Creating a Budget before Choosing a Wedding Venue
Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life. You want the day to be perfect, but it’s important to not go overboard on the budget. Creating a budget and sticking to it will help you make decisions throughout the wedding planning process. Today in the Rocky Mount Event Center blog, we’ll give you some tips on creating a wedding budget.
Wedding Venue and Reception
Typically, the biggest cost for your wedding will be the wedding venue and the reception. This is going to be where most of the celebration is held, so you want to dedicate more budget to this. Your wedding venue is something that you don’t want to skimp on.
Once you’ve set aside enough of your budget for your wedding venue and reception, it’s time to decide what other aspects of the wedding will matter most to you. Here are a couple of factors you should be considering:
Live Band or DJ
You’ll need to have music at your reception, and usually your best options are either a live band or a DJ. Typically, a DJ will be less expensive, and they won’t need as much space as a live band. If you’re looking to save a little money, a DJ might be a better option.
Flowers and Decorations
Of course, you want your reception and wedding venue to look beautiful on the big day. Flowers and decorations help to give your wedding a theme or match the color you’ve chosen. You can go extravagant with these decorations, or you can choose something more low-key if you’re looking to save some money.
Photography and Video
You’ll definitely want a professional to be there to document your big day. They’ll be able to capture beautiful memories for you to cherish for years to come. Although photography can sometimes be a bit expensive, it’s more than worth it in the long run.
Food and Beverages
Finally, you’ll have to consider your food options. Most of the time, a wedding venue will also offer in-house catering. This is typically the easiest and best choice. The catering chef can work with you to make a menu that meets your budgeting needs. You’ll also need to decide whether you want to have an open bar or not, as this can make a big difference in price.