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October 29, 2020

Budgeting for a Wedding

One of the most difficult parts of wedding planning for many couples is figuring out a budget. There are so many things that need to be included in a wedding budget and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how much to allot to each line item. Of course, as a florist I think flowers are one of the most important expenses for your wedding! They can heighten the romance, look and theme of any space.

Flowers also add value in more ways than one. While they certainly make the space more beautiful day-of, flowers also add romance and beauty to your wedding photos, which you’ll get to cherish for years to come. But like anything when it comes to wedding planning, how much you budget for certain things is highly variable. It can vary based on personal preference of the couple, season, guest count, location, and so much more! 

This image showcases the beauty flowers can add to your wedding photos for years to come/

Budgeting Steps

There are a few steps you should take before trying to figure out a budget for your wedding. First, and most importantly: figure out how much money you have to spend. You can categorize and plan as much as you want but it won’t matter if you don’t know how much you are working with. Then after that, you should sit down and figure out a rough estimate of your headcount. Most things, such as catering or chair rentals and even centerpieces, will vary depending on how many guests you have. 

From there it would be helpful to make a list of all the budget categories you need to tackle. Online budget calculators are helpful for this as they tend to list all the categories in neat segments. Choose which of these are most important to you as a couple, as this will help you allocate your funds. Of course, some costs you just can’t cheapen or avoid, but it would be helpful to know you must haves. You can draft up a rough budget using preliminary research and estimations based on your numbers, which will then help you determine how much you have to spend on extras. 

Budget Breakdown

Image is a pie chart showing percentage breakdowns of budget categories.

There are some general numbers floated around in the wedding industry as far as percentage breakdown of your budget. By far the largest expense for your wedding is typically going to be your venue and catering. Generally, it’s recommended to spend about 40% on venue and catering, 10-15% on photography, 5-10% on music, 10-20% on flowers and the remaining for other things such as décor, attire and cake. Of course, these are rough guidelines that are highly variable. They will depend greatly on your budget and desires for each of these categories. 

As I mentioned above, one of the most important parts of planning a budget is prioritizing what is important to you. We see a lot of people then shift their budget percentages and spending allowances based on their priorities. For example, there are brides who really want a designer dress, so they will do e-invites instead of custom stationary. As a florist, I see a lot of people who really love flowers prioritize having their peonies and garden roses, and cutting back on the open bar. 

Image shows what a bridal bouquet focusing on flowers looks like.

Budgets are very flexible, so choosing what is important to you, and then talking with your vendors is going to be one of the best ways to figure out what you need to spend and where. As your florist we can help you figure out a floral budget and how to get you the flowers you want while still sticking to your budget. 

Additional Resources

If you are looking for additional resources, the links below might be helpful! 

This link will take you to a more detailed guide to wedding budgeting, and includes some helpful tips!

Clicking here will take you to a wedding cost estimator. It’s based on where you’re getting married, the style of your wedding and how many guests you’re expecting. 

This link will take you to a helpful calculator and guide.

Websites such as Zola, The Knot and Wedding Wire are also great resources for looking at real budgets. They are also helpful resources for vendors, tips, and articles. Like I’ve said before, unfortunately there is no one-size-fits-all for budgeting for a wedding. But, the internet, recently-married friends, and your vendors are all great places to look for help!

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