“Thou shall not exceed thy budget.”
You’ve heard this before, but it’s true: “mo’ money, mo’ problems,” one of the first steps in the wedding planning process is creating a budget. There are many factors that go into a budget: who’s paying for the wedding? what are your must-haves? where is there wiggle-room? are you willing to compromise on something? It is important to be realistic when creating your budget and to have an open line of communication with your partner and wedding planner in order to stay on track.
Above is a fantastic breakdown of real-wedding costs. Note that a lot of these categories and their respective budgets can be altered depending on what your preferences are, but it’s a great place to start! Another added benefit of hiring a wedding planner, besides relieving yourself of unneeded stress and worry throughout the process and on your wedding, a planner generally has numerous connections! This means they have worked with various vendors- i.e. photographers, caterers, venues, etc., and have a first-hand account of which will work within your budget and fit your personal style. Additionally, they can help you receive a discounted rate, which in the end offsets the cost of hiring a planner in the first place!
Up next week: “Thou Shall Communicate with Thy Planner.”