And we’ve taken the guess work out of it for you.
When it comes to planning a wedding, your budget is likely one of the first things you will sit down and discuss; and unfortunately, it may also cause some of the most stress during your wedding planning process.
But no worries! Addressing these three things will help make your wedding planning experience a little more manageable, and dare I say, enjoyable too?!
Below are the 3 things that could affect your wedding budget.
Your wedding location will likely play a leading role in the creation of your budget. Venues that are situated in popular, more urban areas may charge more than smaller venues outside of the main cities. Venues may also have different packages and policies that you’ll need to consider.
For example, some venues might require you to use their preferred vendors, some of which might not fit in with your wedding budget. Many venues also have a minimum catering requirement that may go beyond your guest list. So, it’s important to look at the average costs of venues and weddings in your area before you make a final decision on where you would like to get married.
The Time of Year
Wedding seasons can largely affect your wedding costs, as well.
Planning or hoping to get married on a Saturday in the summer? Chances are you’re going to end up paying a lot more for your wedding during that time-frame. Review your budget, see how your budget fits in with the venue and location you have in mind, and then see whether you can move your wedding to another season or day of the week to save on costs.
Additionally, vendors may also be able to offer you discounts or different packages for off-peak days and seasons.
The Number of Guests
This is one area of your wedding that can very easily get out of hand – and your guests are going to take up a large portion of your budget; so, it pays to be sensible about who you’re inviting.
Most venues will charge you for everything from food and drinks to the chair your guest will be sitting on; so, you may want to think twice about inviting your great aunt whom you haven’t seen in 2 years.
Your best bet is to agree on how many guests you want to invite and make sure you stick to that exact number.
If you plan to stick to your wedding budget, and intend to stay out of debt by the time you come back from your honeymoon, carefully plan your finances before you even begin planning your wedding.
Pro-tip: Working with a wedding planner would be an added bonus as they can help you find better prices and keep you on track financially. If you cannot afford a wedding planner, you may want to consider a day-of-coordinator, or at the very least, purchasing a wedding planning guide to help keep you organized and on track.