Step Four in Planning the Perfect Stress Free Wedding!

Author: Victoria Lewis


Now that you have gathered all of your options regarding the pricing and package information; you will need to look at all of the possible combinations.

Create a list that fits in your budget by starting with the items higher on your priority list. Place the top 2-3 priorities on your combination sheet first. Then add those options that you are willing to compromise on, or that are less important to you and your fiancé.

After you have placed the categories that are most important to you on your list, you should then add the options with mid- range pricing. Then, those categories you really don’t care as much about you can select from the bottom of the price range.

The following is an example of how you could use the steps above to create your first draft of a pricing option sheet for your selections.

Total Budget $20,000.00

The following are listed in order of our sample bride’s priorities:

1. Venue Option A: $7,000

2. Dress and Accessories Option A: $2,500

3. Décor Option A: 1,200

4. Flower Option B: $800

5. Photography Option C: $ 3,000

6. Baker Option E: $650

7. Invitation Option F: $300

Total- $15,450.00

If you ended up coming under budget as our sample bride did; you can upgrade some options that you feel would be important to enhance your over-all wedding.

The following is an example of how you could make your upgrade selections:

  • Upgrading Photography option to B from C which would be a difference from $3,000 to $4,500

  • Upgrade Bakery option from E to C adds $500

  • Upgrade Invitation option from F to D adds $350

Using the examples above, you still would have a little money leftover in your budget. You could choose to continue to upgrade or hold on to the extra money that is not allocated to anything in the budget. If you choose to save it, you will have a cushion for the ability to upgrade your options later. Of course, we suggest you hold on to it for those “just in-case” moments that tend to arise in wedding planning.

If on the other hand, you went over budget, start looking at changing and downgrading some of the items you had on the lower end of your priority list to less expensive options. If after this you are still unable to get into budget, you have a few options.

1. Downgrade some of your top priorities

2. Look for alternative financial resources to meet your budget

3. Go back to step 3 and see if you need to do additional research to find options that will fit your budget.


If you have taken these steps the way we have outlined them, (although I know it has been difficult to have the self-control to follow them, especially if you have outside pressures), I want to take a moment and congratulate you. Trust me, you will see that restraining yourself from jumping head first into booking services just because you were anxious will definitely pay off. From this point on you will feel like you are much more informed and in control of your planning as well as your spending.

Once you have this firm budget and your final choices in place for each category and you are happy with all of your combined options, you can now start to book your chosen services*.

YEAH!!! Now the excitement should take over!

*Remember, when you are booking a service, it is common that you are only booking the service and your date. You normally can make adjustments in the exact choices later.

Happy Planning!


Victoria has been a Wedding/Event Planner, Décor Specialist and Floral Designer for over 25 years! Victoria strives to create a superior experience for each client, offering an incomparable range of services and outstanding products that are flawless in craftsmanship with the utmost attention to detail. She has successfully planned over 2,000 events and has been honored with several Industry Awards. Her enthusiastic personality and listening skills, combined with a genuine commitment to making every event flawless, has made her one of Central California’s most sought after Event Coordinators/Wedding Planners.