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PLANNING: Wedding Budgets 101

Updated: 4 days ago

our Guide for Planning the Best Use of Your Money on Your Wedding Day.

There are many different ways to plan your budget, so this guide will give you all of the basics and advice on making your money worth every penny.

Everyone wants their wedding to go off without a hitch - knowing what's important to you and where your money is going to be sure each detail is cared for is vitally important for the best outcome on your big day. After witnessing nearly 200 weddings and hearing the joys and complaints from Brides, Grooms and their families and friends, these pieces of advice are bound to help you plan for the best and avoid the mistakes that could otherwise give you headaches on your wedding day.

Where does the money usually flow to and where should it go? Let's break it down!

A Breakdown of The Basics

Ceremony - Venue space, officiant, chair rentals, non-flower décor, guest gifts (ie fan), recessional send off (bubbles, petals, etc) Reception Venue Food - Cocktail hour, reception dinner, food truck Flowers & Décor - Archway flowers, linens, guest book, bouquets, aisle décor, head table décor, centerpieces, cake table décor, lighting.

Entertainment - DJ, Live Musicians, Entertainers like dancers or dance instructors, tarot card readers, poker table rentals, etc. Cake/Desserts Photography Videography Alcohol Attire - Bridal gown, grooms suit, groomsmen ties, boutonnieres, corsages, hair and makeup, cufflinks Rehearsal Dinner - Venue, invitations, food and décor Stationary & Gifts - Schedule/Programs, Save the Date, Wedding Invitations, Guest Favors, Bridal Party Gifts Miscellaneous - Wedding website, room rental, transportation, unexpected expenses, reception send-off (ie sparklers, horse & carriage ride, etc)

Part 1: What's the Most Important To You?

Part 2: Budget Suggestions Part 3: All-Inclusive Venue or Separate Vendors?

Part 4: The Budget Breakdown Part 5: Examples


Part 1: What's The Most Important To You? Everyone values things differently - now is the time to figure out what's the most important to you and your love, be it the food, photography, or maybe the venue of your dreams.