You’ve had that vision of the perfect wedding embedded in your mind since the time you were 5. Now you’ve finally found your dream man and you can make that vision come to life – Congratulations! But do you have any idea what your dream wedding will cost? There are a lot of things you wouldn’t normally know the pricing of until you’re actually planning a wedding (since you don’t purchase these items everyday), such as flowers, cake, venue, etc… So take a look at the average cost of a wedding to get a better idea of how much you’ll need to budget. Then we’ll give you a few insider wedding budget tips on how to keep your dream wedding a reality without breaking the bank.
Most Important Things First: Decide what aspects of your wedding day are most important to you and don’t skimp in that area. If you want the best quality pictures and video, then go for that perfect photographer and videographer! But if there are areas you don’t feel as strongly about, find some good deals or DIY projects to bring down those costs. For instance, if a live band and favors aren’t a must on your list, an awesome playlist from your ipod and a sincere hug to all of your guests works great!
Venue: As you can tell from the infographic, the venue you select can be the priciest part of your whole day. Having your ceremony and reception or dinner in the same location or nearby might help bring this cost down. There are also great deals with venues that do more than just providing the location. Look into venues that offer in house event planners, catering, floral and/or decor to get a better rate.
Get Family/Friend Help: You might have friends and family who have some skills they would be more than willing to provide you with as a wedding gift. Maybe your future sister-in-law is phenomenal with hair and makeup and your brother can design your invitations – by all means, use them if they are willing! These little things can really help bring down your overall cost.