- 8 years ago
I’m struggling to set a wedding budget for various reasons. My fiancee and I will be paying for the wedding ourselves, so the budget concerns are only ours (we don’t need to bring in others on the discussion, etc). To give some background, we are both established and financially secure, in our early 30’s. I have been fortunate to have built a relatively successful business over the past 5 years that has allowed me quite a bit of financial flexibility. We have a nice lifestyle and I am so appreciative and thankful.
What I struggle with is: where do I set the budget? I am kind of frugal by nature and the frivolity of the wedding industry does get to me somewhat. But, on the other hand, I feel that we work hard and can afford to have whatever kind of “dream wedding” we want. When I consider it more though, I think, “maybe something moderate or even budget would be ok. It’s just one day.”
We were able to come up with our list of A and B vendors pretty quickly. Where we are now is pulling the trigger on a date and which ones to book. But, much of those decisions will require us to get comfortable with a budget, either high, moderate, or low.
If you were spending your own money, would you have a lavish wedding? For those who spent much on their day, was it your money or was it gifted from family?
I would love to hear thoughts – is this enough of a great life case to splurge or is it unnecessary to have the high dollar wedding that is promoted by the industry?