep us in the dark. The same is true for the other services we provide. For instance, our floral design team creates beautiful floral décor for a wide range of budgets. But everything from what flowers we recommend, to what style, shape and size of design we create depends on your budget. It will always look beautiful, but things do look different depending on your price tag.
We know it can be awkward talking about money, and we know that there is this perception out there that folks in the wedding industry mark things up because it’s a wedding, but we are here asking for your trust. By not disclosing your total budget, we can’t have the follow up conversation about your unique priorities and how you would like to allocate your budget to reflect those priorities. Please understand that you are doing yourself a dis-service and you are wasting a lot of your time asking for, and waiting for proposals, that aren’t able to be tailored to your needs. When vendors don’t know your budget for the particular service you are asking for, they don’t have the necessary information to design your perfect proposal. This wastes time and can really lead to a lot of unnecessary disappointment and frustration. It is also a wasted opportunity for your vendors to stretch their creative muscle and help you create the overall look you want with the budget you have.
Please remember; helping you is why we are in business. So please, help us on our mission to end budget secrecy and “Name Your Elephant” - AKA disclose your budget. We promise, it will make this “process” of planning your wedding so much more enjoyable for you.