Staying within your budget is key to newly married bliss. Before you set your heart on anything, sit down with your partner and discuss how much you are prepared to spend. If others are going to pitch in, share what you’ve learned about wedding costs with them. Then, once you have a firm number, discuss your priorities. If your love for live New Orleans music is a priority, then splurge on the band and keep it simple in other ways. If you always dreamt of walking down the aisle through an alley of ancient Live Oak trees, then make the venue a priority. Think about what you really want and work with your budget to make it happen.
To give you an idea of how to divide your budget, here are suggested expenditures for each wedding element.
Wedding attire (for the couple): 5 percent to 10 percent
Reception (venue, rentals, food and beverages): 40 percent to 50 percent
Photography and videography: 10 percent
Music(including ceremony, reception and second line): 5 percent to 10 percent
Flowers: 10 percent
Wedding Coordinator/Planner: 10 percent to 15 percent
Miscellaneous: 10 percent
Contact our wedding expert, Rachel Funel, for more tips on planning your New Orleans dream wedding.