here comes the couple …

On 11 aprile 2012

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here comes the couple …
Here comes the couple…… Smiling and excited from the idea of getting married abroad and above all in Italy! We start explaining all the possible solutions, opportunities, areas where they can get married. We explain that we’re a boutique wedding planning agency, not a travel agency selling packages. Meaning that each detail will be of course decided together according to the style of the couple, the project we’ve prepare and more and more in these hard economic time ACCORDING TO THE BUDGET. It is extremely important to understand that getting that married in Italy as getting married in your country has a cost and that it is extremely important that you’ve a realistic approach to you budget.

Before start planning your wedding in Italy first of all decide if you really need a planner or not. A planner is not working for free, as for our agency ranging prices may range from 1500,00 to 2000,00 euro – it is realistic true that you cannot do all by yourself, but if you’ve in mind something simple with only a few guests and you’ve a budget of 3000,00 euro maybe you can start cutting on the presence of someone locally and try to dedicate all your efforts and plan your dream day by yourself. Couples have to understand that a wedding planner is first of all a friend trying to compromise from what the couple what and what realistically it is possible to have, the planner is a link between the couple and the local vendors, the planner with an experience can find for you a reasonable solution on each issue, a planner will be present on your wedding day assuring that all will go smoothly.

Once decided that your budget can afford a planner, well let’s start go through realistically the budget that the day of your dreams will implies. No one wants to think about it, couples don’t want to talk about it and they definitely do not want to deal with it. No matter how hard you may try to ignore it, a wedding budget is vital in planning for your big day; you need to know how much you can spend and on what.

Oftentimes couples go over their budget when they find the ‘perfect photographer’ or decide that they absolutely need that turquoise vintage getaway car because, “It matches our colours,” and you can’t imagine leaving the church in anything else. No matter which key elements of your wedding mean most, you need to be prepared to stay within your budget. These hard economic times have left us all scouring for ways to save but research has shown weddings are one area where people are still splurging. So, in order to find a balance between the two while creating your perfect day, follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful wedding that you can afford.

1. Engaged? Congrats! Now start saving.

Though an engagement is something to celebrate, don’t go overboard with the celebratory night-outs and announcements to friends. One small engagement party or dinner is enough. Although you want the good times to begin now, you’ll be grateful in the end when your wedding is exactly what you pictured it to be.

2. Figure out who pays for what.

Tradition holds that the Bride’s family pays for the ceremony and reception while the Groom’s family pays for the honeymoon. Now days, couples often find themselves footing the bill. The reasons for this vary, families may be divorced or separated, cannot afford a wedding or the couple may simply want to pay for it themselves. Either way, you’ll need to know where the money for the wedding is coming from so you know exactly what to expect.

3. Divide up the wedding into sections and decide which part is most important

Would you rather have a small intimate and meaningful ceremony or a large reception with good food and all your friends and family? Figuring out what means most to you as a couple is key in making your big day special. From there, it is easier to decide which things you are willing to cut and which things are absolutely necessary in order to match your budget. On a wedding abroad you will have always 30% less on the total number of guests that you’re invited. Try to prepare a list of “potential guests” and be aware that families with kids, old people, friends in troubles with job positions maybe won’t come.

4. Test the Water with your planner.

We’ve decided to make life easier to our couples and try to help them in deciding if a wedding in Italy is for your pockets or not. In general we offer a preliminary email consultation with all information regarding kind of ceremonies, couples that have already done, areas that we cover. Once decided the area, we ask for a MINIMUM & MAXIUM BUDGET and work your ideas. The guests number in Italy IS EXTREMELY IMPORNANT – with 100 guests and 10000 euro of budget you’re obliged to cut on lots of things – you can have a nice party in a villa or a romantic dinner in a charming restaurant – but you’ve to skip from idea of a wedding in a castle, have a vintage car or lots of flowers decoration. We will send you a list of what are for us the big portion of your budget venue, caterers and photographers. Prices can often come as a shock to couples if they don’t know what they’re in for. We love couples aware for what they’re spending money and not couples that are starting panicking when they get emails from vendors about costs. It is important however to understand that you’re GETTING MARRIED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY AND THAT COSTS ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOURS. Please do not scream if a photographer or a make-up artist is more expensive than you expect. Well that’s the exactly the right word MORE EXPENSIVE THAN YOU EXPECT and not in my country they are cheaper.

5. Figure out what you can afford now and at the date of the wedding.

A good starting place is how much money you have saved up now. That may not be a lot, but don’t get discouraged, knowing how much you have when living regularly will give you a good idea as to how much you can save up when you give up that daily latte or going out on the weekdays. If necessary, plan the date of the wedding around a time that you think you will have enough money saved up. Longer engagements give couples more time to save, so be realistic in deciding when the time is right. For planning a wedding in Italy with a wedding planner you do not need for than 7 months and you can find your right venue without any problems.

6. Add up the grand total.

Now is the time to figure out how much you will have total to spend on your big day. First, add up the money that is being given by parents or future in-laws. Make sure to respect the money that is being offered and try to avoid asking for more, your loved ones will help you out in any way they can. Next, figure out what you have now and what you plan to have by the date of your wedding. Add all of it together to give you a total sum of how much you and your fiancé can spend on your big day. Do not forget the SAVE THE DATE – will give you the possibility of understanding realistically how many guests will definitively will attend you your BIG DAY!

7. Realistically plan out your wedding budget.

Taking into account everything that has been mentioned above. Make a list of what you want at your wedding, how much it costs and what you’re willing to spend on it. Weddings are often times broken down into 12 parts.

1. Ceremony (Church, Priest, Candles): 2%-3%

2. Reception (Venue, Caterer): 48%-50%

3. Attire (Wedding Gown, Tux, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen) – think always you’re getting married in Italy and you do not need have very heavy or traditional cloths – go for something light and maybe that you can re-use: 8%-10%

4. Décor and Flowers: 8%-10%

5. Music/Entertainment: 8%-10%

6. Photography/Videography: 10%-12%

7. Stationery: 2%-3%

8. Wedding Rings: 2%-3%

9. Parking and Transportation: 2%-3%

10. Beauty (Hair & Makeup, Pedicures, Manicures, Massages etc.): 4%-5%

11. Wedding planner 2% – 4%

It is also important to budget an emergency fund in case something goes wrong before or on your wedding day. Although this fund may be optional, it is highly recommended to keep approximately 4%-5% of your budget tucked away just in case!

Grazie a tutti!

Rossana Sapori

 

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