The Couple’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of a Wedding Package
Congratulations, you’re engaged!
Right now, you’re ecstatic and excited to make your dream wedding come to life, but to do so would mean spending a significant sum. A wedding in the US costs $33,931 on average, according to The Knot’s 2018 Real Weddings Study. Excluding the honeymoon, here’s the breakdown of the overall wedding spending:
- Reception Venue: $15,439
- Photographer: $2,679
- Wedding/Event Planner: $2,002
- Reception Band: $4,247
- Reception DJ: $1,292
- Florist/Décor: $2,411
- Videographer: $2,021
- Wedding Dress: $1,631
- Groom Attire: $283
- Wedding Cake: $528
- Ceremony Venue: $2,382
- Ceremony Musicians: $797
- Officiant: $286
- Catering (price per person): $70
- Transportation: $856
- Favors: $245
- Rehearsal Dinner: $1,297
- Engagement Ring: $5,680
- Invitations: $386
- Hairstylist: $123
- Makeup Artist: $102
The reception venue takes the lion’s share of wedding expenses, consuming almost half of the budget, followed by the engagement ring and the reception band. The Knot adds that the average couple has 136 guests, putting the catering fee at a total of $9,520, with $70 price per person. You can use this information to know how to allocate your budget responsibly.
Use these top four most expensive wedding details as a basis when looking for a wedding package that can give you your money’s worth. For instance, you can book a venue that offers catering service and ceremony music as a package, so you can cut costs and save yourself the trouble of scouting multiple vendors.
But how much you spend will still comes down to what you want to prioritize in your wedding.
What to Look For in a Wedding Package
Some venues offer an all-inclusive wedding package, complete with wedding planning and coordination services, hair and makeup, ceremony musician, photography and video coverage, and basic decorations. But this means you can’t choose the vendors, since the establishment usually is in partnership with certain service providers. Also, you have to be certain about the venue since it’s a non-negotiable part of the package.
You can opt for a full-service wedding planning and coordination package instead to get more freedom in choosing the details of your ceremony. These packages offer assistance and consultation in wedding planning and budget setting, which can help lessen the stress of the entire process.
Splurge or Save?
Another strategy is to cherry-pick which aspects you want to splurge on and save where you can. Establish what your non-negotiables are, whether that means going for a large guest list, a venue you’re eyeing, an all-out, fancy buffet, or the dress of your dreams. Then you can save on the other details.
For example, you want an intimate Hawaii beach wedding. You may have to spend a lot more on the venue, but this allows you to limit the guest list since not everyone can fly out to the destination. An outdoor wedding also means you can trim your décor expenses to let the beauty of the destination shine. The small guest list also lets you opt for fancier food options because you don’t have a lot of people to feed.
You can also cut costs through your wedding music. Look for a wedding band that can play at your ceremony and the reception as well. This way, you don’t have to hire a DJ or a band for the reception, and a ceremony musician at the same time.
Lastly, look for hidden and extra charges. These can come from vendor trials, such as taste-testing, additional venue fees, gratuities and tips, and small accidents. Go over budget and allocate at least five percent of your spending for unforeseen costs, just to be sure.
Like any engaged couple, you want your wedding to be perfect. But you have to be careful about allocating your budget. After all, you have a lifetime with your partner to prepare for financially as well.
When your wedding finances are giving you a headache, give us a call, and our professional planners will be happy to help you out.