We’re so excited to bring you this guest post by Juliet, founder of Everly! What an important post — prioritizing what matters most for you and your wedding will help you apply your budget to things that matter. Thank you for the post, Juliet!

Managing the budget tends to be the most dreaded part of wedding planning. Not only must couples decide on a total amount to spend, they must also determine how to allocate the money across the many different expenses associated with a wedding.

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There are some rules-of-thumb for allocating a wedding budget but rather than adhering to how they are supposed to spend their money, we encourage our couples to go all in on the things they care about and be willing to let go of everything else.

For example, if a couple’s biggest priority is having a great party, we encourage them to spend money on a great DJ and drastically cut back on flowers. We would rather hear about how delighted they were that their reception turned into a great late-night dance party even if that meant going with very simple centerpieces. Or, if you dream of ornate floral installations, go ahead and overspend on that and forget about the cake and favors you are indifferent about anyway. Whatever you choose, just make sure it is totally you!

In the early stages of planning, couples do not necessarily have a complete image of their perfect wedding but they usually have a good idea of the kind of feel they want. Determine what is most important to you and use the grid below to see how we recommend you splurge and cut back. We know, we wish you could have it all too.

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We want all the important people in our lives to be included. Catering
Bar
Rentals
Stationery
Flowers
Photography
We want all our guests to be comfortable. Transportation
Welcome Bags
Rentals
Catering
Music
Photography
We want our reception to be an incredibly fun party. Catering
Bar
Music
Stationery
Flowers
Rentals
We want to get married at an amazing place. Venue
Rentals
Flowers
Catering
Transportation
Music
We want to look and feel outstanding. Attire
Flowers
Stylist
Catering
Transportation
Music
We want to include beautiful details. Rentals
Stationery
Bakery
Catering
Transportation
Music
We want a stress-free celebration we can enjoy. Coordinator
Catering
Transportation
Stationery
Flowers
Bakery

Juliet Horton is the founder of Everly, a Seattle-based online wedding planning service. Prior to founding Everly, Juliet spent years in the banking industry, where she developed a love for Excel and meticulous attention to detail, and in the tech industry, to which she attributes her enthusiasm for the customer experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She lives in Seattle.