Wedding Vendor Budgets – Figuring out how much to allocate to each service (New England Region)

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Planning a wedding in New England brings images of autumn leaves, coastal breezes, and historic charm — an idyllic setting for saying “I do.”

Here’s how we’re tackling the budget for wedding vendors, complete with regional averages, quality considerations, and the importance of research.

Understanding Regional Averages

New England brims with variety, and so do the costs associated with weddings. On average, venues can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000, depending on location and exclusivity. For photography, expect to set aside $2,500 to $8,000. Catering costs can average $70 to $150 per head, while a wedding DJ might charge between $1,000 and $2,500.

Quality Levels

Quality varies, and so does pricing. For vendors, we’re looking at three tiers:

  1. Economy: These vendors are often less experienced or part-time professionals, but they can be a bargain. Just remember, lower costs can sometimes mean higher risks. It’s crucial to review their portfolios and references thoroughly.
  2. Professional: Full-time professionals with a solid track record fall into this category. They offer a balance of quality and cost, usually aligning well with our middle-class budget and expectations.
  3. Premium: The crème de la crème of wedding vendors. They come with a high price tag, but they also bring expertise and a certain exclusivity to your event. If there’s one area you want to splurge on, make sure it’s the one you value most.

Doing Your Homework

Research is paramount. Here’s why:

  • Quality Assurance: In-depth research helps us ensure that we’re getting good value for our money. We read reviews, request portfolios, and check references.
  • Hidden Costs: Some vendors have them, and you don’t want surprises. We’re asking detailed questions about what’s included in their services.
  • Compatibility: It’s not just about the price or quality; it’s also about finding vendors whose style aligns with our vision. We’re spending time meeting with them to ensure we’re on the same page.

Budgeting for Vendors

Here’s how we’ve allocated our budget based on the regional averages and our priorities:

  • Venue: 40% of our budget. It’s the stage of our day, and we want it to be perfect.
  • Catering: 30%. Good food makes for happy guests.
  • Photography and Videography: 15-25%. These memories will last a lifetime, and we believe it’s worth investing in. Not only is this about your wedding, but the people who are attending.
  • Music: 5%. A professional DJ can make all the difference in setting the mood.
  • Flowers and Decor: 10%. We’re choosing seasonal flowers and minimal decor to stay within budget.

By prioritizing our spending based on what’s most important to us, and doing our due diligence with research, we’re confident that we can make our New England wedding both beautiful and budget-friendly. Remember, it’s not about how much you spend, but how you spend it. With thoughtful planning, any couple can transform their wedding dreams into reality.

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