Building a wedding budget can be one of the most intimidating—and stress-inducing—parts of wedding planning. You want to spend 24 hours a day being happy and excited and celebrating, but when you start seeing numbers with way more zeros than you'd ever dreamed, it can really put a damper on that post-engagement glow. Which is why arming yourself with information before starting to collect quotes—or setting your heart on any one of wedding venue, florist or caterer—is key to managing expectations. We tapped some of the top pros in the industry to share their top wedding budgert wisdom.
"Couples should think about guest count and the kind of experience they want for their wedding and guests. Prioritize certain non-negotiables—if you prefer a larger party versus a small and intimate experience, and if you want a wedding weekend of activities." —Leslie Mastin Events
"There are quite a few unexpected costs couples should be aware of before finalizing on a backyard wedding. Keep in mind, you have to bring in all power, water, restroom trailers, etc. All of this is completely doable, but I advise couples to prioritize their budget accordingly beforehand." —Fox Events