Lets’ Talk Budgeting

One of the most com­mon issues that we have when dis­cussing wed­ding bud­gets with poten­tial clients is the fact that they haven’t edu­cated them­selves on what a wed­ding can actu­ally cost. A wed­ding is usu­ally one of the first big invest­ments that you & your fiancé will make together. It requires as much research & bud­get­ing as it does to pur­chase a home! Before you give poten­tial ven­dors a call to help you host a two hun­dred per­son wed­ding for $5,000, sit down with your fiancé to answer these impor­tant bud­get­ing ques­tions.

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Before throw­ing a ran­dom fig­ure out there for your wed­ding bud­get, you MUST sit down with your fiancé & put together a guest list. This list should include every­one you absolutely can­not cel­e­brate your mar­riage with­out! You should even have a sec­ond list of peo­ple that you may want to invite if your bud­get allows for it, or if peo­ple on your “A list” can’t make it. There is no shame in hav­ing a B list!

Right: Christina Vanta Pho­tog­ra­phy

When do I want to say “I do” to the love of my life?
Most venues & cater­ing facil­i­ties will have a required food & bev­er­age min­i­mum that you need to reach on spe­cific days of the week, months of the year, & times of day. At Lesner Inn, your food & bev­er­age min­i­mum can be sig­nif­i­cantly less in the months of Jan­u­ary, Feb­ru­ary, March & Novem­ber com­pared to any other month of the year. How­ever, keep in mind when select­ing your date that Sat­ur­day evenings are the most cov­eted day & time for a wed­ding recep­tion, so the min­i­mum require­ments are going to be higher than they would on a Fri­day or Sun­day!

Where do we want to say our vows & cel­e­brate with our clos­est friends & fam­ily?
Between, food, bev­er­ages, favors, desserts, & décor there is a lot to con­sider when adding another name to your guest list. To cre­ate a more edu­cated bud­get, find out what your favorite venues offer & at what cost. If the cost per per­son of your wed­ding venue or cater­ing com­pany doesn’t match up with what you were expect­ing, don’t be afraid to ask how you can cus­tomize their menu to fit your needs. If you don’t want to offer a bar, speak up! As long as you are reach­ing their min­i­mum for your selected date & time it doesn’t mat­ter how you get there!

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Above: Daissy Tor­res Photography

What do we need to make our wed­ding day per­fect for OUR story?
A lot of peo­ple for­get about the details that go into plan­ning a wed­ding. We typ­i­cally sug­gest bud­get­ing at least $5,000 for things like cake, flo­rals, DJ, & pho­tog­ra­pher. Of course the total cost of these ven­dors can be more or less, but it all depends on your vision. Lesner Inn is a one stop shop for food, bev­er­age, much of cou­ples favorite décor, wed­ding coor­di­na­tion & even desserts. We also have pre­ferred ven­dors who offer dis­counts for cou­ples who book with us if our ser­vices don’t quite ful­fill every­thing that you & your fiancé want on your wed­ding day!

Will you help us make this day every­thing we want it to be?
After sit­ting down with your fiancé about the who, what, where, & when, talk to both of your fam­i­lies to find out if they are will­ing to con­tribute to your wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion. If so, get a dol­lar amount so that you will know what you & your fiancé will be respon­si­ble for, & how much room is left in your bud­get to add that donut bar that you really wanted!

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Above: Stel­lar Expo­sures Photography

Cre­at­ing a wed­ding bud­get after edu­cat­ing your­self on what you expect for your wed­ding day will make the whole plan­ning process far less dif­fi­cult & scary! If you’d pre­fer an expert opin­ion over try­ing to gues­ti­mate a cost by your­self, be pre­pared to answer some of the above ques­tions for your wed­ding pro­fes­sion­als. We want to make sure we are giv­ing you the most accu­rate infor­ma­tion to help you cre­ate the wed­ding of your dreams WITH­OUT break­ing the bank!

Con­tact one of our sales man­agers today to see how we can help with your bud­get wed­ding!




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