Are you stressed JUST thinking about a wedding budget? I totally get it! Planning a wedding shouldn’t be THIS stressful! I’m here to help YOU!
A wedding budget is one of the first things that you will sit down and discuss when planning your wedding. It can also cause the most stress during the planning process.
So today I’m going to break down 3 major things that could affect a wedding budget. Not just affect, but also add to your wedding planning stress. Planning a wedding is stressful but it doesn’t have to be! I will be sharing how to make a few of these things less stressful!
Where you wed
Your wedding location will play the biggest role in the creation of your budget!
Venues that are situated in popular areas will generally charge more than smaller venues outside of main cities. Venues also have different packages and policies that you’ll need to consider. For example, some venues might require you to use their vendors, some of which might not fit in with your budget. A lot of venues also have minimum catering requirements that may go beyond your guest list. It’s important to look at the average costs of areas and venues before you make a final decision on where you want to get married.
Helpful tip: If you want to have more control over your vendors, look for a wedding venue that allows you to bring in your own vendors. It will not only save you money but it will also allow you to choose your preferred vendors!
Time of the year
Wedding seasons make a big difference to costs. Planning to get married on a Saturday in the summer? Chances are you’re going to end up paying a lot more for your wedding. Of course, this all depends on what part of the country you live in. The east coast’s peak wedding season will look different than the peak wedding season on the west coast.
Look at your budget and how it fits in with the venue and location you have in mind and whether you can move your wedding to another season or day of the week to save on costs.
Wedding vendors don’t typically offer lower rates for different times of the year but Wedding venues do! They offer a discount if you choose to get married on a day of the week that is not a Saturday!
The number of guests
This is one area that can very easily get out of control… and for good reason! Of course, you want everyone to be able to celebrate with you! No one blames you! … But, your guests are going to take up a large portion of your budget so it pays to be sensible about who you’re inviting. Depending on your venue, you will be charged per person who attends your wedding. This is how they price your wedding costs, per guest you plan on inviting. Agree on how many guests you want to invite and stick to it. It’s not always easy to do, especially with large families. I totally get it! I planned a wedding and my husband and I both have large families.
If you want to stick to your wedding budget and not be in debt by the time you come back from your honeymoon, carefully plan your finances before you even begin planning your wedding.
Tip: You also need to consider how much you are willing to spend on each vendor. Some brides have vendors they love and knew the second they were engaged they wanted to book that photographer, wedding planner, or certain venue! Include your favorite vendors in your budget and adjust other aspects of your budget to have your favorite vendors be part of your wedding day!
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