A big fat wedding or even a simple wedding requires plenty of planning and lots of scanning so that the budget is managed properly. But what is the best way to ensure that each aspect gets the most proportionate piece of the pie? Breaking budget into a percentage or exact figure helps you to be more organized with your spending. This helps you steer clear of over expenditure in one department, which can make you scrimp in another. So here’s a quick set of tips to help you navigate the wedding expenditure game.
VENUE: At least 20 per cent of your wedding budget should be allocated for the wedding venue, as this is the space where you will be fitting in your guests. You should ensure that the venue is at an optimum distance from the homes of the bride and the groom. It should also be big enough to hold the wedding guest list. Also, you may want to look at the weather before you book an indoor or outdoor space.
DECORATION: Once you figure out the wedding venue, decorating it perfectly is of great importance. The venue is the shell that needs to be decorated in keeping with the bride and the groom. Therefore, your decorations should ideally enjoy 15 per cent of the total wedding budget, as this will create a visually appealing impact.
ENTERTAINMENT: 10 per cent of your wedding budget should go towards entertainment like the DJ and other performances, as this is what will keep your guests busy while you mix with all of them. This will also add the right ambience to the wedding, so you must take great care to listen to the music of the DJ or the band before hiring them for your wedding.
CATERING: The major part of the wedding budget needs to go towards the food. Therefore, catering should enjoy 30 per cent of the wedding budget. The guests usually come to enjoy the food, which also acts like fillers between the entertainment and socializing.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Who does not want some amazing memories of their big day? It would be worthwhile to allocate 10 per cent for the photographer and videographer who will capture all the moments from the most important day of your life. Again, it would be a good idea to view the work of the potential photographers before you decide which one would do justice to your vision and wedding theme.
INVITATIONS: 5 per cent of the wedding budget would ideally be enough for the invites as this can easily help you create the best artwork and source the best material for the same.
ATTIRE & MAKEUP: Your wardrobe and makeup would be one of the most important things along with the other aspects of the wedding. With about 5 per cent for this area, you will easily be able to get the very best for your wardrobe so that you can shine on your big day.
MISCELLANEOUS: There are a number of last minute things like accommodation for some guests along with transport and other such details. These should be taken care of so that there are no unpleasant surprises or shocks during your wedding. Always keep aside 5 per cent of our wedding budget for such things.
Your wedding would be more enjoyable if you plan it with a seamless distribution of the budget, well in advance. Remember to make the bookings on time so that you do not have to waste time and money on last minute dashes and variations.