Local Wedding Planner Experts

It’s possible to create your own wedding budget that is ideal for you, without having to skimp on the
things you most enjoy. We will walk you through the entire process – it’s all about being thrifty,
getting organized and communicating clearly.

It can be stressful to figure your wedding budget out, however don’t worry! It doesn’t matter whether
your dream is to have an intimate garden get-together or lavish hotel affair, if you answer these
questions it can help you determine how to make this happen and how much you will need to spend to make
your dream come true.

Who`s Paying For Your Wedding Planner?

The key is communication: Talk to your families who is going to pay for what. There are some families
of brides who pay for the entire wedding. However, more groom’s families pitch in now as well. Our
Real Wedding Study from 2015, on average, parents of the bride cover 44% of the wedding’s cost, the
groom and bride cover 43% and the parents of the groom cover 12%.

How should the subject be broached? For many couples, the best way of having productive and open
discussions, is to talk to each of the families separately. The following are some useful guidelines
that can be used by you as well as your families to come up with an initial budget:

Go to both the bride’s and groom’s parents and ask them to make to make their commitments as specific
dollar amounts. Next add all of your contributions up and use that figure to determine your budget.

Or you can ask that a specific aspect of the wedding be financed by each of the sets of parents
(catering, honeymoon or ceremony).

Determine how much money you and your finance will be able to contribute up until your wedding.

How Much Money Do You Really Need For Your Wedding?

Like buying a pair of jeans, an apartment, or shoes, when it comes to getting your wedding financed,
you need to determine the amount you need to spend to get what you want. You will need to decide which
parts of your wedding you want to make priorities, based on budget needs and personal preferences.
Basically, you need to decide what things to splurge on and where to try to save money. Then set your
expectations and budget accordingly. The following are some helpful statistics to provide you with a
general idea of the way couples have a tendency to allocate their wedding budgets:

The average wedding costs around $33,000 (which doesn’t include the honeymoon).

The following is a basic breakdown on expected costs:

Reception: 48% to 50%
Photography and Videography: 10% to 12%
Entertainment and Music: 8% to 10%
Flowers: 8% to 10%
Attire: 8% to 10%
Miscellaneous: 8%
Gifts: 2% to 3%
Parking and Transportation: 2% to 3%
Wedding Rings: 2% to 3%
Stationery: 2% to 3%
Ceremony: 2% to 3%

In order to avoid added stress, allocate around 5% of your budget, to your “just-in-case” fund. Also,
don’t forget about budgeting for your honeymoon as well if you are responsible for covering the costs!

How Much Money Do You Need To Save For Your Wedding?

You need to start saving as much of your earning as you car for your wedding as soon as you get
engaged. A good but challenging goal is to save around 20% of your total monthly income. The longer
you are engaged, more you can save.

Ways to Save: Limit how much you spend on small items (ride your bike or go for a run instead of taking
expensive workout classes, switch from buying tow lattes a day down to one, rent movies rather than
seeing them in the theater). Making these changes won’t affect the quality of your life that much, but
the extra cash after doing that for a year will help with covering some of your wedding essentials, and
you won’t have to do it forever.

Maximize the use of your money: Rather than putting your money into a low-interest savings account,
thinking about opening up a money market account or consider purchasing CDs. You could double your
interest rate compared to a savings account. To avoid penalties, make sure to check any fine print
there is.

Drones can take spectacular videos and photos, but is it worth all of that extra money for having one
capture your wedding?

Drone photography is becoming increasingly popular, which isn’t surprising if you have seen the
stunning shots that those flying machines are able to capture. However, if you are still skeptical or
puzzled about aerial photography, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of having your wedding
photos taken by them, then keep reading! When it comes to hiring a drone for flying your wedding, here
is everything you need to know.

Safety First

We will start with the information that is less glamorous before getting to the stuff that is more fun.
The most important thing that you need to keep in mind is safety. Drones are basically mini
helicopters that have cameras. Therefore, unless the drone operator is a properly trained
professional, there is a risk that all kinds of accidents could take place (you never want that to
happen, but particularly not on your wedding day!)


Don’t Book Your Venue Until You Know About These Hidden Costs

The cost you pay for a venue, does not always cover everything you’ll need for your wedding. Before you
set your heart on a specific location, you need to determine how much you’ll need to pay in order to
have the wedding of your dreams.

Every venue, from a rustic barn to a traditional hotel has a large number of associated costs, which
are not included in a quoted price. For example, if your wedding is to be held in a vineyard, the
citronella candles you’ll need to keep the bugs from eating your food, and your guests, are an
additional cost you’ll need to pay. In this guide, you’ll learn the hidden costs of four of the most
popular wedding locales. Keep this information in mind before you sign any contracts.

Venue: A Barn

A barn can be the ideal backdrop for a simple, rustic wedding. However, they sometimes require a lot of
work, and money, to get them ready for guests. Since a barn is not built for the comfort of people,
depending on the barn’s condition, the hidden costs can be high.

Hidden Costs:

Bathrooms – Some barns do not have a bathroom. If there are no bathrooms nearby, you need to rent them.
For your wedding, you might want to have something a little nicer than a standard porta-potty, which
will be an additional fee.

Climate – Barns do not have heating and cooling system. If the wedding is in the winter you’ll need to
have space heaters. For a summer wedding, you may need to rent fans.

Electric – Some barns do not have the electricity needed for a wedding. You can supplement the barns
electricity with a rented generator.

Dust and Dirt – A barn whether in use or abandoned will be dirty. While you might be able to do a basic
cleaning, it is best to hire a commercial cleaning company. Even if you want it rustic, you don’t want
dirt and spiders to interrupt your happy day.

Lighting – Lighting can be an issue if the barn does not have a lot of windows or you are having an
evening wedding. Plan of providing additional lights even if there are some lighting available.

Venue: The Great Outdoors

Outdoor weddings seem romantic, whether the location is a California vineyard or your own backyard.
However, exposure to the elements of nature are not always a pleasant experience and extra precautions
must be taken to ensure your guests are comfortable.

Hidden Costs:

A Tent – You can’t cancel the wedding because it rains. A tent is often a plan B for an outdoor
wedding. But when renting a tent you also have to consider lighting and decorations, which may have an
additional cost.

Permits – If you plan on getting married in a public place, like a park or beach, you may need to
obtain a permit, pay a location fee and get insurance. If you use a tent, you may need a permit for
that too.

Dance Floor – If you are holding your wedding in a location where the ground is dirt, sand or grass,
you need to consider renting a dance floor. This flooring will protect the guest’s footwear and help
keep them from slipping on a muddy surface. If the ground is grass, you may also need to rent a

High-Powered Sound System – It is harder to hear a person speaking at an outdoor wedding because there
are no walls to condense the sound. A sound system is needed so all of the guests can hear the toasts.

Venue: Destination Weddings

Many people have a dream location where they would love to get married. If your heart is set on an
exotic locale, then there are some things you need to consider. Leaving your town, state or country, to
get married, isn’t cheap.

Planning Trips – You should make at least one visit to your wedding locale before your wedding. This
trip will include hotel, food and transportation expenses to your wedding budget.

Transportation – You need to include the costs of traveling to the wedding locale for the wedding to
your budget. You may also decide to fly in photographers, makeup artists, and hairstylists. If you have
decorations created fo the wedding you also have to pay to transport them to the location.

Marriage Requirements – If you are getting married in another country you need to determine the rules
or requirements for a couple to get married. For example, some countries require the couple to be in
the country two to five days before the wedding. However, France requires 40 days.

Exchange Rates and Taxes – Based on the current exchange rate you may be paying significantly more, or
less, than you planned. Remember the exchange rate can change at any time, so plan a buffer to cover
additional exchange fees and costs.

Second Reception – If you get married in a distant location, it’s likely many friends and family
members will not be able to attend. A second reception allows you to celebrate your marriage with those
who could not attend the wedding.

Venue: A Hotel

Many hotels offer packages that include everything from an on-site planner, amenities and caterers.
While this is an all-inclusive package, there are still some hidden costs.

Other Possible Wedding Planner Costs:

Power Drop – If your wedding’s power requirements are more than the hotel’s capabilities, such as the
use of colored lights and a DJ booth, the hotel will charge an additional fee.

Corkage Fee – Most hotels do not include the price of liquor in a wedding package. If you decide to
bring your own alcohol, the hotel can charge you a fee.

External Vendor Fee – The package includes the food, cake and flowers. If you decide to use your own
vendor, the hotel can charge a fee.

Overtime – A wedding package includes a certain amount of time for the reception. If your reception
runs over this time limit then the hotel can charge you an additional charge for the employees that
have to work overtime to clean up. Any services not performed the same day as your wedding can incur an
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