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How to Budget for Wedding Lighting + Entertainment

Marriage is an important milestone in a couple’s lives and is often seen as the beginning of happily ever after. A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s no surprise that many couples want to celebrate it in the best way possible. This involves months, or even years, of planning every detail so that their vision comes to life and everything is perfect on the big day. One of the trickiest yet most crucial parts of wedding planning is the budget.

A wedding doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful or meaningful. The couple will likely appreciate their wedding more if they didn’t have to go into debt for it!

Good lighting, however, is one thing couples should not scrimp on. Not only does it allow the guests to appreciate the elements in the room, but it also sets the perfect mood and ambiance. The cost involved can range from $200 to $5,000, depending on the chosen venue and the couple’s requirements. For example, outdoor weddings often need more lighting, for practicality as well as aesthetics.

And of course, while guests may forget the exact flowers in the bride’s bouquet, the flavor of the wedding cake, or the calligraphy on the invitation, they’ll never forget the experience! The ceremony, the dancing, and the music are what your guests will remember forever. Entertainment is one thing you shouldn’t overlook when planning your event.

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For those who need help budgeting for their wedding, here are some valuable tips:  

Organize your wedding budget.

Whether you are planning a simple wedding or a grand affair, an organized wedding budget spreadsheet is a must! This simple tool allows you to keep track of how funds were designated along the way and how much money is left. It will keep all the important numbers in one place and help you make more realistic decisions.

Work together to budget for your must-haves.

Whether it’s the budget or event details, it is vital for couples to be on the same page about their wedding. This involves discussing and understanding each other’s preferences. The final decision should take into account both their joint and individual needs to ensure the wedding budget is allocated to keep both partners happy.

Do your research from the start.

Do you want to book a DJ or a ten-piece band? Have you decided whether a custom monogram wash or a gorgeous chandelier is needed? What you agree on determines how much you spend, so do your research beforehand. Then, when you start interviewing vendors and getting more involved in the process, you’ll know exactly what you need!

Connect with lighting & entertainment companies.

Getting estimates from the companies you’re interested in will help create a realistic budget for the wedding and reception. Plus, it will help you compare packages to ensure you’re getting what you want at the best rate. Just be sure to check in on companies’ online reviews to ensure they’ve kept other clients happy!

There you have it! Having a detailed budget plan from the start can save you an incredible amount of time, energy, and resources. If you need more help with your wedding lighting and entertainment, let’s chat!

How To: Let’s Talk Budget

So, it’s time for the budget talk… While it’s not the most romantic part of planning your wedding, it is one of the most important steps that you and your partner will take together. It is imperative that the two of you take the time to sit down early in the process to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to financing your big day.

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Before divvying up the budget, you’ll want to determine who is contributing to your wedding. Gone are the traditional days of the bride’s parents covering the costs – trends show that couples are contributing significantly, as well as other family members.

After determining the sources of your funds, you’ll want to discuss what you value the most on the big day – we like to suggest coming up with a list of top 3 “Must-Haves”. This is one of the most essential parts of your budget discussion, so be sure to agree on some common ground when it comes to your financing (perhaps the cigar bar isn’t a requirement!).

Most likely, you’ll be finding a number of sample budget templates online which will tell you how much to spend in what departments. However, at the end of the day, it’s really up to you to decide where your money is spent! It may help to create a spreadsheet or budget template to keep track of your expenses throughout the process.

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Once all is discussed and settled, it’s time to get organized. You’ll want to start by researching vendors in each category of your wedding plan to get a better idea of what you can get for your price points. When doing your research, it’s imperative to give wedding professionals all relevant information—preferred date, number of anticipated guests, etc.—so they can provide you with an accurate quote for your records.

One last note about budgeting – it can be easy to overlook some of the “extra” costs associated with your wedding, so keep the little things in mind as well – postage for invitations, transportation for the two of you after the wedding, gratuity for vendors, gifts for your wedding party, etc. Planning in advance is always key for a smooth and seamless process!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.