If you are planning a wedding, nothing can be more stressful than figuring out how much you want to spend on your big day! While engagements can be a joyful time, putting pen to paper and working up a budget can make and bride/groom/family want to pull their hair out of their head!
It is important to consider what is important on your big day – and even more important, make sure you share this information with your planner! You may wonder why they need to know, but if your planner knows your budget, they can make magic happen and more times than not, make your BIG day happen within your budget no matter how big or small it might be.
What are the big budget items? Usually 3 things to consider – 1) Photography 2) Catering/Facility 3) Floral.
- Photography – this can be a large portion of your budget, but the good news is that you get to keep this portion of your BIG day. Remember your grandchildren will look back at these photos one day, so this is an important investment!
- Catering/Facility – it can be difficult to determine how much is reasonable, but do your homework and do some comparison shopping among facilities and caterers. It will give you an idea of what to expect. Just make sure you are comparing apples to apples (seated serve dinner vs. buffet style vs. pasta stations – all excellent choices, but all will be priced differently)
- Floral – flowers can be costly depending on the type of flower and the season you are getting married in (for example Tulips after Easter have to come from Holland which can add to their cost). Work with your planner or research online which flowers come in your colors and are in season to get the most bang for your buck
Lastly, a big tip (and it’s free, you don’t even have to budget for this advice!) – agree on your budget. Make sure whoever is involved in the planning/paying process agrees on the budget whether it is your groom, parents, groom’s parents, etc. – everyone needs to know the parameters.
Best of Luck and Happy Planning!