Going for broke?
If you're recently engaged or in the beginning stages of planning your wedding, your probably wondering how broke you're going to be the day and months that follow. I'm here to break it down and be realistic about what you can expect to spend on your celebration.
According to a study done by The Knot in 2015, the average CT wedding was $41,692 and the average nation wide was $32,641. As a planner with 11+ years of experience, I completely agree with this poll and can confidently say this should be expected for a headcount of 150-200 guests. And no, this estimate doesn't include your dreamy vacation after the big day.
Here's how much of your budget you should lay aside for each category:
- Dreamy Reception: 45-50% (includes venue, food, drink, wait staff, day of coordinator, rentals, table, chairs, lighting etc)
- Ceremony: 3%-5% (Includes site location, officiant and music)
- Invites & Printed Items: 2-5% (Custom invitation packages can quickly sky rocket to $1,000-$2,000 depending on your desired product. If you're on a budget, stick to affordable options such as www.zazzle.com, www.minted.com, www.paperlesspost.com + many more)
- Floral Design: 8-10% (Have I mentioned we offer gorgeous floral design? )
- Entertainment: 8-10% (If you're in the market for a live band, expect to spend a wee bit more. A popular band with 7-10 members can easily cost $7,000-$10,000)
- Wardrobe: 8-10%
- Photo & Video: 10-15%
- Wedding Bling: 2-3%
- Transportation: 2-3%
- Misc. 10% (Always leave yourself wiggle room. The unexpected costs will arise. Believe me!)
If you're currently hyperventilating and re-considering getting married due to this blog post, I suggest that you sit down with your significant other and talk about what aspects of your day are truly important to the both of you. If you don't care about a fancy limo, scratch it! If you don't need a live band, wonderful. You'll save a few grand! You get the drift, right? Spend your hard earned $ on the areas of your wedding that you'll both remember & cherish most. Final Note: If it's within your budget, absolutely hire a wedding planner or at least Day of Coordinator who can assist with the work load, and save you money with their tips, guidance and connections within the industry.
That's all for now! Be back soon! xo - Sarah