In today’s Wedding Wednesdays Q&A we’re talking about your wedding budget: We just got engaged and we’re starting to dive into all the planning, but we’re a little unsure about the wedding budget. My number is different than my fiancé’s and we’re not sure what to do about that. How do we know what the right budget is? Help, please!
1. First, list out what you want and rank what is important to you (start separately, then share). This will give you an idea of what you each are thinking and allow you to come up with a list together. You may have to compromise, but it will be good practice for your marriage.
2. Come up with your scary number. This is the dollar amount that gives you a heart attack and is what you absolutely do not want to spend.
3. Figure out the range that you are comfortable spending to get the wedding you want. Having a range gives you the flexibility to splurge on the items you really care about if needed. This will also help you to compromise and bring your numbers together.
4. After you have your range, come up with your ideal number (that is also realistic) that you will shoot for within your range. This will become your goal budget and the number you’ll use to plan going forward.
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