For today’s Wedding-Talk Wednesday post, I figured I’d talk about the budget.
To be honest, we didn’t really set a budget. Sounds like a bad idea right? Well, not so much. We have a MASSIVE spreadsheet breaking down our costs, how much we’ve spent, how much we still have to spend, and who’s contributing what.
We also have a “We don’t want to spend more than $x on _____” system. For example, I didn’t want to spend more that $1,200 on photography, $1,200 on my dress (which my Mom is paying half for, Thanks Mom!), or $800 on the DJ. I got all of those UNDER my limit – Woo! We also didn’t really want to spend more than $20/person for dinner at the reception, which we got under out limit. (Roast beef buffet with all the trimmings by a FAB caterer!) We’re also going to be “classy” and have a “Toonie” bar (That’s $2 for you Americans, lol). We buy the booze and all beer and highballs are $2 each. Much cheaper than having an open bar, and easier on our guest’s wallets.
Our ceremony and reception venues are also relatively inexpensive. The ceremony location is owned by the local heritage society and the reception location is a City-owned community hall. We chose the community hall because we could have whoever we wanted to cater, and we could avoid the high-liquor costs for our guests. (Kyle and I attended a wedding where drinks were $6-$8 because the venue provided the liquor!)
How do you budget a big event? (Such as a vacation or wedding)