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What is YOUR Definition of a Budget Wedding?

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What is YOUR definition of a Budget Wedding?
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What is your definition of a budget wedding?

Someone asked me this question and it got me thinking…

What is YOUR definition of a Budget Wedding?

What is a budget wedding? “Budget” is kind of a relative term, isn’t it? Everyone’s got a budget. Everyone has a dollar amount they are planning to spend based on their personal financial situation.

But as far as defining what a “budget wedding” is, I think it truly depends on the region in which you live or are planning your wedding. I guess for me, in my area, I consider $10,000 or less to be a budget wedding. But that’s because the norm for my area is probably around $20,000 to $25,000 for a wedding budget. For someone who lives in a major metropolitan area such as  New York City or Los Angeles, $20,000 might be considered a “budget” wedding because the average for that area is $50,000 or higher. Ya know what I mean?

To me, I’m all about being budget savvy. (Obviously!) It’s not about how much you spend, it’s about how smartly you spend it. I tend to focus more on how far you can make your money go or stretch. At BSB, I think we advise brides of how to maximize whatever budget you’ve got to work with, rather than focusing on a specific price tag or range. Obviously you know that we have published weddings with teeny tiny budgets up to around $25,000. Occasionally, if a wedding takes place in one of those major metro areas where things just cost more (it’s a plain and simple fact, truly) we’ll make an exception and feature a wedding on a slightly larger than “average” budget.

Overall, I think this is a very interesting question for discussion! I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on what you consider to be a budget wedding? I’m so curious to know what our readers think!


So please tell me, friends…

what is YOUR definition of a budget wedding?


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is the founder of TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, and author of the best-selling book,The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer. Jessica's expert wedding advice and money-saving tips have been featured by Good Morning America, COSMOPOLITAN, Glamour, and more.