After calling my mom and best friend and my brothers and sister and announcing it to the world, I began to think well now what? Planning a wedding was completely new to me, so how should i get started? well the first task I tackled was to develop a list. I wrote down all the items that a wedding must include. Such as a venue, flowers, catering, music, decorations, a cake, rentals (chairs and tables etc.), attire (dress, tux), Stationery (invites, save the dates, programs etc.), Photographer, and transportation. Regardless of the theme of a wedding all weddings have each item.
After making this list I sat down with my fiancé and we talked about a budget, we both would love to get a house with in the next couple of years so we new right off from the start that our budget would be rather small. With my School District salary and his Sous Chef salary it would be impossible to have a wedding that would cost us more than we can afford while saving some money. We both settled on 10,000 we couldn’t do more. But what could i really afford on a tight budget and what should i be looking at spending for each item. How should the money be distributed.
At this point I realized I needed some kind of guidance, so I spoke with my Fiancé sister (whom is a wedding planner) she gave me some helpful hits, she asked me to priorities my list, and number what is the most important thing about my wedding, she explained how for her wedding music was extremely important as her husband was a big music aficionado. So here is how I did it.
Wedding Budget Amounts
50% of Budget – Venue & Catering – 5,000
10% – music – 800
10% – Photography – 1000
3% – Wedding Gifts for Wedding Party and favors for guests – 360
3% – invitations – 360
1% – Transportation – 120
10% – wedding attire – 1000
3% – for additional cost if wedding ceremony is different than reception venue. – 460
10% – Flowers – 900
Since I knew that my biggest priority was to have a nice venue and excellent food (since my chef Fiancé is so darn picky) I knew that most of my money would be going to those two items. Everything else I broke down according to what I felt was least and most important. Now although the budget may shift but at least now I have a foundation which to work on.