From the reception and all the little details of your wedding, a wedding budget breakdown is always of good help in organizing a wedding within the limited money that a couple have. Whether you have Php200k, Php100k, or Php50k as a wedding budget, with a keen budgeting, and some money-saving techniques, you can always have the wedding that you wanted.
In your wedding to do list, you may have all read and researched a lot of tips and advices for how to save money, how to have a budget wedding, and even how to stick to a budget. The question is how to figure out what that budget is in the first place?
Here is how you can use a sample wedding budget breakdown for having a wedding that you had always dreamed of:
- Who will contribute to the budget?
This involves having a very clear discussion with all the members of your family. You must know who is paying for what. Different approaches can be used in determining the initial budget for the wedding. You must ask the groom’s and the bride’s families to settle on a particular amount and then add all the contributions for creating a budget. Another option is asking your loved ones to cover the expenses of a particular part of the wedding like souvenirs and invitations.
- Cost Considerations
You and your partner may have savings of your own you want to put toward your wedding expenses. Decide at the beginning how much of this you want to spend on your special day. Knowing what your actual resources are and what your married financial goals will be will help keep your wedding planning in the right track. Honest exchanges about the meaning and scope of your day will ensure that you stay on track, and using all available planning resources can help you make the most of whatever budget you may set. Be cautious as you plan your wedding budget. Seek advice from friends, family and professionals.
- Size Matters
The size of your guest list will greatly affect your wedding budget. For that reason, changing the size of the guest list is one of the best methods of increasing or decreasing the wedding costs. It is much better to keep your number on the conservative side; then, if there’s room in the budget or you end up having more space than you thought you would, add later on.
- Set The Setting
Some towns and cities tend to be more expensive in comparison to others. Tourist venues can also increase the wedding budget, especially during the peak seasons. When you’re trying to save money on your wedding, it helps to compare your choices. At the same time, remember that your venue will set the tone for your celebration. Finding a suitable wedding venue is a tough task, research a lot before making the final decision.
- Time Is Up!
Weekends, holidays, highly sought after days and seasons of the year tend to be more expensive for some obvious reasons. If you want to get married during the most in-demand time, the price of everything will be substantially higher than if you were to get married during a less popular time. Is staying within a certain budget your number one priority? If so, then choosing an off-peak date and time would be a great option for you. If you have some flexibility with your budget, then you can shop around with vendors to see how much their rates vary from date to date. There are many different factors to consider when choosing your wedding date. While budget and convenience are huge, you shouldn’t sacrifice too much in order to make your dream wedding come true. Find a happy balance between budget, timing, convenience and availability for all your vendors and guests and you’ll be set to marry on the perfect day.
- Your Wedding Style
Compared to casual ones, formal weddings are pricier because you need to match the musical entertainment, food and site to the upscale tone of the wedding.
You may use this Wedding Budget Breakdown as follows:
Buffets cut down on the amount of staff needed to serve dishes. Meats are pricier at certain times of the year; advise your caterer that you’ll consider those that will be available at a good price when your wedding takes place.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO- 12%
You might only need one person taking photos if it’s a small wedding. Cutting a second and third shooter from the list can save.
You can choose to have professional video only at your ceremony; this will save you hundred of dollars.
RECEPTION AND CEREMONY- 9%
Holding your reception in the same location as your ceremony is an easy way to save cost of transportation and decoration
A Friday night or Sunday afternoon or evening booking can be a big savings over an expensive Saturday night costs. Prices are lower during the months of December through March, and can add up to $40 to $50 less per guest.
A few advices on how to cut costs for flowers:
- Aisle flowers can become centerpieces and altar pieces can be moved to the buffet table. It is not practical to see so many flowers only being used for a little amount of time when they could easily be incorporated into the reception décor.
- A good florist can design spectacular arrangements out of inexpensive flowers. Chrysanthemums and carnations are inexpensive, and when arranged in abundance, they create striking bouquets.
- For a summer wedding, instead of having high-priced roses, pick a readily available flower, such as sunflowers, for your feature flower. You can also cut costs by growing and harvesting blooms from your own garden and incorporating them into your centerpieces. Or, instead of choosing bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, combine your favorite flowers to create eye-catching wrist corsages or hair accessories.
– Make the most of in-season prices by visiting local farmers markets. Before hitting the market, have a good idea of your color scheme, budget, and the kind of flowers you would like.
- Consider alternatives to fresh flowers for ways to cut costs.
- Let your florist source local blooms. Flowers from nearby farms are more affordable because you won’t have to pay expensive shipping fees and they’ll always be fresher.
A piece of advice: Check out local bands that haven’t made it big yet. Or, if you have a friend or family member who is a musician, try asking them to perform during reception hour. It adds a nice personal touch. DRESSES- 8%
Don’t overindulge on expensive wedding shoes if your gown will cover them completely. Save that money for your dress and accessories. Shop on holiday sales, after-holiday sales, clearance racks, and search online for coupon codes or promotions for free shipping or discounts.
You may borrow a necklace, bracelet or earrings from the women in your family.
Buy shoes that you’ll wear again for work or date night.
Look in your closet. If you own something that works – why spend money on something new?
- You can often score discounts through trunk shows, usually around 10%. Plus, the designer’s representative may be open to marking down certain alteration charges. (Try checking at bridal salons’ and specific designers’ Web sites for dates; many post them under an events tab.)
- Usually, you can find designer gowns for 25 to 50 percent off by hitting at sample sales. The downside is that most sales are stocked with only sample sizes, which are bridal 8 and 10 (typically ready-to-wear 6 and 8). Note: Most gowns can be altered down one or two sizes but up just one size.
- Place your order 8 to 12 months in advance to avoid rush fees, which can run as much as a third of the price of the dress. Note to remember: The more handwork (embroidery, beading) a gown has, the pricier it will be, and the longer it will take to get made.
It has become acceptable to send an invitation by email. You could send an email invitation that includes pictures, accommodation information, and even a video of the bride and groom. This is a great idea for an economical but creative couple.
CAKE – 2%
If you are having more than 200 guests, ask for a display cake that only feeds 200 people. Use inexpensive sheet cakes in the back to feed the extra guests. No one will know the difference!
OFFICIANT – 1%
If you book your officiant through your church, you may ask to have pre-marital counseling fees waived. A lot will do this to support couples to take the counseling sessions.
- You may choose to have a friend or family member conduct the wedding for free.
HAIR AND MAKE UP – 1%
If brides would decide on paying for the hair and makeup of the whole entourage in order to get a consistent look for everyone, then it is best for them to survey for group discounts. Salons usually slash their rates or give discounts depending on the number of people being serviced.
TUX – 1%
Most often stores will give the groom a discounted or free rental when the rest of the men rent their tuxes from the same shop.
MISCELLANEOUS – 2%
Items like attendant gifts, toasting glasses, garter, other decors, flower basket can be assigned to a trusted relative or friend. Make sure to also make a checklist of miscellaneous items needed on wedding and talk it to the person who’s assigned for it.
Avoid shopping without a budget, and don’t look at rings far outside that budget. Compare only those items that are within your price range.
Ensure that you see multiple setting styles and stone sizes and shapes before deciding, if at all possible, take a few notes or pictures and come back some other time. Take your time so you know what’s out there and how much it costs. Giving yourself a month or two will allow you to browse, compare, and consider all the options below while being stress-free.
If your budget isn’t big, consider a pawn shop or jewelry reseller to get something pretty without spending a lot. You’re not likely to find enormous rocks here, but many resellers have a good selection of simple rings.
Avoid buying during the holiday season; prices are much higher in this time.
PLANNER – 1%
Wedding planners can help you make the most out of your budget and assign it properly. If budget is already stretched out you can ask for a modified service if you do not see what you need on the planner’s initial price list. You may also consider a day-of coordinator.
TRANSPORTATION – 1%
Consider a transportation alternative. You may use a school bus, wagon, bicycles, fire truck, horses, or even tractors. Not only are these generally more affordable but they are also more fun and memorable!
FAVORS – 1%
Search for wholesale deals; favors like candies, candles, and packaging are excellent candidates to find at low prices in large quantities.
You may print out favorite recipe, song, or quote as couples on pretty cards along with a message of thanks as favors.
Look for stuffs on sites like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, and compare those prices with local vendors to find the best deals.
Note: The percentages given is just a sample projection based from interviews done. It may vary depending on the couple’s priorities and budget. Please also refer to other budget recommendations to determine the perfect budget formula for you and your wedding.
Once you have these percentages figured out for your budget, you can then adjust everything according to what matters more to you and add in other things that you need. If you want to stick to your budget, it definitely helps to have guidelines, do your research and plan ahead! While having a wedding budget breakdown worked out is important, helpful, and completely necessary in your wedding to do list, it is also important is that you and your partner end up somewhere with all of your loved ones, committing yourselves to each other, and starting a marriage.
First published : YTLWeddings