Wedding budget

From flowers to the festive table, planning of a wedding ceremony is a bargain for businesses, but a strain on the resources of many couples. However, a wedding shouldn’t make people want to rob a bank. While an average wedding ceremony stands at some $25,000, couples can save a big deal of money by planning it on their own if they make a few easy steps.

Develop a general vision. First decide what your wedding should look like. You may fail to implement all of your ideas, but no matter how much you plan to spend, you should work out a general idea of your wedding.

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  • Where should the wedding events take place? Will it be an indoor or an outdoor ceremony? Will it involve a church or another public place?
  • Do you want it to be a huge event featuring all your acquaintances or an intimate party for your nearest and dearest?
  • Which season: spring? Summer? Autumn? Winter?
  • What style? Modern or retro? Traditional or extraordinary? Peasant or urban?
  • Will there be a specific theme?

Outline certain priorities. Though some ideas may not be brought to life, a few colorful and unique details may make your wedding as unforgettable as a grandiose professionally organized ceremony.

  • Decide which aspects of your wedding design you could prepare on your own. In case it is not too time-consuming, you can probably cope with some things all by yourself.
  • Choose a few key details the design of your wedding will be based on and focus on perfecting these details.

Plan how much you should spend on each aspect. Wedding organizers propose the following formula to distribute your expenses and avoid losing control over any crucial element.

  • 48-50% on the reception itself. It is easy to get stuck in the preparation of the wedding ceremony, but the reception is not just very important, but also expensive!
  • 8-10% on the flowers.
  • 8-10% on the outfits.
  • 8-10% on the entertainment and/or music.
  • 10-12% on the professional photos and videos.
  • 2-3% on the invitations.
  • 2-3% on the gifts for your guests.
  • 8% on other items and, probably, the master of your ceremony.
  • Be sure to plan an extra 5-10% for unforeseen expenses, for instance, printing additional invitations in case of mistakes, additional costume-related needs, umbrellas for a rainy day or ribbons for the wedding programs.

Decide on the general budget.
 Think of everything you need but be a realist about what you can afford. On the one hand, this is going to happen once in your life, on the other hand, one beautiful night is not worth going broke. Decide on the general spending ceiling and do your best to stick to it.

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Outline the budget for every spending item. Make budget tables and allocate money for every part of the wedding. Monitor your expenses and put them down in the tables.

Remember that if you manage to save on some items, you can use this money for other purposes, which will give you a free hand concerning other aspects of the event (or just make it all cheaper). Make sure your table compares your real expenses with the expected ones. Thus you will be able to see weather you are still within the framework of your budget or have gone beyond it.

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