Nothing puts a damper on party planning faster than someone asking, "How much money do we have to spend?" What?? Someone wants to ask about budgets when you're trying to have a good time? Seriously? I hate to be that person...but if I don't ask it now, you'll curse me later when your party resources come up short.
So let's take a minute to consider your wedding budget. This is a conversation you should have with your partner before you do any actual planning. But even if you're well on your way, having the money conversation could avoid future problems.
The Knot reports that the average wedding costs about $35k these days. But that doesn't mean you won't have a perfect gem of a wedding if you've only got $10k to spend. What it means is that you have to decide on what your priorities are and where you want to invest. Is your wedding day look important? No problem, you can reconsider the ceremony string quartet. Are pricey peonies a must have? That's not a problem, go with a smaller, simpler cake.
Budgeting doesn't mean you have to lose out on the wedding elements you love. It may mean that you have to make some compromises. Even with a $30k budget, you'll find you won't be able to make all your fantasy wedding ideas come true. But if you keep an open mind, you'll have a day that reflects the two of you and that your guests will enjoy. I know I say this often, but it's a party. As long as everyone is having a great time, consider it mission: accomplished.
So how do you set a budget for one of the biggest parties of your life? There is no need to start from scratch. That's good news for those who have a math phobia, like me. Sites like WeddingWire, The Knot, and others have budget calculators that allow you to put in your budget and - voila! - it suggests where you should put your dollars. How your budget is allocated varies from site to site, they all allow you to play with the numbers to focus on the things that are important to you.
It bears repeating that this is a celebration of you and your spouse. The best part your wedding won’t be the expensive favors…it’ll be the touching toast your bridesmaid gives and your ring bearer tearing up the dance floor. Those moments are totally free…and totally priceless!
So grab your fiancee, a bottle of wine, and sit down to work out your wedding budget. It'll be easier than you think.