One of my biggest struggles when wedding planning was budgeting. Me and every other bride, right? I initially sat down with my dad and we budgeted out what we thought was reasonable. Once I began talking to vendors I was completely overwhelmed by different price points and contracts. I was lucky enough to have an awesome wedding planner to take over and tell me what was reasonable and what wasn’t.
However, I know not everyone has the budget for a wedding planner to guide them and tell them what’s reasonable and what’s not. Wedding Wire recently launched a Wedding Cost Guide which is a category-specific pricing data tool that includes the high, low and average range of what other real couples recently spent in their geographic area and surfaces added details to help you have a clearer understanding of what to expect to pay for a comprehensive set of wedding services.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who underestimated my wedding cost. According to Wedding Wire, “Engaged couples underestimate how much they will spend on their wedding by about 40 percent.” WOW!
You can get a real-time estimate the cost of your wedding. Not only is this tool helpful for planning and budgeting, but also giving you a baseline for negotiations when speaking with vendors. And yes, always negotiate with your vendors!
Along with giving you the low, average and high range of pricing the tool provides more insight as to what factors determine the price and what the price should.
For example, when hiring a photographer things that go into their price is time, editing, travel, second shooter, etc. Or when hiring a florist what’s included? Should the cleanup?
Lastly, Wedding Wire provide tidbits of information like do I need to tip my photographer? Do I need to pay for their meals? Do certain flowers cost more than others? How can I save money on flowers?
I am so jealous of how awesome this tool is! I totally wish I had this when planning my wedding, this would have saved the initial tears of going back and asking my dad for more money because we underbudgeted.
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