How to Create a Wedding Budget

Creating a wedding budget

Everybody knows that creating a wedding budget is one of the most important and often tricky aspects of planning a wedding. Once you’re engaged it’s the first thing you and your partner should sit down and have a good conversation about. After all, every other decision that you make for your wedding will be influenced by your budget. A wedding budget will keep you and your partner focused and will stop you from overspending or purchasing any unnecessary items.

First things first….
Ask yourselves about what you really want and need. Make a list of all the things that are important to both of you, that if you did not have them it just wouldn’t be a wedding! Begin to get a rough idea of how much things will cost, this includes your vendors, dress, suits, flowers, venue, cake etc. But don’t forget those extra hidden costs such as dress alterations, corkage fees, vendor overtime, cleaning and breakdown etc

Then….
Ask yourselves who will be paying for the wedding? Will it solely be you and your partner, your parents, or a bit of both? It’s always best to get this clear at the onset, so if your parents are paying for all or some aspects they are aware of how much they will be spending. If everything on your list of what you want and need can be covered by your wedding budget then great!! However, if it does not then you may want to go back and edit the list, or if you’re parents are paying then possibly think about paying the difference yourselves.

Once you’ve come to an agreement on what your wedding budget is going to be, there’s only one thing left to do….stick to it!! It’s much easier to say yes than no, but because you made the wise decision to create a budget, research potential costs and allocate specific amounts to each expense, you’re already winning!! Good luck!

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