Keep Track Of Wedding Expenses
The average wedding cost has risen in the past few years, but with careful planning and keeping a sharp eye out on the little things that add up, anyone planning to throw a wedding can keep on budget. One tip to manage wedding expenses is to create a spreadsheet. A spreadsheet can track all the costs and figures that come with wedding planning, from venues, caterers, flowers, dresses, and even favors.
The figure for an average wedding cost is about $24,000 to $28,000. These figures can fluctuate depending on location, with cities being more expensive than smaller towns. Budget conscious wedding planners need to watch where the money is going and by using a spreadsheet, can get rid of items that add to the cost but not the value of the wedding.
A traditional wedding usually consists of a location for the ceremony, a reception hall, DJ or band, transportation, flowers, attire, jewelry, caterer, drinks, cake, photographer, invitations, decorations, and favors. Little things like adding a certain flower to bouquets, seat covers, getting a videographer, and having music played at the ceremony, can add up and make expenses soar.
Of course a wedding is about sharing a commitment of love with friends and family. For those who want to tighten the reigns on spending, remember that most of the things that can add up will be forgotten after the wedding. Friends and family are there to congratulate and enjoy time together, and not worry that the flowers were not roses but chrysanthemums.
Here are a few tips to lowering expenses and still have a wonderful wedding. Opt to have a buffet instead of individual plating. Many people like this option because they can have more than one meal, and go up for seconds. Eliminate the photographer and have people take photos and send the film or photos via email. Instead of sending out paper invitations, send out digital invites. If someone can bake, ask them to make the cake, paying them for their efforts will be less expensive than having to pay a bakery. Remember that this is not about how expensive or lavish everything is, but rather to celebrate a union.