Congratulations – you’re engaged! Whether it’s been a lifelong dream or something you were certain you’d never do, a wedding is now in your future. Some couples are surprised to find that before the ‘I do’s are exchanged, they will likely tackle a nightmare of planning, budgeting, and stressing.
Last year, nearly 32,000 couples tied the knot in Arkansas, spending an average of $21,450 on their weddings. The largest portion of this cost was spent on the wedding venue, catering and various rentals such as chairs and linens. Other significant expenses include flowers, décor, and lodging during the event. Choosing a venue that includes all these items with your wedding purchase can reduce the cost and simplify decision making.
With weddings, as with life, a well-crafted budget is an indispensable tool, and a plethora of budgeting resources are available through popular wedding planning sites. How can you insure that you keep your budget in check and still have the memorable, stress-free wedding day that you want? It’s all in the numbers, and not just dollars. The guest list is your #1 budget adjustor – with each invited person commonly adding anywhere from $50 to $200 to your total expense. Consider celebrating your union with an intimate group of close family and friends instead of inviting all your distant relatives and acquaintances. Or perhaps enjoy a private elopement ceremony with the option of a casual reception to celebrate with everyone later. You may find that with fewer guests you can afford a few things you really wanted but didn’t think possible – like gourmet hors d’oeuvres, stunning floral arrangements or a deluxe photography package.
One resource that a strictly financial budget fails to address is your time, which is often even more stretched than your dollar. It has been estimated that brides often spend well over 100 hours planning the big day during a typical engagement. That doesn’t sound so bad when you imagine lazy Sunday afternoons spent creating Pinterest boards, but when it comes down to contacting vendors, signing contracts, and actually putting your dreams into action, the time investment becomes more daunting.
An experienced wedding coordinator can handle the majority of the planning tasks that tie up your limited time, allowing you to devote your free time to what’s most important – the relationship that you’re building. At first thought, the idea of hiring a wedding coordinator may sound extravagant – even counterintuitive for those with a limited budget. However, the knowledge base and business relationships that a wedding professional brings to the table will certainly save you time and stress, and often money as well. Some of the best Arkansas wedding venues include an on-staff wedding coordinator, allowing you access to the help you need at a fraction of the cost of hiring an experienced coordinator on your own.
At Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, we create a special experience for every bride and groom, from the luxurious rooms and delicious breakfasts during your stay, to the seamless coordination of your gorgeous lakeside wedding. You choose from a variety of customizable wedding packages to fit different dreams and budgets. Each includes the most stunning outdoor setting for your ceremony and photos, a caring ordained officiant to conduct the ceremony according to your desires, and coordination assistance from start to finish. Let us make your dreams come true!