Ask the Planner: Any Tips for the Couple Planning on a Budget?

Ask the Planner: A new feature from the Northwest Wedding Guide

Ask the Planner is where you, the wedding couple, can ask questions of professional wedding planners and other professionals. To ask your question, submit the question form and watch this space for the answers from our team of wedding professionals.


Brittnie Wilkinson is the owner and lead planner for Wilkinson Weddings. She has been focusing on event and wedding planning in the greater Pacific Northwest since 2011. Clients describe Brittnie as a calm and creative professional with a keen eye for details.

When Brittnie is not busy planning events, she can be found adventuring with her family, attending an industry networking event, or walking on the beaches of Gig Harbor with her two dogs Sully (golden retriever) and Molly Moon (pug).


Any tips for the couple planning on a budget?

Our number one tip for couples planning on a budget would be to gather all of your vendors proposals and line item your budget first. We see couples sign on contracts too early, not realizing how much everything else is going to cost. If you start with all of your information up front before commitments are made, you can have a more realistic view for moving forward.
(Image by Ashley Page Photography)

Troubleshooting the rain plan in PNW, any tips in creating a back up plan?

We have learned that living in the PNW means unpredictable weather no matter what time of year. When you are visiting venues, make sure to ask what the venue’s back up plan would be in the case of rain. If you do not like the backup option, this may be a deal breaker for that venue. If you are looking at venues with no rain plan, factor in the possible cost of a tent into your overall budget. If your wedding is in the Summer, you may want to put a deposit on the tent to secure it for your date. We have seen couples scramble at the last moment for a tent, only to find all vendors are booked for their date. (Images below by Jeff Spencer Photography)

Any tips on choosing your wedding vendors?

When selecting your wedding vendors, take the time to read reviews, research and interview them prior to securing contracts. Our local event industry is full of a diverse group of professionals with their own unique style and services. Social media, websites, even local Facebook event groups can help you decide which partners best fit your overall style and budget. (Images below by Cassie Trottier Photo [left & center] and Taras Ilchuk Photography [right]).

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