Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue.
Question: My fiancé and I finally agreed upon a budget for the wedding. It’s a combination of money we’ve saved, plus funds from our respective parents. We are incredibly fortunate to have a lot of support from our families and to have been able to save enough on our end for our dream celebration. Soon, we’ll begin meeting with vendors and I’m feeling a little weird about discussing money with strangers. I’ve always been taught that it’s tacky to talk about finances. Should I bring up my budget to wedding vendors?
Answer: This is an excellent question and one that comes up a lot with the wedding vendors we often meet with and interview for New Orleans Bride Magazine and this blog. While it’s of course considered poor form to discuss money socially or with work colleagues for example, especially in the cases of bragging or prying, it’s necessary, helpful and expected when planning a wedding. Vendors implore couple’s to share the budget, because that helps them help you. Being up front with the funds you have to work with saves you and your vendors both time and money. For example, if your budget is below the minimum of your caterer, they can tell you right away and recommend someone in town who works within that price range. It also helps them offer money saving solutions and compromises when they are able to work with you and, or assist you in ways to get the most for your money. No matter how much or how little you have to spend, share the budget with your vendors with confidence. It’s not tacky in the least; rather, it’s good wedding sense!
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