1. Feed the Pig
You’ve probably heard the government talk about “feeding the pig” meaning to save money. When you are planning a wedding, you truly need to “feed the pig” well in advance. The average wedding costs are north of $20,000. This section will help you to plan your budget and to stay within it.
2. Budget for $25,000
Below is an example of what we recommend to spend % on portions of your wedding. It’s amazing how fast that $25,000 goes.
Remember, you can always adjust this to what fits you best! Click here to download your own personal wedding budget planner as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
Food and drinks make up a large chunk of wedding costs.
Your memories and permanent record of the big day. Pick a pro in the know.
Your ceremony musician sets the tone for the wedding. Your entertainment choice at the reception can make it memorable for the right or wrong reasons. Do NOT go frugal here.
The wedding gown, the tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses. It can all add up fast. Use caution
You have to get to the church and reception somehow. Classic limo? Stretch hummer? Portland Metro? Don’t spend too much money here if you can help it.
Flowers are beautiful but will only last for a few days at best. Be smart about the flowers you buy and capture the most “visual” aspect of your wedding at a reasonable cost.
Ohhh boy! Lots of little extras to consider. Don’t overdo it here or you will be paying high interest on small items for years to come.
Invitations can get expensive and fast. Use the KISS method here.