For most people, budgeting can range from a mild annoyance to a dreaded chore. Budgeting for the most important day of your life might be enough to cause you to go into a full-on meltdown.

Fear not! Cornerstone Weddings has you covered. Our Wedding Budget Calculator is an excellent resource to start planning your wedding in the scenic Rocky Mountains in Canmore. Try it today, you’ll love it. You can also talk with one of our expert wedding coordinators about how to make your wedding day a truly unforgettable experience … that fits your budget!

In the meantime, here are a few questions to guide you and your partner when budgeting for your big day.

How Much Can You Spend?

Before falling in love with the most expensive options available for your wedding, it’s wise to sit down and crunch the numbers on what you can afford. Start early. Take your future spouse out for coffee and determine how much you can invest in your wedding, where the funds are coming from and what is the absolute maximum amount you are willing to spend.

Many experts recommend earmarking an additional five percent of your overall budget for unexpected expenses, as well as avoiding using credit whenever possible. While it may be an awkward conversation, we also recommend talking with your parents and other family members early to establish their contributions and level of involvement.

What Kind of Wedding Do You Want?

Once you have your budget set, the real fun can officially begin! Would you and your partner like an intimate ceremony with a scenic backdrop? A lavish affair with all your friends and relatives? Try not to get overwhelmed by details and focus first on the look, feel and style along with the memories you want to create for yourselves and your guests.

Would you like an outdoor ceremony with breathtaking scenery like the Canmore Nordic Centre? How about natural elegance for an indoor reception such as the Cornerstone Theatre? We suggest you focus on your venue first and go from there. We have together this quick guide for you Wedding Budget Calculator. On our end, at Cornerstone Weddings we have options for every type of ceremony and reception as well as access to local wedding suppliers to help you take care of every last detail.

How Can You Stay on Track?

It can be all too easy to lose track of expenses in the hustle and bustle of planning even the smallest wedding. Whether you use a spreadsheet, a budgeting app or old-fashioned pen-and-paper, get into the habit of recording every expense.

Be diligent! Untracked expenses can snowball quickly and have a dramatic effect on your overall budget. Continually monitor where you’re spending your money, and be prepared to adjust your budget to accommodate any unexpected costs.

What is Most Important to You?

It’s easy to lose track of your priorities amidst the excitement and the stress of planning. Take the time to figure out what you want to remember most about your wedding. Maybe it is the beautiful atmosphere of the ceremony and reception, the all-night party on the dance floor or the immaculate meal prepared by world-class chefs. Use these soon-to-be cherished memories as your guide when making your budget.

We hope these tips helped you out and that you find our Wedding Budget Calculator  a valuable tool to help you maximize your budget! Try the calculator and send us an email to have it reviewed by one of our expert Cornerstone Weddings Coordinators.

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