Real talk. Weddings are expensive! We’re not going to say “they don’t have to be” because, well, we’d be lying. I mean, there are scenarios when they aren’t, but they typically involve a courthouse. Now, the definition of expensive is different for everyone. But at the end of the day, throwing any kind of celebration around your marriage is likely going to cost you some money. In many ways, your wedding is an investment. So, we’re here to help you make the most of it!
There are plenty of resources out there that can tell you how to budget. What percentage should be spent where. But we’re going to break it down into a couple of easy to digest chunks based on our couples (read between the lines- real life examples)!
Two quick and easy tips.
Decide on a budget!
You’ll likely make changes during the first couple of months, but you need a guideline. We find that a realistic number for Vermont couples is between $25,000-35,000.
Decide on what is important to you!
Ambiance and decor? Food and beverage? Incredible imagery? Fashion forward attire? As stress free a day as possible? A stellar guest experience? Consider #allthethings then rank them from most important to least important. This will help you allot funds accordingly.
A good rule of thumb? 40-50% of your budget should be for the venue/food and the remaining should be ‘everything else’. Your percentage allotted should be based on your priority items.
So, example time! Let’s start with the $25,000 and a couple that wants amazing images and really incredible food, with a guest list of around 100-125.
Rentals & Photo Booth:$1,200
Planning (this is a non-negotiable in our book, but full service vs. event management will impact your number): $1,500- 5,000
Hair + Makeup (don‘t even consider doing either as a DIY. A pro will help you look your best and ensure you’re photo ready- because there IS a difference between an everyday look and the wedding look): $600
A few of the often forgotten expenses that often aren’t factored into a couple’s budget initially include postage (yes, this can really add up), alterations, rings, signage (often lumped into to decor), marriage license + officiant, gifts for the wedding party and gratuities.
Of course, we always advise sitting down with a wedding planning to help you get crystal clear on your wedding vision. So in case hints aren’t your thing, this is your cue to contact us today! 😉