Budgeting the Wedding
Your wedding day is one that you remember for years to come and if you are not careful, you will be paying for it for years to come. Budgeting your wedding day is amongst the top 3 concerns for a couple getting married. Here are some helpful tips to help you stay on budget and still have the time of your life!
Know What's Important To You
By prioritizing your wedding day needs, you will be able to see where you can cut back in other areas. For example here is one of my brides priority list.
1) Food taste and quality.
2) A show stopping dress.
3) Live Band
4) Romantic centerpiece
5) Outdoor ceremony
Based on this list I know I should invest in the best catering option I can find for the bride but I can take a creative approach for the centerpieces that doesn't break the bank as it is not a high priority. Don't be mistaken, cutting cost doesn't mean settling for less. You just need to get creative.
There are many ways you can keep track of your budget as you plan your wedding. Some are old school with an excellent file and others prefer apps. Choose what is best for you and stick with it! I see so many couples start off strong in keeping track of their budget but as the date gets closer, they have no idea where they are in terms of spending. As a wedding planner, I always offer budgeting consultations and tracking as part of my packages. It's not everyone strong suite, so I am here to help!
Weather you have 15 guest or 400 guest, managing your guest count will play a big factor into your overall cost. Many choose to have an intimate family only wedding as it does save on the cost. Others really value having everyone they have ever met be present on this special day. The average cost per person to attend a wedding is $100-$250 all in. This is a good place to start when creating your budget.
If you are looking into planning your wedding and need help budgeting, contact Irene + Co Events today!