How Much Does A Wedding Really Cost?
How much does a wedding really cost?? The number one question my couples ask me! During our very first phone call we discuss wedding budget. Majority of the time this is when my couples say, “well, I’m not really sure how much these things cost!” or “we were thinking about a $30,000 wedding budget, do you think that is enough for a tented wedding?”
Determining your wedding budget is extremely important, it really comes down to how much you can or are willing to spend on your wedding. Whether you have $20,000 or $60,000 it is still a budget but, you also have to be realistic and understand that some of your wedding dreams might not happen depending on your set budget. With the world of Pinterest and all the ideas and imagery out there it can really get your heart set on something but you may not have any clue how much it would cost to do 150 place settings like the ones you love. This is where hiring a wedding planner can be the best investment because we can maximize your budget while still making sure your day is what you have dreamed of.
So, to answer the question, How much do weddings really cost? My answer is, they cost a lot, a lot more than you think especially when you determine your absolute musts. And, once you start making decisions and signing contracts your money goes very quickly. Your biggest expense will be the venue, food and beverage, which is roughly 45% of your budget. For example, meals range from $80 – $200 per person just to give you an idea and multiply that by the number of guests you plan on inviting. If food is super important to you, this is when you decide to have a smaller wedding. You will realize as you go through the planning process that you will have to make many compromises and as a wedding planner we will help guide you in the right direction and give you plenty of options for you to chose from that will ensure you will have a magnificent wedding day!