Having a wedding is one of the most variable costs you'll probably ever encounter in your lifetime. Everything has a range and everything has an affordable versus an over the top option. The wedding and event industry has become exponentially more expensive as the years have gone on due to a variety of reasons, but here are some things we recommend considering when thinking about and planning your wedding budget!
Talk to all parties to see who (and how much) everyone will be contributing. If you are fortunate enough to have financial help with your wedding, be sure to have those clear conversations about what exactly "help" entails! No one wants to step on toes during the wedding planning process, so the earlier you have an understanding of this, the better :)
Make sure to know if any contributing party has strong opinions about any vendors hired. As a follow up note, if this financial help is coming from parents or close family, it might be worth also discussing if they have any strong opinions regarding aspects of the wedding. Yes! This is YOUR day! But it could be wise to know others' opinions while considering options if that's the make or break decision factor!
Use our TWE Budget Calculator to allocate and estimate how much to spend in each category. Just plug in your estimated budget and see how the numbers play out! This tool is purely an estimate and based on the current market of various vendors. There will be variance in every category though and that's important to remember when signing contracts and hiring a vendor team.
If you over spend in a category, be sure to look at other categories to see where you can scale back. Let's say you have your heart set on a photographer who is far outside of the budget the TWE Budget Calculator is producing. This is your sign to start considering areas to cut back if you are locked in on hiring that dream photographer! Ask your planner on ways to cut costs in other areas to make everything work together seamlessly, but always be prepared to give and take throughout the wedding planning process!
Once you've decided on something, stop looking! There will always be something more luxurious, more grand, more detailed if you keep looking so enjoy what you've chosen and move on to the next item. There are countless (and we mean countless!!) options when it comes to almost all things wedding related. Once you've decided on a vendor, a dress, a color palette, a flower, whatever it may be - STOP LOOKING! Get off Pinterest, get off Instagram, wedding Tiktok, because sometimes, less options is more and we want you to remain confident and settled with your decisions and know they are the right ones for YOU :)
Ready for more tips from TWE? Contact us today to see how we can fit into your wedding budget!
Photography: Ryan Greenleaf Photography
Planning, Design, Production & Officiant: Tan Weddings & Events
Venue & Catering: Park Winters
HMUA: Veronica Marshall
Cake: Palette Cakes
Dessert: Conscious Creamery
Rentals: Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals
Linens: BBJ Linens
DJ: Function 45 Entertainment
Video: Taylor Petrinovich
Signage & Papery: Nikisha King Design House
Live Music: Ovation Strings
Live Painter: Talia Koval
Transportation: MGM Limo Services
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