Wedding Planning Priorities

First Things First: Cheap Wedding Planning Priorities

Before you do anything else, you and your fiancé must decide on what your cheap wedding planning priorities will be. This is Y’ALL’S day to celebrate your love and your future, so it’s only natural that your wedding should be planned around your personal style and what is most important to the both of you. 

Is it a 5 star menu or a certain reception site? Maybe the season or even the music? Flowers and photography? 

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The list below will help you figure it out. Copy it down and print it out. Grab a pen, and grab your fiancé. Grab a bottle of wine while you’re at it. (Hey this still needs to be FUN!)

This list, once it’s in prioritized order, will have laid the groundwork for every single decision you will have to make about your wedding. This list will determine how your budget is structured and will shape your entire wedding. If you concentrate and put emphasis on your top priorities, the rest of your wedding planning will fall into place.

This is what I call a Sane and Sweet Step in the Cheap Wedding Planning Process. It will keep you both Sane – (NO! DON’T JUMP!) – and you Sweet!

The Plunge


(Don’t forget to let your fiancé pick one or two. OK – Just one)

Number of Guests


Ceremony Site

Reception Site


Time of Day

Formal, Semi-formal, Informal



The Dress


Beverages: Full Bar versus partial or none



Food/Catering: Lunch, Brunch, Cocktails, Hors d’Å“uvres, Dinner, Desserts

Other Priorities 

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Once this list is prioritized, highlight your top 5. Next, as if you hadn’t done so already, burn your Wedding Planning Priorities list into your memory. You will now refer to your Wedding Budget Guideline and figure out how much money will be allowed for each priority. So far all of this probably seems very daunting, so take a deep breath and smile, remembering all of this hard work is so that you can spend the rest of your life with the man of your dreams!