Wedding dreams blossomed in childhood, for me. I had a vision for that very grand day; classic, elegant, romantic. My vision came to life on the Twentieth of June, and there is not a moment of our wedding day that I would change.
And although I would change nothing, I did learn a lot while planning our wedding so I’d like to shed a bit of wedding budget wisdom onto The June Twenty Blog. What I’m about to break down is simply this: if budget allocation has any correlation with personal significance, Jordan and I care about food more than anything else in the world. Admittedly, we do love food very much, but looking back there were other areas of our wedding far more worthy of investment.
Wedding photography and videography are the most meaningful investments you will ever make. The photos captured on your wedding day will be shared with loved ones for the rest of time, and I can tell you from experience that your husband will find you crying over your wedding film at least once a week during your first year.
If you think of photography and videography as whipping out a camera and clicking the shutter or pressing record, the cost may shock you. Photography and videography is such a talent, a passion, and a labor of love. After receiving our wedding photos and wedding film I honestly can’t imagine putting a price on what we were given. You can see my favorite bride and groom photos here and view our wedding film here.
Suggested Photo/Film Budget: $7,000 – $10,000
You may only wear your gown once, but you will view it in photographs forever. Of course my perspective on this has changed in the last year as I now work in the bridal industry. Before selecting your wedding gown, I encourage you to take some time to consider how you want to present yourself as a bride to your groom. Will your beauty shine through in traditional lace, ethereal and flowy, or an edgy sort of glam? This is perhaps the most meaningful decision you can make for the two of you, in respect to your wedding day.
Keep in mind that it’s not just a gown…. veil, jewelry, shoes, and alterations will be additional costs. The total can add up, and you’ll start to feel frustrated for spending so much money on something you’re only going to wear for one day. In those moments just remember that your wedding day really isn’t just a day. And that dress will mean more to you in the years to come than you may ever imagine.
Suggested Gown/Alterations/Accessories Budget: $3,000 – $7,000
Flowers have come a long, long way in the last ten years. Even though they are super expensive you can never have too many blossoms adorning your day. When I first met with my (insanely amazing) florist, Splendor of Eden, I remember telling her that I just wanted a white sphere of flowers. Thank goodness she knew me better than myself and created a floral masterpiece just for me. To be completely honest, there is just something about holding a bridal bouquet that moves you.
Suggested Floral Budget: $5,000 – $10,000
So if I’m making all of these suggestions for you to spend more money on photography, videography, attire, and florals I must have some suggestions on how to cut back, right?
I have one very simple suggestion: you can scale down the cost of each wedding line item (for lack of a better term) simply by shortening your guest list. Less food, fewer tables to decorate, and not as many paper items to purchase. Although you’ll be celebrating with fewer people (sad face), your covenant love will be more intimate and purposeful.
In the spirit of transparency, I want to note that the numbers I suggested are not all true to my wedding budget allocations. That’s kind of the point. The day I married Jordan was a wonderful day. I would do it all over again, and I am so grateful to our parents for making it happen in every way that they did. But we learned a lot as a family (and by we I basically mean my mom and I), which is a good thing considering I was the first of four daughters to have a wedding! If you’ve planned your wedding already, what budget decisions would you change or keep the same? Comment below as I would love to know!
P.S. I realize that money is not a requirement to have a truly meaningful wedding day, these thoughts of mine are merely inspired by my experience as a bride and what I learned through planning our wedding.
P.S.S. All photos are by the truly amazing, Deidre Lynn Photography.
P.S.S.S. I know, so obnoxious. I wanted to note that I live in rural llinois, keeping in mind that location will cause prices to vary. Also, the suggested budget is based on an overall wedding budget that would ballpark in the $35,000 – $50,000 range.