If only every wedding you’ve ever been to had a massive price tag hanging on it so you could see how much it all cost—a 250-person party in a fancy downtown Philly hotel would look a lot different from the intimate 50-person affair in the Rockies…or would it?
If you’re wondering how to plan a wedding on a budget, understanding the main tenants of event planning will be key in helping you stay in your range. For example, you might be thinking that an intimate affair with incredible food, music and ambience will be way more cost-effective than, say, a 400-person soiree at an event hall—but since your tiny little restaurant doesn’t do weddings that often, it was never discussed what type of wine was on the menu and your Uncle Phil ordered a bottle of a vintage Cab that added, hmmm, $1,000 to the bill.
So, what goes into a “typical” wedding budget? We checked in with New York City event planner Jennifer Brisman, aka the Wedding Planner, to learn about the average wedding budget and ways to cut it down so you can make the most of your money.