on your recent engagement!
You've got the ring, you've found your mate, now it's time to pick a date!
wait a minute- how are you going to pay for the wedding? You and your
partner will now need to figure out the most important element of your
wedding: the wedding budget. You do not want to start
out your future in a pile of debt, so think smart and spend your dollars
How much do you actually
need? When financing a wedding, you should figure out how much you need
in order to get what you want. Set your expectations accordingly. Here
is a basic breakdown of what you can expect to pay:
*If you're paying for your
honeymoon yourselves, remember to budget for that as well.
After you go through the
process of budgeting for your wedding, you and your partner will be much
better at communication, negotiation, and empathy for the other persons
wants and needs.
Just like real life, you may be receiving
money from your parents. Perhaps the groom's parents will pay for your
rehearsal dinner? However, more and more couples are fully responsible
for paying for their entire wedding. If you do go over your budget, make
sure you charge it onto a low-interest credit card and pay the minimum
amount (at least) on time.
average cost of a 150-person wedding is $25,000.
August is the top month for having weddings.
up with your assigned future bride or groom.
- Your grade in my class will determine
the amount of spending money you have for your wedding. (This is why
you want to do well in my class!)
F (69 and below)
- Combine your total dollars available to spend.
- Turn and ask your partner, "how do you
envision your wedding to be?"
For example, have you always envisioned yourself getting married at
a destination wedding (Jamaica, Mexico)? Or do you wish for a traditional
church ceremony? Is music most important to you (if so, band or D.J.?)
Share your ideas with one another and come to an agreement. (remember,
you can also choose to set aside a portion of your money for a down
payment on your first home.)
- List and prioritize those goals in Word. Save
it in your personal file folder under "Project" folder. Save
it as "weddinggoals.doc".
- Open the online Budget Calculator here.
- Print out the itemized budget for you and your
- Delegate each area for each person to cover
so that each of you will feel responsible and have ownership of your
- Next, do your research. Check out the Resources
tab and click on the websites listed for the best deals on the net.
- Research, research, research!
- Continuously talk with your bride or groom their
opinion on the chosen item. Make sure you are staying within your budget
and each person is satisfied with each choice.
- Start to gather pictures from the Internet and
save in your "Images" folder. Name each image properly. (no
- Create a PowerPoint presentation of your dream
wedding. Be creative!
- Present a 5-7 minute speech with your partner
on your wedding.
on accomplishing a huge task that will certainly prepare you for the future.
This activity can help make planning for prom during your senior year
seem like a breeze! Hopefully it will also make you realize the details
that go into a wedding.
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Thursday, June 15, 2006 3:40 PM
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