What is the key to determining how much you can spend on your big day? Defining top priorities and setting clear boundaries is a good way to start.
Get Your Priorities Straight
Discuss what is important to you as a couple. Maybe you want amazing food or the hippest band in town, defining what is important to you will allow you to decide where to spend most of your money. Once you have your max budget figured out, it's time to create a low to high budget with every line-item a wedding budget should include.
Set Your Limit
My first piece of advice is the most important, and sometimes the most difficult to accomplish: Set the max amount you want to spend, and stick to it! To do so, you'll need to determine who is paying for what. Are your parents paying for the wedding, and his parents paying for the welcome dinner? Or are the bride and groom covering all of the costs?
Know Where to Splurge and Where to Save
The majority of your budget should go to your reception, meaning the venue, food and beverage costs, and general event decor. Put more money into things that guests touch and are close to. Once you've decided how much the venue, food and beverage, and general decor will cost, then it's onto the other big players: entertainment, photography, and flowers.