Your Overall Wedding Budget

Budgeting Your Wedding

Your wedding day. Most women have been fantasizing about it since they were little girls and ironically enough most men have been preparing to pay for one since their daughters were little girls. None the less a wedding can be a wonderful but also expensive day. The best bet for anyone who is looking to save money during the process should introduce a wedding budget into the planning.

A budget will not only help save the person making the investment more money but it can also help keep frivolous spending at bay. This leaves room for higher bidding where it is most important or it can leave a bigger savings possible at the end of the event.

There are a few rules of thumb involved in the process of budgeting. Keep your mind and eyes on the prize and the rules will be easy to follow.

Firstly, you will need to make the decision as to who is to be paying for the wedding. Traditionally the brides parents wold pay for the entire wedding but today that is more of a tale than a full truth. If it is true for your wedding then you will skip straight to the budget, if not, now is the time to figure out who will be paying, who you will be asking for help, and who will be splitting with who.

Once the payment arrangements are made it is budget time. The general line-up for a budget is pretty simple but you may want to adjust it slightly according to your specific demands.

The wedding ceremony usually covers 3% of the wedding budget. This covers the Locations fee, officiant fee, marriage license, musician’s fee, ring pillow, etc.

The reception usually covers 48% of the budget. Covering the reception site, food, drinks, rentals, cake, favors, etc.

The wedding attire will cover 10% of the budget. This covers everything that is involved with the clothing and accessories, jewelry, hair and make-up, shoes, etc.

The wedding rings will run 3% of the budget and flowers will run around 8%. Music is generally 8%, Photography is usually 12%, transportation is only 2%, stationary stands at 3%, and gifts for the attendants and out of town guests will run about 3%.

With a generalized idea of what percentage of funding goes towards what aspect of the wedding you will have an easier time predicting and utilizing your expenses. No matter who is paying for the wedding everyone involved will enjoy saving as much as possible and the bride and groom will enjoy getting the most for their money. With a healthy budget everyone will be pleased with the wedding planning.

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Filed under: Decoration,Wedding Planning — vicky at 5:25 pm on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wedding Planning On A Budget

Planning a wedding may sound like an expensive venture, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. If you are planning a wedding on a budget, then perhaps this article will provide some tips that can help you save a bit more money.

You may find that it is best to plan every aspect in the most efficient manner to really maximize your budget. You will likely want to monitor every facet of the planning to ensure that any money spent is truly necessary. This is not to say that one should go to the extreme of limiting one’s wedding bliss, but rather it makes the money go to what the couple deems most important rather than being lost to unconscious frivolities. Of utmost importance is making sure to plan early as it makes it much easier to maximize your investment.

To begin with, hiring a professional wedding planner is just not an option if you are on a tight budget. Planning the wedding yourself could save you enough money to pay for the entire wedding. There is a lot of information available online for the planning process you will be going through. It truly helps to have a proper overview of everything involved prior to allocating your budget. You will likely want to make an outline to use as a checklist to make sure you have everything you need. There are actually wedding planning checklists available on the internet for free.

There are obviously some things that are generally a part of every modern wedding celebration. A wedding cake is an obvious part of just about any wedding today. Cakes are potentially expensive when ordered from a wedding cake designer. A more financially efficient approach is to find a baker who bakes many wedding cakes at the same time and then sells each at a competitive price as they are baking mass quantities. It may be a slightly less personalized route, but wedding cakes are often surprisingly similar anyway.

Another ubiquitous aspect of wedding planning is invitations. One way to really maximize the budget here is to be ultra-modern and send invitations via email. A stylish card can be made with many applications and there are also free templates available online. If it seems too technically involved, there is likely a friend or relative who will be up to the task.

It is possible that most of the funds for the wedding will go to the rental of spaces for the ceremony and reception. A small wedding is most likely the wiser choice when it comes to budgetary planning. If a free reception hall or even someone’s house is available, then all the better.

Lastly, catering should be the easiest way to save by preparing all of the food yourself. There are also likely a variety of less expensive local restaurants that can easily prepare a number of dishes for the occasion. Presentation is the key here. Even fast food can fit the bill if presented in an elegant way.

These tips should be plenty to get started on the way to planning a wedding that fits just about any budget. Remember that it is a loving relationship that matters most, not an elaborate wedding.

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Filed under: Wedding Planning — vicky at 11:29 am on Wednesday, May 6, 2009