Part I: Decide your budget
1) Have an idea about your wedding budget.
Decide the budget based on your finances. And ask your parents if they are going to contribute to your wedding? Please share the budget information with your families to make sure every contributor is on the same page.
2) Itemize the things you need include in the budget.
– Wedding Planner
– Ceremony Venue
– Reception Venue
– Save-the-date cards
– Guestbook, programs
– Escort cards, table number cards
– Wedding favors
– Thank-you cards
Photography & Videography
– Engagement session
– Wedding day photography
– Wedding day videography
Attire, Beauty & Rings
– Wedding rings
– Wedding dresses
– Bridesmaid dresses
– Men’s attires
– Attire Accessories
– Beauty and hair stylist
Food, Toast & Entertainment
– Wedding cake
– Wedding cake topper
– Dance lessons
Flowers & Decor
– Ceremony flowers and decors
– Reception flowers and decors, including centerpieces
– Wedding party’s flowers
– Rental & lighting
– Marriage license
– Bachelor parties
3) Set priority of these items
Which items are you more concerned about? Which items are “nice-to-have”?Allocate your budget heavily in favor of the higher priority things, and choose more economical ways for the lower priority things.
4) Do your homework
To have a more accurate budget plan, you need to know estimated price for each item. You can do research online or consult with wedding experts. The estimated price depends on your wedding location, wedding season and your requirements. Please start with the higher priority things first.
5) Leave wiggle room for your budget
It usually has some unexpected cost in the wedding. We need include 10% contingency in your budget to cover certain cases.
6) Write down the budget expectation
After you have done the research, write down the realistic budget expectation in a list. In further planning, you can make decisions based on the expected budget.
Part II: Keep your budget
7) Don’t fall in love with something over your budget expectation
Make sure the cost is well within your budget. Sometimes, we may get pressure from our parents or friends. But if you overspend on any item, it is harder to control the budget.
8) Get inspiration to trim your budget
There are a lot of wedding ideas online. You can try to do some DIY projects to reduce your wedding cost.
9) Ask friends for help
If your friend is good at flower arrangement, you can ask her help instead of finding a florist. The flowers can be bought in flower outlet or supermarket, and she may help you make your flower bouquets and the centerpieces.
10)Control your guest list
The reception cost is usually based on the guest count. It is important to limit your guest list to keep the cost under your budget.
11) Write down your spends in your budget list
As we mentioned before, it is necessary to have a budget expectation list. You should also write down the cost of each item in this list as well to track your spends.