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Your budget is one of the first things that you will sit down and discuss when planning your wedding. It can also cause the most stress during the planning process. Below are 3 things that could affect your wedding budget and add to your wedding planning stress.
Where you wed. Your wedding location will play a leading role in the creation of your budget. Venues that are situated in popular areas will generally charge more than smaller venues outside of main cities. Venues also have different packages and policies that you’ll need to consider. For example, some venues might require you to use their vendors. A lot of venues also have minimum catering requirements that may go beyond your guest list. It’s important to look at the average costs of areas and venues before you make a final decision on where you want to get married.
The number of guests. This is one area that can very easily get out of control. Your guests are going to take up a large portion of your budget so it pays to be sensible about who you’re inviting. Agree on how many guests you want to invite and stick to it.
Selecting the one area of your wedding you value most. Whether it is the venue, catering, photography, or videography. Figure out what your must have items are. Research them and make a plan to include their services into your budget. Sometimes you may plan on paying x amount for a vendor and you are missing the mark by a little bit. Be ready to extend your budget to include them and make the rest of your adjustments accordingly.
If you want to stick to your wedding budget and not be in debt by the time you come back from your honeymoon, carefully plan your finances before you even begin planning your wedding. Working with a wedding planner would be an added bonus as they can help keep you on track financially.