Budget Breakdown for a $20,000 Wedding


We’re continuing our budget series this morning with a breakdown of a $20,000 wedding. $20,000 Sounds like an awful lot of money (and it is!) but once you get in the thick of planning you’ll realize that your dollars go pretty darn fast, which is why it is so important to have a solid budget and stick to it! To ensure we’re giving you the best advice we asked Jessica and Ali of Soiree Event Design to help us with these figures. These girls are all about planning gorgeous events that will blow your socks off, while still being practical and logical, so be sure to read their advice below!


 *Figures are based on an average wedding, each couple is different and each couple will have different priorities, so use these numbers as a guide to planning your perfect wedding. Figures are also based on a wedding in the Inland Northwest and will vary greatly in different parts of the country.*

What is your best tip for planning a $20,000 wedding?

Regardless of budget, one of the biggest tips we can give on planning is to make a list. Pick out the items that are most important to you as a couple as well as ALL the items that you are going to include in that budget, down to Thank You cards. Start with those priority items and customize your budget around them. This will help you realize that certain items may need to be downsized or cut in order to keep those priority items.

What is your advice for staying on budget?

Track your spending! Besides the high ticket items like venue, catering or the dress, other things like favors, centerpieces and DIY projects add up quickly. If you make yourself track each expense you are more aware of what you are spending and less likely to make impulse purchases.

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What is one thing you should never cut out of your budget?

Your guest’s comfort. Whether it be a tent to provide shade, extra comfy chairs for a long ceremony, or more tables for extra elbow room at dinner, the little things you can do to make sure your guests will be appreciated. And, in the long run these things will save you stress. Also, knowing your guests were comfortable and well taken care of will ensure they will have a wonderful time!

What is one way to save money on your wedding?

The simplest way to cut a budget during any stage of planning is cutting down your guest list. Most people have a hard time doing this, but it will save you money on food, rentals, beverages, printing costs, favors and more.

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 Special thanks to Soiree Event Design for the great info.

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