A Budgeting Guide for the Practical Bride
Why do you need a budget? If you know what you have to spend, you can: have a meaningful dialogue with prospective vendors and take much of the mystery out of the vendor contract process; design a wedding you’ll be excited about; and enjoy the final result with as little financial stress as possible.
Chapter 1: The Ever-Elusive Wedding Budget
Chapter 2: Knowledge is Power
Chapter 3: Allocating Your Hard-Earned Cash
Chapter 4: The Vision, the Budget, and the Price Tag
Chapter 5: Do It Yourself
Chapter 6: Coordinators, Planners, and Venue Managers
I have always been fascinated by social and cultural shifts that occur over time. While I do not count myself a socioeconomic authority by any stretch of the imagination, I am nevertheless captivated by articles that refer to changes in group dynamics with each generation.
The shift from Generation X (born between 1966 and 1976) to Generation Y (aka “Echo Boomers” or “Millennials”; born between 1977 and 1994) is one such shift in culture which has been particularly interesting to watch. From a practical standpoint, Gen Y brings with it new and unique challenges as wedding industry professionals insofar as the couple’s budget. Specifically: they don’t have one.
The challenge of Budgeting/Financial Planning for this new generation of bride is a bit “chicken or the egg”. Many bridal magazines and websites advocate establishing a budget, and offer a standard breakdown of the common expense categories to give brides an idea of how much they’ll need to set aside for key items such as photography, food/beverage, or attire.
Is this helpful? Yes, of course! You can use all the help you can get. But from where I sit (and where many of our industry partners sit, too, I might add), bridal magazines and web resources put the cart before the horse. They share with you the importance of setting and sticking to a budget, but neglect the question: How do I know what I can afford to spend?
Establishing a reasonable and practical wedding budget that is within the limits of what you can earn, a budget which is established after all your monthly expenses have been paid, means that you can plan your wedding with financial confidence. It means that when the wedding is over, you are left with a partner in matrimony, memories of a beautiful day, and you didn’t have to take out a loan equivalent to college tuition!
The purpose of this guide is to give you a practical, applicable, real-life perspective on budgeting which will make your wedding planning more enjoyable. It is meant to serve you in budget establishment, budget allocation, and vendor negotiations. Ultimately, it is our hope that you feel more “in the driver’s seat” with your vendors, enjoy an enriched experience with them as you pull your vision together, and have a proactive role in your own wedding when it comes to costs!
So, how does one properly determine their wedding budget? Well fasten your safety belts, people! We are off to the races in Wedding Budgeting 101…
The Ever-Elusive Wedding Budget
Budgeting for a wedding is really not that difficult, but it does require some discipline and an intimate knowledge of your income and expenses. The steps outlined in this chapter will give you some guidance toward understanding both so that we may explore your wedding spending in upcoming chapters.
Determine your net take-home pay. This is the amount of money that you and your fiancé bring home each month after taxes and pre-tax deductions such as health insurance, HSA contributions, etc. Basically, what you’re looking for is the amount of money deposited in your bank account every month.
If you work a full-time job and are paid a salary, this step should be very simple for you – your deposits are likely to be a fixed amount. If, however, you work in a sales or commission environment, it will require a little accounting. In this case it would be best to tally your income over the last 12 months and establish your average monthly income. Don’t get lazy and only use the last three months – it will bite you in the tail later. Using a year’s performance you take into account both “slow” and “stellar” months.
Simply, the “net take-home pay” is the amount deposited to your bank account. (See Table 1.1)
Be honest with yourself: What does it take to live each month? If you haven’t established your monthly “nut” (the amount of money it takes to run your life each month), now is the time to do it.
Determine all of your monthly expenses: rent, car payments, insurance payments, credit card payments, cable, electric – everything. Do not start thinking about things you can live without. For the moment, let’s keep your gym membership, Netflix account, super premium plus cable, etc.
Really think this through – where are all of the places you spend money? Food? Gas? Morning coffee runs?
Here, it’s best to over estimate rather than under estimate. For example, if your cable bill is $196 a month, round up to $200. If your car payment is $245 a month, round up to $250.
When it comes to variable expenses like your cell phone bill, electric bill, etc., it’s best to take a 12-month average. Why? Because, for example, today’s weather is not the same weather you are going to experience in six months. By taking a 12-month average on your costs, you more accurately estimate your monthly heating/electric costs for the year. (In accounting, this is called the “accrual” method.)
If you are planning your January wedding in March when the weather is beautiful and you rarely run your AC or heat, you may enjoy delightfully low electric bills – that is until October when you are suddenly greeted with $200 electricity bills.
Once you have established all of your monthly expenses, add them together to determine your total monthly expenses.
If you need help pulling this together, there are some great, free, printable budgets online, or you may use the attached worksheet. (See Table 1.2)
One little note: if you and your fiancé like to eat out, regularly enjoy a date night, or have vacations planned, you absolutely must include this in your budget. This is the single most common place budgets get thrown out of whack! Date nights, vacations, ice cream on a warm day…it all comes from the same pool of money, so be practical and honest about how much you spend on these miscellaneous items.
Do the math. Using Table 1.3, establish your disposable income. Disposable Income is money you can live without or, more specifically, money you have available to put toward your dream wedding.
Establish the Budget. Ready for it? Are you ready to understand the great mystery in creating a budget that will work for you?
Take the figure you obtained on line 1c (Table 1.3) and multiply it by the number of months between now and the day of your wedding. If you want to be conservative, subtract one month from the total months you have. Voila! You now have a real figure on the amount of money you will have to spend on your wedding. (See Table 1.4)
This is the number you can take to the bank – or in this case, take from the bank – without sweating bullets you won’t make rent to pay for your wedding shoes, file bankruptcy to get the veil you love, or sell your first-born child to make your open bar a reality.
How do I know if my budget is reasonable?
The national average for weddings at the time of publication was $25,656 with the majority of couples spending $19,242 to $32,070. In the Tampa Bay market (where Event Design is located) the average was between $18,612 and $31,000.
If you find that you are struggling to unify your vision with your budget it may be time to consider the following:
Establish what you can live without. Now is the time to go back through your budget and establish what you can live without. Haven’t been to the gym in 7 months? Cancel your membership. Been holding onto the same Netflix disc for 3 months? Cancel it, or switch date night to “Netflix night” by increasing your disc count and eliminating movie nights or dinners out. Have the super plus pack on your cable? Consider dropping a premium channel. If you don’t think it will make a big difference, take a look at how small changes make a big impact on your budget. (See Table 1.5)
As you can see, small changes can make a big difference in your budget over time! In the example shown on Table 1.5, we only reduced our monthly spending by $170, but added over $2,000 to the budget as a whole.
Select a different wedding date. Use the same tools above and negotiate the number of months between now and your event to determine when you will have a reasonable budget. Then, adjust your wedding date appropriately!
In the above example, a couple with $1,941 per month in disposable income would have saved $23,292 over 12 months. If the same couple postponed their wedding six months, they would be able to save $34,938. That’s $11,646 more, just by extending the wedding date six months.
Knowledge is Power
In the last chapter, we took a practical look at your income and expenses, and determined the amount of disposable income you have available to set aside for your dream wedding.
Congrats! The hardest part is over! OK…we’re lying. The hardest part about a budget is actually sticking to it. So, before we get into how to use this new-found information, a few words about living on a budget:
If you say you are going to put it aside, actually put it aside. Most people don’t have their finances so well managed that they can put everything in one account and never succumb to the temptation to spend a little of what’s in there. For this reason, many couples find it helpful to open a separate account and have funds automatically deposited on payday via direct deposit (arranged through your employer) or an auto-transfer (arranged through your bank). Pick the system that will work best for you and go for it!
Pretend the money isn’t there. As you watch the thousands accumulate in savings, it will be tempting to dip into this account. “It’s just a sandwich,” “It’s only $60,” “I’ll replace it later,”… Remember, you already know exactly how much money you are expecting to save over the next x-number of months. If you aren’t expecting an extra $60 from somewhere, the $60 you are taking now will not get replaced. Which brings us to point three…
Remember, money doesn’t grow on trees. If you spend it, it’s gone. Things happen, emergencies pop up, cars break down, friends come into town unexpectedly and want to spend a week with you at Disney World. If you are prone to these sorts of surprises, we would recommend you go back to Chapter One (Table 1.2) and set a fixed amount of money in the “Emergency Fund” field to account for “I didn’t see that coming” moments. Putting aside $50 or $100 each month for these situations will make planning a lot less financially stressful.
The biggest ticket items have to be done first. We can’t stress this point enough. Big ticket items usually include: venue, food and beverage, photography, and the bride’s dress. If you do not take care of these bigger ticket items first, you may run out of budget before you get them done. Thankfully, your budget is flexible…well, sort of.
Any time you save in one category, you can either choose not to spend that money at all, or allocate it to another area altogether. Let’s say your budget allows for $1,200 to contract DJ services – but you negotiate a rate where all of your needs are met for $1,000. You saved $200! You now have the option to save that $200, or allocate it to another area that could use it – such as floral or your wedding attire.
The converse is also true, however. If you overspend in an area, you need to find the money elsewhere to cover the overage. This is the trickiest part of living on a wedding budget, but you have two choices:
Reduce the budget in another area. For example, if your budget allocated $1,200 for your wedding dress but you found your dream dress for $1,400, you are $200 over-budget. You might decide to reallocate the $200 to the dress budget and choose to forgo wedding favors as the trade-off.
Earn more money. Plenty of couples take on side jobs or second jobs to add a little padding to their wedding budget. Yes, you’ll be busy, but won’t it be worth it if it means you can plan without stressing over money?
Allocating Your Hard-Earned Cash
So, you have established your budget and are diligently setting money aside each month. Right? Riiiight? Now you are likely wondering to yourself: “What next?”
A key component of your ability to negotiate with wedding vendors is knowing what you have to spend. Below is a real-life (extremely frequent) dialogue that has taken place with potential clients:
Event Designer: So we have talked about your style, your colors, your likes and dislikes. We know your quantities, the sizes you are looking for, and you’ve shown interest in “x” areas. Can you tell me about your wedding décor budget so we can work within a comfortable range for you?
Bride: Uhm, well. Hmm. Well, I have no idea. I don’t know what these things cost…
Is this a proactive approach to your budget? If you were on the bride’s side in this conversation, would you feel well-organized, empowered, and prepared? Or would you feel reactive, caught a little off-guard, and under pressure?
Knowing what you have to spend on an area of your event means that you can clearly communicate your expectations, interests, and needs to the vendor – and the onus is on them to provide solutions within your budget.
As a consumer, you are in the power seat when you know what you have to spend and you work to meet or beat your budget. Heck – it can actually be fun! Going into a meeting with a vendor, whether that vendor is a designer, a DJ, a baker or caterer, and having “no idea what things cost”, is considered a reactive approach to the process and will keep you on your heels.
The smartest thing you can do in advance of all vendor meetings is determine the maximum “out the door” cost you are willing to spend on each area of your budget, and let your vendor be a resource to get you there. How, you ask? Easy!
There have been many studies conducted on bridal planning. The breakdown shown on Table 2.1 is one that is used extensively industry-wide.
If an item is very important to you, keep it on the high end of the percentage. If something is less important, you should allocate a lesser percentage. Next steps? Do the math!
To illustrate this concept and how it’s applicable, we will give you the example of Jack+Jill.
Jack+Jill are planning their dream wedding. They have calculated their income, accounted for their expenses to establish their disposable income, multiplied it by the total number of months they have to plan, and determined that their overall wedding budget is $35,000. They sit down one evening in advance of their vendor meetings and use the above formula to determine their budget in each category.
They start with their Food/Beverage budget. They love good food, but they and their guests are not regularly submitting to Bon Appétit Magazine, so they determine that food is important, but not the “end all to be all” of their event. They take their overall budget ($35,000) and multiply it by their agreed upon percentage (49% = 0.49) to establish their food and beverage budget. Shown another way: $35,000 x 0.49 = $17,150.
“Well, that was painless,” they say to themselves, and decide to move along.
The ceremony allocation is a bit more involved since the ceremony will need to include the officiant’s fees and all decor associated with the ceremony portion of the event. Jack+Jill determine that they aren’t overly concerned with elements of their ceremony and decide to allocate 2% of the budget to their ceremony. ($35,000 x 0.02 = $700).
“Great,” they say to themselves, “let’s keep going!”
Attire …ooooo… this is the ever-important moment of setting a budget for the bride’s wedding dress, shoes, necklace, earrings; pretty much any article of clothing she might wear on the big day (even her garter!) …and let’s not leave out the groom! His tux and all things clothing related will be included in this budget as well. They both want to look their best, so they decide this will be an area where they allot a higher percentage: 10% ($35,000 x 0.10 = $3,500)
Feeling competent in their math skills, they fill out the balance of their wedding budget – assured that they have, at the very least, a starting point from which they can begin to engage vendors in conversation with confidence.
In less than 10 minutes, they arrive at their budget. (See Table 2.2)
Jack+Jill add it all up: $36,400 – WHAT? How are we more than $1,000 over budget!? This brings us to a very important note:
Not everything can be a “top priority”. Jack+Jill marked a few items as “very important”. By allocating higher percentages in multiple categories, everything added up to more than 100%. It is important to pick one category as “very important”, earmark the higher percentage to that category, and keep the remaining items on the lower end.
Once you have completed this exercise, you have a solid foundation from which to begin planning your wedding in collaboration with your vendors. “Sticker shock” is now a thing of the past! You can go into your meetings with confidence that you know what you can afford.
And one more thing. The budget allocation tool, and ones like it, do not reflect the real costs of items. Often, when we have been contracted for full-coordination services, a service which includes budget management, the calculator returns figures which are inconsistent with real costs. They overestimate in areas where some additional savings is reasonable (such as wedding rings) and don’t give enough budget to other items which need it (like décor/floral).
Often times, a wedding planner will enter the calculated allowance, then include a column for “Reasonable Expectation” to show what we really expect a budget to come in at.
Having a planner take a peek will never hurt you. We’ve seen it all!
The Vision, the Budget, and the Price Tag
As you begin the planning process, your new pocket-friendly budget in hand, and work to assemble a stellar vendor team, the reality you will ultimately come across is this: “Things cost what they cost.”
Pinterest is a Godsend as a wedding designer. Our brides are able to peruse limitlessly, pin easily, and share instantly – and when they do, we have the pleasure of unlocking information about their style preferences and personalities in one glance. LOVE!
The by-product of this instant opportunity, however, is a skewed understanding of vision and reality. Pinterest boards and magazines, overflowing with beautiful ideas and chic concepts, do nothing to give brides an idea of what their real costs are.
Often, some of the most pristine, innovative photos are impractical in application and were, in fact, done in the luxury of a photo shoot where perfection was attainable and many factors manipulated for the purposes of creating beautiful shots. That amazing tablescape you see printed on the page of your favorite magazine, the photo showing 40 elegant candles, luxurious linen, dripping crystals, and breathtaking florals accented by a perfectly pressed napkin, letterpress stationery, and glass-beaded charger may have easily cost a client $1,000 to $5,000 for one table! No. We’re not kidding.
A good vendor is going to carefully listen to your vision, pore over your photos, and learn about you as a couple. They are going to take your inspiration photos and determine a plan that offers a version of the pieces you love. They’re going to speak candidly with you about what will and will not work – without dousing your enthusiasm and excitement.
Picture this: you’re sitting in a vendor meeting, having gone through the ideas and inspiration for the event you’ve crafted in your mind’s eye. There’s synergy. You like this vendor, you can see yourself working with them. It’s a match made in heaven. The vendor says: “Wonderful, I can’t wait to get started! Tell me where you’d like to be on budget.”
Your fight or flight response kicks in. You begin to sweat. You panic (completely ignoring the fact that you had a budget drafted – a number that was comfortable and doable) and respond, “I have no idea. As cheaply as possible.”
Why do you say this? Because we live in a world where everyone feels they are going to “get taken.” There have been many-an-exposé on the wedding industry that have tarnished industry reputations – even after the economy faltered and many of those questionable businesses went under completely. Sadly, couples don’t realize if a company has overseen hundreds of events each year, obtained great references, and been in business for many years, they likely got to that point because they were honest with their clients, worked to meet or exceed their expectations, and did so with fair pricing.
Give your vendor a number. You have one in mind – just tell them. Yes, it’s OK to undershoot your real budget; this is part of the negotiation process. If you have $2,800 to spend on flowers, it’s OK to tell them $2,400 to give yourself some breathing room. This way, if the vendor comes back with a plan that’s almost perfect, you will have the additional budget to elevate the plan exactly where you want it. What does not work well for you or the vendor is: “I have no idea. As cheaply as possible.”
Imagine you were meeting with a home builder – you want to build a house. You tell the builder how many square feet will work for your family; how many bedrooms, bathrooms, garage spaces, and the acreage you’d like. You talk about the finishes in the kitchen, the flooring – you get the idea.
When the conversation is over, the builder asks you: “What’s your budget?” Do you respond, “I have no idea. As cheaply as possible.”? No. You provide them with the numbers given to you by your bank when you were pre-approved for the construction loan/mortgage. The budget the bank approved based on your income, debts, etc.
When you share that information with your builder, they will know which finishes to recommend, which ones are not within the scope of your budget, etc. Planning a wedding is no different.
When planning or designing your wedding, a good vendor will make recommendations that fit within your budget, right out of the gate. They are going to value your time and offer suggestions that are beautiful and price-friendly. They are going to share with you areas where a little additional budget may be hugely valuable, and offer suggestions when your requests are out of budget. They are going to collaborate with you, respect your budget, honor your aesthetic preferences, and strive to impress you from the very first proposal.
The Price Tag
There is a truth you already know going into this process: Things. Cost. Money.
The more reputable the vendor, the more in demand they are, the more beautiful their work, the more things cost. Event professionals, like professionals in every industry, derive their pricing based on: a.) supply, b.) demand; and c.) market-competitive pricing.
The concept of “Supply, demand, and market-competitive pricing” is what drives the economy as a whole.
Supply is the available product, i.e. How many people provide this product/service? When it comes to hard goods, such as chairs or linens, supply may be plentiful – but if you have your heart set on a photographer who speaks to your aesthetic, there may only be two artists with an eye for the style you are looking for.
Demand is the frequency with which the product or service is sought, i.e. Because September offers spectacular weather, many brides choose to wed in the month of September. When elements become a “hot trend” and supply for that item is low or limited, the demand exceeds the supply and prices go up.
Market-competitive pricing is the price arrived at by the providers in the space determined by the supply and the demand.
When everything is said and done, a vendor will do whatever they can to make working together a reality, but they will not sacrifice the brand they have built to do so. If their cakes are $9 a slice, they will not sell you the same cake for $5 per slice. If their drape is $18 a foot, they will not sell you the same drape for $12 a foot. If filet mignon is $60 per plate, they will offer you alternative cuts, but will not offer the filet for $20 per plate. If their photographic artistry is so unique they have achieved a point in their career where their 10-hour wedding coverage begins at $6,000, they will not likely give you the same coverage for $2,000.
There are plenty of times we sit across the table from a wonderful couple – a couple we adore, a couple we would hang out with. Even better, there are couples who have a wedding vision so amazing and spectacular that we would do pretty much anything to be the ones working on it. But there are times when their budget simply doesn’t support working with us; when our products are not financially palatable to them, and they move on to other vendors. We never take it personally when we lose a great job to a competitor, but our hearts break just a little as we mourn the friendship or the project.
If you find yourself trying to negotiate every line item, chances are the vendor is not the right fit for you. They were either ineffective listeners when it came to your budget and preferences, or their products are too costly for your particular budget.
Never the twain shall meet. If you experience budget struggles with every vendor you encounter, there is trouble. As we so eloquently (and by “eloquently”, we mean “bluntly”) explained before: “Things. Cost. Money.” If each vendor category is exceeding your budget, it may be time to reexamine your budget. There are a few options you can consider:
Rethink your guest count. The simplest way to make a wedding more affordable is to adjust the number of expected guests. Fewer mouths to feed, fewer tables to decorate, fewer linens to order, fewer chairs to have available, and less space required.
Postpone the wedding. Use the budgeting described in our first two chapters to establish how long it would take you to have a reasonable wedding budget, then push the wedding back.
Revise your vision. Not many brides want to do this, but some do. If you’re the type of bride where the wedding/ceremony is what matters and you aren’t that enthused by the details, put Pinterest away and just get married.
If you’re interested in more information about budgeting and planning for your particular market, we recommend visiting: www.costofwedding.com
Do It Yourself
There are many things Pinterest can’t tell you about all of those wonderful little DIY projects:
Materials are expensive. If you are shopping at Michael’s, Jo-Ann Fabric, Pearl, Hobby Lobby, etc., you are paying retail price. You could have rented the same items for the same (or close) cost from a décor company.
Purchasing quality silk is not cheaper than live floral. Good silk flowers are quite often the same price as real flowers. If it’s only going to save you $100 in the end, why not just enjoy live flowers?
Failures drive up your costs. Sometimes things don’t come together the way you expect. The adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” can get very expensive. Each time you purchase trial materials, you are paying for them from the budget you allocated to your décor. It would be easy to breeze through $100 on trial and error. Just because it’s a trial, doesn’t make it free.
It’s important to keep a detailed account of your costs. Purchase enough materials to complete your trial. Count the number of items required for the project. How much did each product cost? Did you use all of your available materials? Will some be wasted? Do you need more? Were there delivery charges? How long did it take you to make? Are any of your items seasonal? Can you get enough of the materials you need to complete the whole project? Never assume you can “find more later” – it’s a real possibility you will not be able to.
You will need more than you think. For elaborate tablescapes or large pieces, there is a good chance you are underestimating how much you will need to be satisfied with the scale of your piece. (This is particularly true of feasting tables.) Professional wedding designers have the experience necessary for planning size, shape, and proportion to achieve the look you see in magazine layouts.
You will have a ton of supplies left after the wedding. Vases, candles, fabrics, silk flowers, glass beads, crystals, table numbers, picture frames… What are you doing to do with it? Store it? Sell it? Give it away? Give this some thought before your living room is taken over and your on-going crafts make eating at the dining table an impossibility.
Is it worth it? Aside from the fact that you are likely going to be committing 20+ hours to crafting, you will also want to determine who will install and breakdown all of your DIY projects the day of your wedding. In the end, a DIY project may save you some money. But, if your tablescape is fuller or more elaborate, you are not saving much over commissioning an event decor company who could have provided you with everything in one fell swoop…and installed/broken down everything for you.
What is your time worth? Some projects are time consuming or require work to be completed in phases. Take a real assessment of your time. Do you have the time? Is this what you want to spend your time doing?
Coordinators, Planners, and Venue Managers
There are some distinct differences between a wedding coordinator, a wedding planner, and a venue manager that may not seem evident when you first begin your wedding planning process.
The first person you are likely to connect with is the Venue Manager (also known as: Event Coordinators or Site Managers). The level of involvement your Venue Manager will have the day of your wedding will vary greatly depending on the venue you have selected and that venue’s policies. Some venue managers are highly involved in the planning process and are detailed day-of executors when it comes to the big day. Most, however, are on-site the day of your event to ensure that the details of the day flow smoothly from the venue’s perspective. They are there to ensure that the venue provides you what the venue has promised in their contract or Banquet Event Order (BEO).
Next, and perhaps the most valuable addition to your vendor team, is the Wedding Coordinator. Also known as “Day-of Wedding Coordinators”, these professionals are engaged to work with you in the weeks leading up to the event to ensure that the rehearsal and wedding day run free of stress or hiccups. They will usually meet with you a month before the event to learn about your event and the planning, contracting and designing you have done throughout your planning process – and aim to execute your plan on your behalf. They will advocate for you, protect your timeline, plan, vision, and personal touches, establish and maintain your day-of timeline, and act as the liaison with all your vendors. Your wedding planner is the person who is doing what you would be doing if you weren’t the star of your day.
Lastly, a Wedding Planner is a professional who has been hired to coordinate the details of the wedding from start to finish. They are involved with managing your budget across the board – inclusive of the venue expenses. They work with you to recommend vendors within your budget, are available for experienced counsel when you need guidance or advice, they are on-site the day of the event and with you a trusted support from the start of your day until the dance floor clears and your personal items are collected.
It is important to discern early in your planning process what your venue-assigned professional will and will not do the day of your event. Without clarification, family (most frequently your mother or bridal party members) may wind up working the day of your wedding.
Consider developing a list of questions for your venue or site manager to determine whether their involvement the day of your wedding will give you everything want and need. After all, mom has been dreaming of your wedding day longer than you have – she deserves to be a guest of honor, not your day-of coordinator!
Recognized by Wedding Wire as “Bride’s / Couples’ Choice” in Event Coordination and Event Rental Décor four years running, Event Design is known for our attention to detail and our commitment to event perfection.
Timeless or contemporary, sassy or chic, the Event Design Team and their 30 years combined professional experience in Event Design and Planning, will design and execute your event with style, finesse, and professionalism.
We have worked with many of Tampa Bay’s best vendors to write this guide. Vendors who, like us, are equally committed to providing an outstanding planning experience, and who enjoy collaborative relationships with every client they encounter.
We would like to thank the following for their insight and contributions:
- The Don CeSar,
- Flawless OccasionsGood Food Catering Company,
- The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay,
- K&K Photography,
- The Sandpearl Resort,
- The Vinoy, and
- our clients, who were kind enough to provide us with feedback as we researched this project!
We hope this guide proves useful in helping you establish a practical, real-life budget as you endeavor to throw the biggest party of your life!