The first time I heard about any kind of wedding budget craziness was when I was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding. She told me about the cake cutting fee the caterer’s included in their bill. “Cake cutting fee?” I said. “What else are you going to do with the cake? Throw it?”
I like to think of the cake cutting fee as a glimpse into the world of wedding expenses. If it’s associated with a wedding, it’s going to be more expensive than anything else like it. Plus, you are throwing a huge party–that in itself is expensive. So a good wedding budget is essential. To start out with, I was kind of baffled. How do you even begin putting together a wedding budget? How much are flowers supposed to cost? Or tuxedo rentals? Or an organist? How can we have nice things at a reasonable price?
Thankfully, our wedding planner has a giant spreadsheet of budget awesomeness. It’s made me feel a lot better just knowing where we should start. Things can go up or down as we make firm plans, obviously, but it’s nice to know that we have real figure to work with.
In that vein, I love this wedding budgeting made simple video* from Suddenly Inspired. It’s fun, but also has a lot of common sense and a good basic breakdown of price percentages.
I also love Lindye’s point about picking your top 3 wedding must-haves as a focus for what you want to spend on. I think that’ll be a great tip to keep in mind as we select vendors.
*Update: Summer taught me how to embed Vimeo! Yet another reason to love Grey Likes Weddings.