Tips from the Pros: An Affair to Remember

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 01:38 PM.

After getting my degree in event management I started working for an Affair to Remember. Flash forward to present time I've now been a wedding planner for six years. Being a wedding planner is a fabulous job that's always bringing something new to the plate. After six years and planning my own wedding, I have a few tips that may help you while planning your wedding.

Set a budget
The first thing you need to do is set a budget. Sit down with your finance and your family and come up with a budget. This way you have a goal to stick to. If you don't set a budget you will spend more than you ever thought you could. Also be realistic, the average cost of a wedding is from $25,000-$30,000. You should be spending a certain percentage on each vendor.

Reception (Food, Beverages, Rentals, and Site): 40 percent to 50 percent
Flowers: 10 percent
Photography/Videography: 10 percent
Bride's and groom's attire: 5 percent to 10 percent
Music: 5 percent to 10 percent
Planner or Coordinator: 10 percent to 15 percent
Miscellaneous (Favors, Transportation, Etc.): 10 percent
Cushion: 5 percent to 15 percent

There are many websites that offer budget friendly tools:

Wedding Wire has a great Wedding Budget tracker.

The Knot Wedding Budgeter.

Make a guest list:
The amount of people you are inviting to your wedding will be a huge factor to your budget. You should have your fiance, fiance's parents, your parents and yourself make lists. After you combined them, sit down and go over them together. You don't want to leave a family member out on accident. Also, If you have always dreamed of a venue, photographer, etc. but it is out of your budget you may be able to cut back on your guest list and make this happen.



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