Weddings vary widely in how expensive they can be. Ultimately, it’s up to you – although typically, if you want a traditional wedding, there are a couple of large expenses that will be expected. Here are a couple of things you should prepare for.
The venue can range widely in cost, depending on what you want to do. The cheapest will likely be a church wedding. Some churches might charge a fee, but others will be free. That is going to depend on what church or churches you and your future spouse have a spiritual or cultural connection to. Beyond that, most venues are going to cost a pretty penny – even more so if they are nicer, larger, and in high demand during the wedding season. Start looking for a venue as soon as the date is decided to compare locations and prices generously. You’re going to need to decide on a budget before anything else.
Some people who are looking to cut some financial corners might think about cutting catering from their wedding entirely. It is highly recommended that you do not do this. Wedding guests come with the expectation that they will be fed generously to ensure that everyone is satisfied. Showing up at a wedding that starts around dinnertime only to discover that only desserts are being served is never a pleasant experience. Start looking for tasty caterers early on (although you don’t need to have it figured out before the invitations like you probably do with the venue). How much you pay will be proportionate to how high-end the food is – although food doesn’t need to be high-end to be delicious and filling. A venue that offers catering means one less thing to plan for.
The Details and Ambience
Most weddings are looking to have a kind of aesthetic. That can include (but is not limited to) the flowers, dress code, decorations, furnishings, and music. These can add up pretty quickly, especially if you’re looking for stuff of decent quality. Talk to your future spouse to figure out which of these different details is going to be most important to you both. Know when to save a few bucks and know when to spend a little extra in order to get quality material.
Every wedding is distinct. Some people may not even want a traditional wedding and prefer instead to elope – and that’s certainly cheaper. But there’s nothing wrong with spending a little bit more to get the wedding that you always dreamed of.
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