February 25, 2021

Your budget should definitely be one of the first things that you and your partner sit down and discuss when planning your wedding. This can also cause the most stress during the planning process. After pinpointing the areas you’ll spend most of your budget on, you can better allocate funds to what really matters most to the both of you.

1. Where you choose to get married.

Your wedding location will play a leading role in the creation of your budget. Venues that are in popular areas will generally charge more than smaller venues outside of main cities. You’ll also have to explore each venue’s packages and policies when choosing the perfect location. For example, a venue might require you use their preferred vendors, and some of which might not fit within your budget or standards. A lot of venues also have minimum catering requirements that may go beyond your guest list. It’s important to look at average costs of areas and venues before you make a final decision on where you want to get married.

2. Time of the year.

Peak wedding seasons make a big difference to costs, depending on your location. If you’re planning to get married on a Saturday in the Spring, there’s a good chance you’re going to end up paying a lot more for your wedding date. Look at your budget and how it fits in with the venue and location you have in mind. Could you move your wedding to another season or day of the week to save on costs? If you plan to get married on your anniversary, which may be during “peak” season, then this may be a non-negotiable expense and you should consider other avenues to cut down on your budget.

3. The number of guests.

This is one area that can very easily get out of control. Your guests are going to 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, to food, to the chair your guest will be sitting on, so think twice about inviting family or friends that you haven’t spoke to in ages. Agree on how many guests you want to invite and make an effort to stick to it.

If you want to adhere 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 an added bonus as they can help you find the most value when choosing vendors and they keep you on track financially.  We know this can be hard through all the excitement, but having a game plan can save yourselves a lot of stress while planning your wedding.