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Wedding Budget: Where Should the Money Go?

Wedding Budget: Where Should the Money Go?

We all know that bridal ceremonies are usually very expensive. No matter what kind of wedding you are planning to have, understated or lavish, you will be required to spend a lot of your effort, time, and money to ensure it is a success. To make sure everything goes as planned, you will have to know exactly where your money is allocated. The following are some of the areas where your money should go.

  • The venue. This is where you will spend most of your money on when planning a wedding. In situations where the venue does not have reception, you can end up spending less on the wedding venue, but it will cost you more having a separate reception venue. It is therefore advisable for you to look for a venue that includes a bar package, basic rentals, catering, and service all in one as it will save you some money. In some cases, the venue, reception can consume up to 50% of your total wedding budget.
  • Accessories and attires. Wedding attires makeup and accessories for you and your partner come next after the reception and the wedding venue. In case you are working on a tight budget, you can decide to rent a wedding gown and a tuxedo instead of buying a new one. In a wedding of let's say about $10,000, you can spend about $1,500 on the accessories and attires.
  • In instances where you are working on a tight budget, it is recommended that you seek the services of a DJ instead of a live band since it's the least expensive option for you. Generally, entertainment uses about 9 percent of the total wedding budget.
  • Flowers and décor. Exquisite wedding flowers are usually very expensive as they are a very important part of the bridal ceremony. They complement the bride, bridesmaids, the venue, and they contribute a lot to the ambiance. Flowers are likely to use up to 12 percent of the total budget. In case you are working on a tight budget, you can avoid buying too many flowers and instead go for a simple arrangement for the ceremony space and simple blooms for the bridesmaids.
  • Video and Photography. When planning your dream wedding, it is important to ensure that one of the happiest moments of your life are well documented and captured. The best way of preserving these memories is by having a photographer at your wedding ceremony. If you can be able to have a videographer, it can be magical. Having a good videographer and a photographer at your wedding will take almost 10 percent of the total budget.