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.