The first step in figuring out your budget is knowing who’s contributing funds. Sometimes the bride’s family will cover the whole cost of the wedding, but more often it’s a combination of both families, as well as the bride and groom. Discuss with everyone involved how much they’d like to pay or consider having each family cover a particular part of the wedding, like the flowers or catering.
Consider putting all your wedding money in a single checking account, so you can easily track your spending without confusing your wedding budget with your daily expenses.
Tell potential vendors your budget upfront, so there are no surprises when you’re ready to book.
Don’t forget to include the small but essential things in your budget, like stamps for your save-the-dates and invitations and even marriage license fees. None of these items may cost much, but when added up, they can easily put you over budget if you don’t plan ahead.
Credit cards are a great way to pay for wedding expenses. You can rack up reward points that can help pay for your honeymoon. But be careful not to overdo it with credit and don’t charge more than you can pay off in the next 30 days.
When booking vendors, ask about any additional costs so you can be sure your budget will cover them.
Allocate a little extra money for the things that matter most to you, whether that’s the music, the food, or your gown. Focus your time and money on the parts of your wedding that you care most about.
There’s no reason to pay more for upgrades you don’t need. Don’t let vendors pressure you into extras you’re indifferent about. Instead ask yourself, “Is this item important to me or my fiancé?” If it’s not, consider cutting it and saving your money for more important things.
When building your budget, look into the general costs for vendors in your area. You don’t want to under-budget and then be unable to afford the photographer you want.
Add some cushion into your wedding budget. A good strategy is to designate about 5% of your budget for unplanned costs, like replacing a piece of wedding décor that breaks at the last minute.