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Coming Up With a Wedding Budget 2009-04-13 09:30:18

Coming Up With a Wedding Budget, Part I

Engagement is absolute bliss until you realize the long wedding planning road ahead. Sure, it's overwhelming: What will you wear? Who will be in your wedding party? Will you get married on the beach or in a ballroom? Curb the train of thought questions and focus on one thing at a time.

First thing's first: Come up with your wedding budget. It's certainly not as fun as wedding dress shopping, but really, what is? Your budget will determine how you can proceed with the details for your big day, so it must be set before doing anything else. To see my tips on figuring out a magic number,


  • Nail down who is contributing to the marital cause. If there's more than one party paying, find out how much everyone can commit or use spending categories to divide the financial responsibilities. For example, his family pays for flowers, yours pays for the photographer, you and your fiance pay for the music, etc.
  • Footing the bill all by yourselves? Discuss how much you can afford to pay and how much you realistically want to spend on your wedding. You're in total control, so there's no reason to go into debt together. Create a separate savings account for your wedding fund and set up automatic withdrawals from your bank accounts each month. Be realistic: if you're unable to save enough by the time you want to get married, choose a wedding date further in the future.

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Sheena2943775 Sheena2943775 5 years
i need help with my wedding some one pleas help me   
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This is never easy!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
One thing that will really help you with this is to figure out how many guests you'll have ASAP. Then you can get a pretty accurate figure for the catering bill, you'll know how big of a reception hall you'll need, how much cake you'll need, etc. When we were planning our wedding, my mom and dad offered to pay for the food, my dress, and the photographer. My husband and I paid for the cake, the beer, and the flowers and my in-laws paid for the rehearsal dinner. I think we had a pretty modest budget and it we did manage to stay within about $500 of what we planned to spend originally.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
Thanks for the tip. I'm in this situation right now - trying to establish a budget. It's hard!
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