No one will argue that you need to estimate the expenditure before you start plan for your wedding. This step is very essential and you whole plan will probably collapse if you fail to do it well. So the question here is: How can you plan your budget without big mistakes?

Before you start planning for the budget, you will need to know all the items in your wedding. You will need to list all the major items. This step is crucial and you should try to research on the web and bridal magazines so that nothing will be missed in your list. You may also ask your friends who have married for opinions. They should be able to tell you what are missing in your list.

When you finish the list, it is the time to formulate the actual budget. It will depend on a lot of different factors. For example, and without any surprise, you will need to firstly think of how much you can afford and how much you are willing to spend on this romantic and memorable event. At this point you should also have a picture of the priorities of the items. You may need to compromise if you find that one of the items is over budget.

In fact, one of the essential factors that will greatly affect your budget is the number of guests. As a result, how you manage the guest list becomes a very important part. First of all, you will need to have a basic idea on the spending per guest. And experience is that the catering services in the reception will play an important role in your total spending. Of course other items such as wedding favors and invitations will also affect the amount you are going to spend.

Of course the total cost will increase if the number of guests increases. You will need to order one more invitation card if you are going to invite one more guest. Consequently you will need to limit the number of guests if you would like to control the cost. If you are on a tight budget, you may consider hosting a small wedding. In this case you will only invite your close friends and relatives. But you also have to be very careful, you have to invite all the important guests and make sure that none of them is missed. Otherwise it may render some other problems in the future.

The reception hall can also cost you a fortune. And the cost will also depend on the number of guests. If you would like to save some money on this part, you can make the ceremony and reception in the same location so that you do not need to rent two different venues.

There are also items which are independent of the guests. They are the gowns, dress, photography and so on. This can be more flexible since it will mainly depend on your preferences. And you will still need to go back to the priorities you set at the very beginning. If you think the gowns are more important, then may be you need to minimize the spending on your wedding photos.

Author's Bio: 

Jerry Leung is a wedding invitation designer with great interest in Chinese Style Wedding cards. He designs Contemporary Wedding Invitations. Besides, he runs a blog on weddings to share his ideas on items such as Seasonal wedding favor. Be sure to check his Ideas on Unique Wedding Favors.