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7 Easy Steps to Create Your Wedding Budget

By: Velas Weddings / 14 Mar 2023
Wedding Budget Tips

Weddings are one of the most important events in a couple's life. However, planning it can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to budgeting. 

The cost of a wedding can quickly add up, and it's easy to get carried away with all the expenses. Therefore, it's crucial to create a budget before you start planning your wedding. In this blog post, we'll go over some easy steps to create your wedding budget.

Wedding Budget Easy Steps

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Step 1: Establish Your Overall Budget

The first step in creating a wedding budget is to determine how much money you have to spend. You should sit down with your partner and any other parties contributing financially to the wedding and determine a total budget. 

This number will guide all of your future decisions when it comes to planning your wedding.


Step 2: Define the Type of Wedding You Want

Once you have your overall budget in mind, it's essential to decide on the type of wedding you want. This includes the type of venue, style and entertainment. Think if you want a destination wedding, and also establish your guest count, as a smaller wedding will typically cost less than a larger one. 

All of these factors will impact the overall cost and help you prioritize your expenses.


Step 3: Determine Your Non-Negotiables

Before you start allocating funds to different aspects of your wedding, it's crucial to determine your non-negotiables. These are the items that are most important to you and your partner, and that you're not willing to compromise on. It could be the wedding venue, the food, the dress, or anything else.

Non-negotiables wedding budget

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Step 4: Prioritize Your Wedding Expenses

Once you've determined your non-negotiables, it's time to prioritize your wedding expenses. 

You should create a list of all the items you'll need for your wedding and arrange them in order of importance. For example, you may want to allocate more funds towards your wedding venue, food, and entertainment than on flowers or decorations.


Step 5: Estimate Costs and Allocate Funds for Each Item on Your List

Now that you've prioritized your wedding expenses, it's time to estimate the costs for each item and allocate funds accordingly. 

You should research the average cost of each item and determine how much you're willing to spend on each. Be sure to include all associated costs, such as delivery fees, setup fees, and taxes. Start with the essential items on your list and if you find that you don't have enough money to allocate to all of them, you may need to reprioritize or cut back on certain expenses.


Step 6: Keep Track of Your Spending

As you plan your wedding, it's essential to keep track of your spending. We recommend creating a spreadsheet or using a wedding budgeting app to keep track of all of your expenses. This will allow you to stay within your budget and make adjustments as needed.


Step 7: Prepare for Surprises and Be Flexible

Finally, it's important to be flexible when creating your wedding budget. Unexpected expenses may arise, and you may need to make adjustments. Be prepared for this and don't be afraid to cut back on certain expenses.

Wedding budgeting

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In conclusion, creating a wedding budget may seem overwhelming, but following these steps will make the process easier and friendlier on your wallet. With proper planning and budgeting, you can have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.

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