Planning a wedding for the new year?
Get advice from a wedding planner on the best options.
article Plans for your wedding in 2018 can get a lot of attention these days, with new social media accounts popping up like an ever-increasing tsunami of wedding ideas that can only help to increase the hype.
But there’s a lot you can do to keep your plans on track before the new years, which is why it’s essential that you make sure that your planning is up to scratch and that your family, friends and loved ones are all on board.
The Hill’s wedding planning expert, Heather J. Hill, will guide you through the planning process in this week’s column, with plenty of ideas for your next event.
Hill tells The Hill that a couple of major factors should go into planning your wedding: budget, location, and the people involved.
The budget and location factorOne of the best ways to ensure that your budget for your big day is in line with the budget of your family and friends is to budget for the exact date of your big event.
For example, a wedding in New York City typically has an expected cost of $2 million to $3 million, but Hill suggests that a few weeks after the wedding, your wedding should be budgeted at $3.5 million.
A wedding in Atlanta costs $5 million, while a wedding at New Orleans costs $20 million.
While you can’t spend all of your money on the same date, Hill suggests making sure that you have a budget that includes the entire budget of the entire family and your wedding party.
Hill also recommends that you budget for transportation, lodging, and catering for your event.
Hill suggests that you spend $20,000 per wedding, which means that if you’re going to spend $25,000 on the entire wedding party, you’ll have to be able to cover all of those expenses, like catering, food and drink, and transportation.
To get the most out of your budget, Hill recommends planning your event with a few different budget categories.
“We’ve heard from some couples that their wedding party budget is $60,000, but they’ve been asked to split the cost between themselves, their family and guests,” she says.
“It’s best to use a simple rule of thumb that if the number of people in the party is $10,000 or less, then you’ll probably have more people in your wedding group.”
For example, if your wedding costs $2,500, you can split the $2k with your family to $5,000 and $6,500 for the party.
Then, if you’ve already got a big wedding party with about 50 people, you could split the remaining $2K with your guests to $8,000.
The other option is to split your budget equally between everyone.
“The most common way to split a wedding budget is to give $2.5k to your family as a ‘one-time gift,'” Hill says.
This will allow your family or friends to spend the money on their own personal items, like dinner or gifts for their friends and family.
“This way you get the full benefit of the $4,000 wedding budget, including all the extras that go along with it, including transportation and catering,” Hill says, “and it also ensures that the party can get to and from their wedding without the hassle of having to share their wedding night.”
For a budget-friendly wedding, Hill also suggests that everyone gets $200 each.
This is a little less than half of the cost of a traditional wedding, but it allows everyone to take advantage of all the extra perks of having a big party, including a big menu and special events, for free.
This kind of budget is great for couples who are budgeting on the smaller end, as it gives everyone a great budget to work from.
You may also want to consider a variety of other things to include for your budget.
“If your wedding is the most expensive in your life, you may want to get a bigger catering budget to offset any extra costs associated with hosting the party,” Hill explains.
For instance, a traditional bride may choose to take out a catering loan from the bride and groom, who may need to spend a few thousand dollars on catering expenses in order to ensure a perfect wedding.
“So if you can afford the wedding party and the cost, but don’t have the money to get everything together on the first date, you’re better off planning a different party,” she explains.
“Or if you want to split up the costs, but you’re in the midst of a divorce, or you just want to spend more money than you’d normally spend, you might want to make some changes to the budget.”
A few other things you should considerIf your budget is tight, but your family isn’t too keen on having to contribute, you have the option to save money by having the wedding