VOICE OF REASONING
Alright friends, there’s something important I need you to know when planning a wedding: You gotta fucking budget! You have to follow the budget like it’s the law!
Ok, yes, it’s very obvious that you should budget when you’re planning a wedding. I mean, the national average cost of a wedding is $31,213. California is $37,317. Those numbers are crazy right?! You think this now, but mid way planning a wedding you’re going to think:
“oh, what’s another $2,000.”
“$4,000 for flowers? Cheap!”
“My veil was 800- what a steal!”
Before you know it, you’re going way over your budget, and it’s too late to turn back. I recommend checking out A Practical Wedding for budgeting. I used that site a lot to keep myself tamed. A wedding is great. It’s a once in a lifetime sort of a deal (or maybe not.) But it’s important to remember that the money you spend on your wedding can easily be put into a new home. If you have the means then great! If not, be careful and don’t get yourself into a slippery slope. As a wedding guests, I only remember the food and the entertainment. No one is going to remember what flowers or place settings you had. Spend wisely, friends!
WHAT I DID
With that said, I followed A Practical Wedding’s guide to budgeting. I set aside my overall budget and split that into percentages based on vendors. You don’t have to follow the percentage exactly. Be realistic. If you don’t care much about your wedding dress then obviously the budget for that will be smaller. If pictures are really important to you then that may take a bigger chunk of the budget. Whatever it is, divide it correctly and realistically. You don’t want to be surprised or regret anything in the end.