Your budget is one of the first things you and your partner will discuss when planning your wedding. It can also cause the most stress! Below are three things that can affect your wedding budget.
Your wedding location will play a significant role in the creation of your budget. Venues that are in popular areas will generally charge more than smaller venues outside of central cities. Venues also have different packages and policies that you'll need to consider. For example, some venues might require you to use their vendors, some of which might not fit in with your budget. A lot of venues also have minimum catering requirements that may go beyond your guest list. It's essential to look at the average costs of areas and venues before deciding where you want to get married.
Wedding seasons make a big difference to costs. Are you planning to get married on a Saturday in the fall? Chances are you're going to end up paying a lot more. Look at your budget and how it fits in with the venue and location you have in mind and whether you can move your wedding to another season or day of the week to save on costs. Vendors might also be able to offer you discounts for off-peak days and seasons.
This is one area that can very quickly get out of control. Your guests will take up a large portion of your budget, so it pays to be sensible about who you're inviting. Most venues will charge you for everything from drinks and food to the chair your guest will be sitting on, so think twice about inviting your aunt, who you haven't seen in 2 years. Agree on how many guests you want to invite and stick to it.
If you want to stick to your wedding budget and not be in debt by the time you come back from your honeymoon, carefully plan your finances before you even begin planning your wedding. Working with a wedding planner would be a bonus to help you find better prices and keep you on track financially. Here are my top three!