Sticking to Your Wedding Budget

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Now that The Everygirl’s annual Wedding Week is in full swing, we want to discuss the wedding topic most brides-to-be dread the most—finances.

When it comes down to it, weddings are expensive—the average wedding in the US now costs around $30,000! And no matter how talented you are at DIY projects or how budget-conscious you are, wedding expenses can quickly add up. Not only are there the necessary expenses, like venues and caterers, but you also incur other costs, such as coordination, officiant’s fees, transportation for guests, and gratuities. All of these costs quickly add up and can make even the most level-headed, organized bride feel flustered.

We know that many of you who are married or engaged are financially savvy, so we want to know about how you kept to a wedding budget. Did you have a specific budget you needed or wanted to adhere to? What wedding expenses were important to you and worth spending more money on? Which ones did you save on? Did choose an unconventional venue or vendors to keeps costs down? What expenses did you incur that you weren’t prepared for? Please share with us any and all of your budgeting techniques for other Everygirls out there who are about to walk down the aisle!

photo by Ari Moshayedi

  • Janeen

    First, my fiance and I spoke with our parents to find out exactly what they were willing and able to help us with. In addition to that, we came up with a number that we were comfortable putting aside every pay period. When we added everything up that was our budget and we’ve been trying very hard to stick to it. The worst thing you can do is rely on credit cards. The expenses will add up and after your wedding, you’ll be stuck with newlywed debt! OUCH!