Congratulations! You've found the love of your life, and now it's time to plan the celebration of a lifetime – your wedding! While the excitement is palpable, the thought of budgeting might seem daunting. Fear not! We're here to guide you through the process step by step.
Setting the Stage: Before diving into the specifics, let's establish an overall budget. The average cost of a wedding can vary, but a good starting point is to determine what you're comfortable spending. Whether it's $10,000 or $100,000, knowing your limit helps set the stage for a budget that suits your style.
Having "The Talk": No, not about the birds and the bees; the talk about money(although, it can be equally awkward in it's own right). If it has not been clearly established who will be contributing to the wedding and how much, it's important to have those conversations in order to create realistic expectations from all parties involved. The bride's parents paying for the whole wedding is rarely how things go anymore. Often times parents or loved ones will gift a certain amount, or contribute towards specific vendors, but make sure to have an open and honest conversation everything before booking anyone. Some people feel that if they're paying, they have the right to a say in who you book. If that's not something you're ok with, it's better to set those boundaries early on or graciously decline their financial assistance.
The Breakdown: Now, let's break down the budget into bite-sized pieces. We've created a handy detailed spreadsheet that you can fill out found here. Below is a practical guide to help you allocate your funds: