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How Do I Set a Wedding Budget?

Amid the soaring excitement of planning the perfect day, there’s one thing that can bring you back down to earth: budget. You’ve probably never planned a wedding before, so you might not even have a frame of reference for the kinds of costs you’re going to incur. This article brings together an assortment of Tampa area wedding experts to offer some advice for setting a wedding budget.

The first thing to do is decide on what type of wedding to have: location, size, formality, etc. You can then consult wedding guides to get an idea for what this type of wedding typically costs. Hiring a wedding planner, of course, can make this all go much more smoothly.

Whatever your budget, you’re probably going to have to make some sacrifices. Discuss with your partner your must-haves, your kinda-wants, and your can-do-withouts. Then figure out who is going to pay for it all and how. You don’t want to start your marriage off with heavy debt. You’ll want to save money wherever you can, but don’t always choose the cheapest option. Do your research, read reviews, and take note of all services provided. Finally, plan for the unexpected. Set aside a small amount for costs you didn’t anticipate, because there will be a few.

Check out all of the advice from wedding planners, venues, florists, and more here.