1) Figure Out Who's Contributing
Establish who is contributing and to which attribute of the wedding they would like to contribute.
Once you have an estimate of how much “others” are contributing, begin to focus on how much you can realistically and comfortably afford to spend.
3) The next important step is estimating your guest count.
Your guest count will not only effect your budget but will determine your two largest costs; your venue size and how much food and alcohol you will need. Your guests count will also determine how much you need to spend on wedding favors, table and chair rentals, invitations, and how much cake will need to be served.
4) Next, you’ll want to decide you and your partners priorities.
Which aspects of the wedding is most important to you both? Do you want to spend more on drinks or a large meal? Is your décor a vital aspect or is the guest experience more important? Do you want a large venue that is all-inclusive, or do you want to DIY your wedding to show your personal style?
Once you have decided where and how much you want to spend the most, then you can start focusing on the remainder of your budget and focus on the other aspects of your wedding.
5) Wedding Research
With any wedding planning, there is a lot of hidden costs and costs you may not have realized exist until now. So be sure to place them in your budget. Here are a few examples of charges that may be brought to you.
6) Lastly “Calculate Your Findings”
After exploring all of the above, it is now time to put your budget into prospective. You can now estimate your idealistic wedding budget and categorize each aspect of your wedding.