Wedding Budget

by : George Meszaros

Your budget will have an effect on practically everything in your wedding. Everything from the number of people you can invite, the location of your reception, the food that is served is going to be influenced by your budget. Don't think of your budget as a bad thing. Look at it objectively not emotionally.

A budget doesn't just happen. You have to plan it carefully. Without a carefully planned budget, your journey to plan the perfect wedding could quickly turn into a nightmare. Whether you are planning a wedding hosted in your backyard or a formal event with 500 guests, you are going to have to deal with a budget.

You should start with an amount that you or your parents can afford. If it is $15,000, but you want a wedding that will cost at least $30,000 you have a lot of work ahead of you. You may not have enough to for everything that you can imagine, but you may have enough for the essentials.

Don't start shopping before you have your budget. You should, however, do your homework. Research how much everything costs as you work on your budget. Your budget should include items that you must purchase or pay for and items that may be substituted without expense. If you may be able to have a friend video your wedding, it may be a great way to cut costs. If you have to have your reception at a reception hall, you know from the beginning that it is an expense that cannot be compromised.

You have to know what are the must haves in your wedding and how much you are willing to pay for it. Don't meet with a reception venue manager or a caterer before your budget is set. It is not wise to try to come up with your budget as you go.

The most important concept for you to keep in mind that you will find everything that you need for almost any budget. It may require a lot of work, but if you are willing to do the research you can make it happen.