Before you go dress shopping, suit shopping or choose your wedding party, deciding on a wedding budget should be first on your list.
We know, it’s not the most exciting task ever, but weddings are a big investment! The clearer you are on your budget from the start, the easier it will be to make decisions throughout the planning process.
The Arizona Republic recently published an article on some of the cost factors associated with weddings. So after reading that article, you are probably thinking, “Where do I even begin?”.
Here are a few things to think about when breaking down your budget:
Decide what parts of the wedding to include.
The average wedding cost listed in the article included the engagement ring but not the honeymoon. You may think about your budget differently. Costs for the ceremony and reception are standard. However, there are many other items you can consider as part of the budget. Any pre-wedding items (engagement party, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner) or post wedding items (guest brunch the morning after, the honeymoon) can either be included or left out.
Figure out your wedding priorities.
Maybe you are dreaming of a designer dress or suit. Maybe you are both foodies who require kick-ass catering. Talk about your “must haves” and “can live withouts” with your partner! Make a list with your priorities and then compare lists to figure out where you can spend or save.
Consider all of the details.
Some budget items will be quite obvious, such as a venue or food. However, with many items there are details to consider. Does the venue charge a separate fee for the ceremony and reception? Does the caterer include table settings or would you rather rent those elsewhere? All of the details add up, so don’t forget about them!
Consult a professional.
Wedding planners can help you create a budget based on your priorities while ensuring that you don’t overlook any of the critical details. If you are going it alone, do your research. Use the internet or reach out to local vendors to find out what costs average in your area for all the items you are considering.
Making a budget is an important step in helping you to set guidelines for your wedding vision.
So grab your partner (and maybe a strong cocktail) and get to budgeting!
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