You’re planning your wedding, the day you’ve dreamed about for as long as you can remember. As you’re starting to plan the details, reality hits. How on earth will you pay for it? Remember, the ultimate goal of your wedding plan centers on hosting a well-orchestrated event that is memorable to you and your families, and enjoyable for your guests. Careful planning, attention to detail and disciplined prioritizing can help you to achieve this goal — even on a tight budget. Here are eight tips to help maximize your wedding budget.
1. Set a budget
Before shopping wedding sites and services, determine the amount you can afford to spend. Speak honestly with those who will contribute to covering the costs, such as bride and groom or parents. Determine together who will pay for what and decide on an amount that all agree not to exceed. Divide this amount equally into the categories of expense.
- Ceremony: facility, dress, flowers, etc.
- Reception: food, flowers, linens, etc.
- Services: director, photographer, etc.
A wedding spreadsheet is great way to list projected expense and itemize costs. As you make purchases, write down every expenditure to keep an accurate accounting of costs.