Everything you need to know when it comes to building your wedding budget.
Aside from your wedding date, having a wedding budget is one of those things you must nail down before you start dress shopping and venue hunting. Your budget will be the bases for everything else from venue options to cake design. It's easy to go over budget when faced with what you want and what is a must have for your wedding. Be prepared to compromise those peonies for garden roses, and who really needs an aisle runner anyway. Your wedding is supposed to be the beginning of a happy life together, and happily ever after never started in debt, just saying. Choose wisely, compromise, and start planning early.
Don't know where to start or what to include, here's a clue:
1. Talk about a price you're comfortable with.
If you've started planning this day long ago your expectations may be a little higher than your counter part. Keep in mind all thou this is a big deal, you don't want to go into debt trying to get there. So grab a glass of wine or something a little stronger and get down to business. Many couples find that the money talk is the most difficult to have, but once you get through this any other budget talk will be a breeze. If you can't agree, take a break before it gets to heated. Look at other budget ranges in your area. Can't agree with one another, try getting a budget number by working backwards.
2. Figure out what is really important.
There's a lot to be included in your budget, so it may help to know what's important. There are some things you may already know you wouldn't want to include, so exclude those things now or know where you are willing to splurge.
3. Keep in mind: Your guest count and your budget go hand in hand.
I'm sure you've heard, but i will say it again because it is very true. The amount of guest you invite directly effects and should reflect your budget. You want to make sure that you have enough budget to achieve the vision you want. You want to think about how much you would want to spare per guest. How many tables and how you seat guest effects everything? Things that go into guest count are things like table settings, food & beverage cost, stationery, the decor for each table, hotel guest bags, and a few other things. So getting a good idea of how much you want to spend per guest takes a little research and effort to put together.
Did you know the average cost per guest range for Houston? Cost per person: $223
How to create a working budget. Build up to your budget by doing your research, get a sense of the price per person (pp) for venue, food, beverage, rentals, etc. Drop the highest number + tax & tip into your calculations, multiple that by the # of guest. This is your minimum working budget . * [185 +tax & tip= 205] [205 x 200 guests= $41,000]
Which of the following sentence reflect your budget boundaries?
My budget is set in stone!
I'd like to stick to my budget but i'm flexible on certain things.
I want what i want & I don't care how much it costs!
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General budget breakdown
Receptions 40% to 50%
Attire 5% to 10%
Music 5% to 10%
Planner 10% to 15%
Cushion 5% to 15%
Things to consider when budgeting
Favors & Gifts
Photography & Video
Venue & Catering
Average wedding cost in Houston : $31,236
When building your budget make sure you factor in what's important to you and your day, also budget accordingly. If you want more flowers and don't care for an elaborate invitation, then increase your budget in the areas you desire the most.