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Um…Budget? October 15, 2008

Filed under: budget — jamiemae @ 6:48 pm
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After a bride has told everyone she’s engaged and beings planning her wedding, often one of the first things she does is realize she has no idea how to budget her wedding. This used to be a small worry in a bride’s mind because her parents were the ones setting the budget. These days it is more common to find that the bride and groom are responsible for funding their big day. So how, exactly, does one set a budget for such a grand event? First, don’t panic. Second, read this post. Then, get a wedding planner to help you stay in your budget.

 

Start with the knowledge of percentages spent on the average American wedding. 

 

  • Ceremony (location, officiant, marriage license, ring pillow, unity candle)…………………………………..3%
  • Reception (location, catering, rentals, cake, favors)………………………………………………………………48%
  • Attire for the bride and groom…………………………………………………………………………………………10%
  • Rings for bride and groom……………………………………………………………………………………………….3%
  • Flowers (decorations, bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, basket for flower girl)………………………….8%
  • Music (musicians, DJ)……………………………………………………………………………………………………….8%
  • Photography/Videography………………………………………………………………………………………………12%
  • Transportation (shuttle, parking attendants, limousine)…………………………………………………………..2%
  • Stationery (invitations, announcements, response cards, save-the-date, stamps, thank you’s etc)…..3%
  • Gifts (future spouse, attendants, parents)……………………………………………………………………………3%
Now, choose what’s most important to you. For instance, if you love photography and wouldn’t settle for less than perfect to capture your day, than you might raise the photography percentage to  15% and lower attire to 9% and Reception to 46%. Adjust the budget to fit your needs and desires. Don’t forget to consider what’s important to your fiance!
If you have a rather large budget, think before you just start booking the most expensive caterer and buying the most fabulous favors. Remember: this is a large budget, not an infinite one. If you have a particularly low budget, don’t fret. You can still have a lovely wedding with the help of professionals. Like I said in yesterday’s post, you may be able to get a fraction of your vendors services for less than their full package. For instance, a photographer might show up for a limited number of hours on your wedding day, instead of capturing showers and brunches and including albums and everything else you can think of. You can choose to hire a wedding day coordinator instead of a full wedding planner.
I will leave you with a piece of advice that my dad told me before I got married: As long as you are married by the end of the day, it was a successful wedding. So, when you’re worrying about whether you forgot to put someone in your seating chart or if the flowers will last through the heat, calm down and imagine what your life will be like when you’ve pledged your life to the one you love.
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