Wedding Budget : How to create and Prioritize Yours

One of the things I’m always telling my clients is that you have to do your research, stay organized, and set your budget before you begin purchasing things and signing contracts.

It is very important to set your budget early on, whether big or small. Setting the budget will help with self-control and unnecessary overspending. But where do you start?

Here are a few things to consider while setting your budget.

  • Who’s paying?
  • Size of your guest list?
  • Date/Time?
  • Wedding style?
  • How much + what do you need?
  • What’s your income? Are you able to sign up for overtime if needed?
  • Wedding location/setting?

Do the Research

As a couple, sit down and do some research on how much weddings cost near you. Take a look through venues, photographers and any vendor website that you’re interested in hiring. Feel free to contact a few of them to find out what the average cost is. Keep in mind that you’re not really booking anyone just yet, you’re just getting a feel for pricing.

Set your budget amount

Doing the research before setting your budget is a great way to set a realistic and attainable budget. Researching the vendors in your area will allow you to make some changes and figure out what you can and cannot afford. It is best to leave a little wiggle room and  set your budget on the lower end and increase as needed. 

What's Important?

Venue, Photographers, Flowers, Cake, Dress, etc.. Make two seperate lists of what is most important to you regarding the wedding. Both you and your partner will then compare your lists and come up with your absolute must haves for the day. This is a great way to see and understand the aspects that are important in the wedding. 

Where can you Save a Little Bit of Money?

Remember that list? This is another way that writing everything down will help. You can start by scaling down on things that you don’t really need, and start either by cutting it completely out of the wedding, or maybe consider a DIY project.

Write it All Down

You didn’t think this was going to involve this much writing…amirite? Writing things down will help keep you accountable, and less likely to purchase things or hire vendors that are not on your “must have” list.

Stay Organized

Very important to stay organized. The best way to stay organized is to keep your folder/binder in your car and keep a list going on your phone. You can create your own wedding planning binder or purchase the Savvy Bride Wedding Planner and Binder created by Von Marie Co.

It's ok to ask for help!

Always remember that it is ok to ask for help, and not just with the wedding planning. If you’ve got a case of the Wedding Blues and you can’t talk to your future husband/wife about it, then don’t be afraid to reach out to your bridal party (or family members) for support.

Most Importantly...

Don’t forget to have fun! Planning a wedding can be stressful, but with the proper tools and support system, it doesn’t have to be!

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Happy Planning! xx

  Von Marie

Wife and mother of two young children, Von Marie Moniz is the Wedding Planner and Owner of Von Marie Co. Clients love her bubbly personality and attention to detail. Planning is what she does, relaxing and enjoying yourself is what you will be doing when you hire Von Marie for your next event.