Budgeting can be a Sticky Situation
When it comes to weddings, everyone couple should have a budget. If you are one of those lucky people out there that don’t have to…congratulations! When I got married, almost 12 years ago, I had a budget. It wasn’t set in stone, but nevertheless, I had one. And everything that I “wanted” needed to fit into that budget. Thankfully, there were areas of give & take so I could choose to cut out some real flowers and just to candles on the table; add a little bit more in the food, and less in the cake; buy the invitations that I just LOVED and saved a little bit on my jewelry & shoes. At the end of the day, I was happy with all of my choices & sacrifices. Our guests had a great meal, a few drinks, dance for hours and hours and I was happy to be married!
I was also blessed to have a mother & father-in-law that contributed to helping make our wedding day special for both of us. They helped us take care of the transportation, photos & drinks, as well as the rehearsal dinner. I’m sure that they assisted with other things too, but I can’t remember every detail (and your guests won’t either!).
Sometimes, budgets can end up being one of those “sticky situations”. You don’t really want to give & take, but at the same time, you want to be respectful of what you are being given to spend; especially if it is your own money. Let’s see if we can break this down a little.
The bride and her family generally pay for:
- Bridal Shower
- Bridal Gown, Veil & Accessories
- Wedding Stationery & Postage
- Groom’s Wedding Ring
- Groom’s Gift
- Bridemaid’s Gift
- Photographer / Videographer
- Guest Book
- Flowers (some)
- Equipment Rental
The groom and his family generally pay for:
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Bride’s Wedding Ring
- Bride’s Gift
- Groomsmans’ Gift
- Flowers (some)
- Officiant’s Fee
- Marriage License
Of course, there are some couples that choose to pay for everything themselves without the help of family and/or friends; or there are some couples that only one set of parents pay for everything.
I’ve done a LOT of research on this particular topic for our “Wedding Planning Guide” and I want to share that research with you. So, I’m going to attach a few handy-dandy FREE printables for you to use.
Whatever you decide for a budget…remember; your wedding is only a one-day thing. I would encourage you to allow more for your stationery (people keep things!), food, photography & music (dancing!). Those are the things that you & your guests will remember the most.
Budget Worksheet Printable:Budget Worksheet
Who’s Paying Printable: Paying
Budget Guide Page Printable: Wedding Guide