Though weddings are often thought of as the perfect day, there’s actually a lot that goes on prior to the big day to make it seamless. This is where wedding preparations come into play and it does not just entail choosing the right wedding packages from various suppliers. It actually means going through the details. Especially, the wedding budget.

If you find yourself sitting down with your fiancé or fiancée discussing the best way to handle the cost of your wedding, here are a few things to consider:

1. Set Your Expectations

Though most couples have an idea already about their dream wedding, sometimes it is best to revisit that dream and check if it is feasible. After all, you cannot expect a formal black-tie dinner reception at a swanky five-star hotel to cost the same as a luncheon reception in a garden during the weekday.

The best way to go about it is to talk to your spouse-to-be as to what overall style do both of you want for your wedding. Agree on what are the “non-negotiables” and discuss which items are you okay with skimping the cost. In addition, please do take note that suppliers and vendors are not miracle workers. Given the budget you shared or the wedding package you bought, you also have to be aware of the limitations to their service and it would be best to set your expectations early on.

2. Talk to ALL Parties Involved

Though some couples find themselves taking in all of the wedding costs, some are lucky enough to have the financial support of their parents or other family members for their big day. Though it could be tedious or a bit uncomfortable, it would be best to have an honest conversation as to what they are comfortable sharing with you or what they are comfortable paying for.

By doing so early on during your wedding preparations, you can easily factor in the details of their contribution to the wedding budget and focus on items that would still need some tweaking. In addition, it would allow you and your groom or bride-to-be to prepare for other items that need additional funds for your wedding day.

3. Crunch the Numbers 

Some couples find that crunching the numbers for the wedding to be tedious while others find it an exciting – albeit challenging – task. Either way, part of creating an ideal wedding budget for your big day is getting down and dirty with the numbers.

With your list of suppliers and vendors against your overall wedding budget, figure out the allocations early on. Take note of the terms and conditions in your contracts and check possible hidden costs like service fees, cancellation fees or an overtime charge with the venue. In addition, don’t forget to factor in other expenses like tips for the service providers or fees for getting the marriage license.

Though it may seem daunting at first, creating an ideal wedding budget is, in fact, doable! With the right mindset and the right wedding checklists in place, your ideal wedding is just within your reach.