Guide to Calculating Your Wedding Costs

The True Cost of Weddings

Wedding costs: two words that can send shivers down the spine of any bride-to-be! We get it - planning your dream wedding can be overwhelming, especially when you're working with a budget. But don't worry - we're here to help!

Your wedding day should be one of the happiest and most magical days of your life, and we believe that budgeting and managing wedding costs shouldn't get in the way of that.

In this article, we'll guide you through a step-by-step process for calculating your total wedding costs, so you can create the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.

So please sit back, grab a cup of tea (or a glass of bubbly!), and let's get started!

Determining Your Wedding Priorities

Alright, let's talk about what really matters - your wedding priorities!

What's got you super stoked for the big day? Is it the venue, the food, the music, the flowers, or the photos? Or maybe it's all of the above!

Whatever it is, figuring out your top priorities is key to creating a wedding that's totally you and you are spending on the most important things. So, let's get to brainstorming!

We're here to help you map out your priorities and plan your budget accordingly. Whether you're dreaming of a fancy-schmancy ballroom or a chill garden shindig, we've got your back.

So, let's do this thing and make your wedding dreams come true!

What to consider when setting your wedding budget

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty of wedding costs and planning - setting your budget and prioritising your expenses. When it comes to budgeting, it's important to start with a realistic number that you and your partner are comfortable with.

Consider your current financial situation, and don't forget to account for any contributions from family members. Once your budget is set, it's time to break it down into categories.

Take a look at your wedding priorities and allocate funds accordingly. We recommend focusing on the big-ticket items first, such as your venue and catering, and then working your way down the list.

Don't forget to leave some wiggle room in case unexpected expenses pop up!

When it comes to prioritising expenses, think about what's most important to you and your partner. Do you want to splurge on your dream venue or invest in a top-notch photographer? Maybe you want to keep things simple and focus on the food and drinks. Whatever you decide, make sure it reflects your values and priorities as a couple.

By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to creating a wedding that's both beautiful and budget-friendly

Building a Wedding Budget

Ready to start planning your dream wedding? Woohoo!

First things first - let's talk about budgeting. Yes, we know, it's not the most glamorous part of wedding planning, but it's super important. And don't worry, it doesn't have to be a total snooze-fest! Think of it like a treasure hunt - you're on the hunt for the perfect balance between a fabulous wedding and a reasonable budget.

Start by deciding how much you want to spend overall. This will help you determine how much you can allocate to each category of expenses.

Then comes the fun part - figuring out what you want to prioritise. Are you dreaming of a grand venue, a luxurious honeymoon, or combining both with a destination wedding? Do you want to go all out on food and drinks, or keep things simple and DIY? Whatever your priorities, make sure you allocate your funds accordingly. And don't forget to factor in those pesky little expenses - postage, gratuities, and other miscellaneous costs can sneak up on you.

Our top tip? Use a wedding planning checklist to ensure you don't miss a thing! By taking the time to build a budget that works for you, you'll be able to enjoy your special day without any financial stress. So let's get started on this treasure hunt - we promise, the treasure at the end is totally worth it!

Estimating Individual Wedding Costs

We know that wedding costs they can add up quickly, so we're here to help you estimate the costs of each individual aspect of your big day.

Venue Rental Costs and fees: Let's kick things off with one of the big wedding costs - venue rental costs and fees. This is where you'll be saying "I do," so it's important to find a place that fits your style and budget.

When looking for a venue, consider things like the location, size, and time of year. And don't forget to factor in those extra fees for things like catering or cleaning - those sneaky little costs can add up fast!

Our advice? Read the fine print and ask plenty of questions before you sign on the dotted line. But most importantly, choose a venue that feels like home and makes you feel like a rockstar on your big day. You got this!

Food and Drinks: Let's talk about everyone's favourite part of a wedding - the food and drinks!

Whether you're going for a fancy sit-down dinner or a chill buffet, you'll want to factor in the cost of catering and any alcohol you plan to serve. Yum! Don't forget some bubbles to make the toast.

Some venues may offer in-house catering, while others may require you to hire an outside caterer. Just remember, it's not all about the main course - don't forget to factor in those sweet treats like cake, dessert, and non-alcoholic drinks too.

It's all about making sure your guests are well-fed and well-hydrated (and let's be real, having a good time on the dance floor). So go ahead, treat yo' self to some delicious wedding noms!

Photography and videography: These are the memories you'll cherish for a lifetime, so it's important to hire someone you trust to capture them.

When estimating these costs, consider factors like the length of time you'll need the photographer/videographer, the number of photos/footage you want, and any additional services like albums or prints.

Music and entertainment: Let's get this party started! When it comes to music and entertainment expenses, you want to make sure you and your guests are having the time of your lives on the dance floor.

Whether you want a DJ or a live band, make sure you factor in the cost of hiring someone to keep the party going. And don't forget to consider those little extras like lighting and sound equipment - you want to make sure everyone can hear those epic dance tunes!

It's all about creating a fun and unforgettable atmosphere for you and your guests. So let's get ready to bust a move and dance the night away!

Attire and beauty: Get ready to be the star of the show! When it comes to what you are wearing for the big day and beauty expenses, it's all about making sure you feel like a million bucks on your big day.

From your gorgeous dress to your fabulous hair and makeup, you want to make sure every detail is on point. Don't forget to budget for these important details, including the cost of the dress or suit, whether you are hiring or buying, any alterations needed, accessories like shoes, hats and veils, hair and makeup trials, and any additional beauty treatments you want for the day, think nails, spray tan, waxing.

Whether you're going for a classic or bold and daring look, it's all about feeling confident and beautiful as you walk down that aisle. So go ahead, treat yo' self to that amazing wedding outfit and rock it like the superstar you are!

Décor and rental: Let's get this place looking fabulous! Regarding décor, it's all about creating that perfect ambience for your big day.

From the fresh flowers to the lighting, every little detail counts.

Depending on your wedding style, these expenses can add up quickly. Consider things like the number of tables, chairs, and linens you'll need, as well as any extra rentals like lighting, centrepieces, or other decorations you would like included.

Remember, your wedding day should be a reflection of you and your partner's unique style and personality.

So, let's put our creative hats on and create a stunning environment that will make your guests say "wow and create your fairytale wedding!

Transportation: Time to hit the road! Getting to the wedding and reception in style. Whether you're planning to ride in a limo, a vintage car, or even a horse-drawn carriage, you'll need to factor in the cost of both getting there and onto your reception.

Take into consideration potential traffic or parking issues.

You'll also want to make sure you have a plan for your guests - will they be driving themselves, or will you arrange transportation for them? When estimating these costs, consider factors like the distance between your ceremony and reception locations, the number of guests, and the mode of transportation.

Accomodation: Will you or your guests need accommodation at the venue.

Honeymoon: Time to relax and unwind! After all the excitement of the wedding day, it's time to jet off on your honeymoon adventure. Whether you're dreaming of a tropical beach getaway or a cozy cabin in the mountains, planning your honeymoon can be a big expense. So, if this is a priority for you, it's important to factor it into your budget from the get-go.

Consider things like travel costs, accommodations, meals, and activities. And don't forget those little extras like travel insurance or souvenirs to remember your amazing trip. But hey, who says you have to break the bank to have an unforgettable honeymoon?

There are plenty of affordable options out there that will still give you that dreamy, romantic experience you're looking for. So, let's plan that perfect post-wedding getaway and create some amazing memories together!

Stationery and Miscellaneous: From invitations to wedding favors, these little details can add up quickly. When estimating these costs, consider factors like the number of invitations you need, the cost of postage, and the cost of any additional stationery items like programs, seating plans, order of service or menus.

By estimating the costs of each individual aspect of your wedding, you'll be able to create a budget that works for you and your partner. So let's get started on this budgeting journey - we're here to help you every step of the way.

Calculating Your Total Wedding Cost

Are you ready to do some wedding math? We're here to help you figure out your total wedding cost without any stress or headaches.

First things first, it's time to take a look at all of your estimated wedding expenses. This includes everything from the venue rental to the floral arrangements to the DJ or band. Make a list of each expense (spreadsheet can help) and estimate how much you'll spend on each item.

Once you've got your list, it's time to add up all of those estimated expenses to get your total budget. This will give you a clear idea of how much money you'll need to pull off the wedding of your dreams. Also, identify where you could make savings and make sure you are spending the money on the things you think are the highest priority to yourselves.

Don't worry if you're not a math whiz it isn't that hard.

Final thoughts on managing wedding costs

Congratulations, you've made it to the end of our guide to managing and calculating your wedding costs like a pro!

I hope we have armed you with all the tips and tricks you need to plan the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. Understand the different wedding costs you might come across.

Remember, the key to staying on budget is all about prioritising what's most important to you and finding creative ways to save where you can. So, don't be afraid to think outside the box and make your wedding uniquely yours.

Whether you're going for a classic ceremony or a more unconventional celebration, you can make it happen within your budget.

We want your special day to be everything you've ever dreamed of and more. So, get started on planning the wedding of your dreams and making some unforgettable memories together!