I once did an interview with one of the business magazines in Quebec about how not to go broke getting married! We’re now well into February and as you plan your wedding for this year, or next, keep in mind your budget and how much you can afford to spend on your big day.
If you are in Montreal, planning a 100-guest wedding, and have a budget of $30,000, use these general wedding budget guidelines to help you and your partner to discuss how much you want to spend for your wedding nuptials.
Of course, these are just guidelines, not all brides and grooms will have the same percentage breakdown. Because there are no single brides and grooms who are the same, you all naturally care about different things. Some brides and grooms absolutely will not do without a videographer, while others will tell you that they will probably never watch their wedding video more than once or twice so they will not budget in videography.
Here’s a tip, create a new excel sheet, make two columns: MUST HAVE and DO WITHOUT. Start by rating each item from 1 to 5, 1 being the most important, a MUST HAVE and 5 being, not so important so things you can DO WITHOUT. For example, you might want to opt for cupcakes instead of a fully decorated 3-tier cake, so your budget for the cake category might go from 3% of your budget to 2%, leaving you $300 more to spend in another category that is more important to you, one that you rated 1.
To help you get started, we have put together a simple excel sheet for you!
Happy Wedding Planning!