You start out with "sticker" shock once you start finding out how much things really cost. Your venue and catering should be about 48% of your budget. Music and Photography about 10% each. Flowers about 8 to 10% for the Bridal party and ceremony flowers, add another 5 ti 7% for reception flowers.
You have gifts, invitations and transportation which should be about 2% each. The bride and grooms attire, gown, shoes, tux, hair and makeup and any other thing that each would wear should run around 10%.
We try to work within a budget but sometimes now matter what we do we just can't. We realize that most people have no idea what flowers cost, I do have a page "Just so you know" that goes into detail about pricing.
Your budget must be the first thing you set in place, if you don't you are out of control with in just a few days. You wouldn't go out and buy a car or home without having a budget and you shouldn't plan a wedding without one either.
Part of our job as a floral designer is to help you stay within your budget, yes we are the ones that say "no you can't afford that". But let us show you something you can afford. Let's look at options like less expensive flowers, or smaller arrangements. Just let us help you with what we do best.
So when you go to a florist or wedding event designer please don't say you haven't thought about a budget, or that you don't have a budget because you really need one before they can quote you a price.