One of the first steps in planning your wedding is deciding on a wedding budget. This process is the least exciting part of planning your wedding but is a very necessary step in making important decisions regarding your wedding. Deciding on a budget will help control costs that can very quickly spiral out of control if you let them. Luckily, we have five ways to help plan your wedding in Pittsburgh on a budget.
1. Do not spend any money until you have a set budget
It is very tempting to start booking vendors, shop for décor, and decide what food options you want for your wedding as soon as you get engaged. It is very important that you do not do this until you have decided on a budget for your wedding. This is important because without a budget you cannot dictate what you can spend on all facets of your wedding. A purchase can be very tempting, but if it does not fit your budget, you will be forced to sacrifice other elements of your wedding because you overspent before determining a budget. Before doing or buying anything for your wedding, decide on a budget and where that budget will be spent.
2. Estimate your guest list
For the most part, a wedding’s cost is determined by the number of guests that will be at the wedding. More guests at your wedding mean you will need a larger venue, more chairs, and more tables to seat all your guests comfortably. A larger guest list also means you will need more food, drinks, and cake to serve all your guests. These costs can add up very quickly if you let them, so the easiest way to cut costs on your wedding day is to shorten your guest list. There are many benefits to having a small wedding, some of them being that you can have your wedding in a more unique venue, and you can very easily fit your wedding into your budget.
3. Consider what type of wedding you want
Determining what style of wedding you want to have can give you a more accurate estimate of how much your wedding is going to cost. Your wedding style, venue, time of day, and even time of year are all determining factors in how much your wedding will cost. For example, having your wedding on a Saturday is going to be much more expensive than having your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday. Having your wedding during very popular months like June and October can be much more expensive than having your wedding in January. These are very important questions to ask yourself because if you are set on a venue then that can help determine when you can have your wedding. If you have an outdoor venue for your wedding, then you are most likely not going to have your wedding in January. If you have an indoor venue, then these decisions could be easier to make and save you some money.