My advice to you would be to do some market research to see what's available in your area and the average prices of the vendors. Then pair that with what you're comfortable saving and then decide your budget.
Our budget is $8,000 max There is great deals you can get. Several people have been gifted us with wedding services. My wedding consultant had us write our dream wedding as if money was not a problem. After we did that she had us prioritize our items that were negotiable and non-negotiable. that exercise gave us great clarity on the things that were important not so important to us as we started to create a realistic budget for our wedding.
We are planning a wedding for 200 guests. I naively thought we could plan a decent enough wedding for around $5,000. I was so wrong. After booking vendors, and crunching numbers, our wedding will end up costing around $13,000. BUT that number includes EVERYTHING big and small, and even stuff we didn't pay for (such as stuff family has offered to help with and bridesmaid/groomsmen attire that they are buying themselves). It was hard for me to pick a budget at the beginning stages. I had to compare vendor prices and book most of my big vendors before we were really able to see how much we would be spending. I also plan to DIY our decor. Your area will have a lot to do with costs. Even though your wedding is a ways away, it never hurts to get big vendors booked early so you can get them paid off before the wedding.
Thank you so much for helping me! Planning a wedding is so expensive. Have you started doing some of your decor for your wedding. Was it easier then buying a lot of decor? Or is it stressing you out more doing the decor yourself?
No, I haven't started my decor yet. I'm trying to finish up booking our vendors, then I planned to tackle that challenge. I want my bouquets to be real flowers, and DIY fake flowers for everything else to cut costs, but I want to see what we come up with with the florist before I start on the DIY centerpieces...that way I can make sure I match the flowers as best as possible. Also, funding is a bit low right now too, lol, so waiting for a few things to line up with that.
I want my bouquet to be real flowers as well. I have plenty of time to decorate and stuff since my wedding isn't until next year. But it would be nice to get some of done so that it won't be a hassle when the time comes. I'm doing a sunflower and roses for the centerpieces and the bouquets, but then I looked on Pintrest and saw some really cool DIY's idea with sunflowers. And I'm scared I'm going to mess them up
I'm sure you will do better than you think. I plan to have wild flowers with sunflower accents. Since I am unsure of which wildflower mix I will be getting just yet, that Is why I'm trying to hold off. But as soon as I get a better idea, I'm sure I will be putting my Pinterest ideas to use too.
Right now we're budgeting $20k for 100 guests. And for a Maryland wedding, that's fairly reasonable. We knew we wanted to splurge on the venue and food, everything else we'll be DIY-ing or hunting for deals.
According to my numbers I'm $1k over and it's driving me crazy . Fingers crossed some people don't come so my catering bill goes down haha.