(photo by Marie Labbancz)

Before you jump into all of the “fun” of planning a wedding, do yourself a favor and take some time to sit down and do the grunt work. Determine how much you can spend, write out your personalized budget and list the things that are essential to making your wedding day what you’ve always dreamed of.

Whether it’s amazing centerpieces brimming with your favorite flower, live music, or a world-class photographer, determine how much you have to spend, what you want to spend it on, and what your “extras” are. “Extras” are all of those little things that you would love to have (if you can) but can live without. You’ll save yourself a lot of time, money and even more stress, by knowing what you want before vendors start telling you what you need!