Planning a wedding? Start with the budget

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - The proposal was perfect. You’ve told friends and family the exciting news and shared pictures of the sparkly new ring on Instagram. Now it’s time to plan the wedding.

Katie Gyorko, owner of Katie Gyorko Planning & Design, said, "Honestly, the first thing you need to do is decide your guest list and your budget. They are actually one in the same and that's one thing a lot of couples don't understand. Your budget equals your guest list and your guest list equals your budget and they dictate each other equally throughout the entire planning process."

Throwing out a number is one thing; what I've learned in my planning process, sticking to it is the hard part.

"Keep an excel sheet, I do this for my brides. I have an excel sheet that has a running total of everything," said Gyorko.

It is important to discuss what you are both comfortable spending and research wedding costs.

"The average wedding is around $30,000 to $31,000 in our area, and of course you could always spend more or you could spend less," said Gyorko.

Review your financial situation before you choose the cake, put a deposit down on a DJ or even set a firm date.

"Who is going to contribute? Who is going to pay for what? If you are paying for it all yourself, parents are going to help, grandparents. And of course how much they are going to contribute?," Gyorko said.

The most important thing to remember is to try not stress if your wedding vision and budget do not align. At the end of the day, if you're married to the one you love then everything went perfectly!

"Be true to you and yourself as a couple. This is your day it's your love story, no one else is going to write this but you and at the end of the you want to look back and say this was the most amazing day ever," said Gyorko.

Happy Planning!

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