Most of my couples deciding destination in Italy and in Sicily often know from where to start the wedding planning process.
Couples call me to figure out the aspects of wedding design with Italian themes and moods and select luxury venues and, high-end wedding vendors.
Couples are not entirely aware of the realistic budget items.
Most of them try to build a wedding budget. Unfortunately, 80% of the budget prepared by the couple is 40% underestimated; based on average costs the expectation of the couples budget is around $23k …. but end up spending nearly $30k*
'Source weddingwire.com - USA report 2020'
As an expert international planner based in Italy, I work to draw out the “real budget items” and reject any easy-going and unethical approach.
Reasons for budget increases might be voluntary, by allocating funds to items Couples fell in love with. Or worst and unpredictable because the couples have low awareness of the long list of things to do and have to deal with almost 15 vendors and several options for upgrades of the venue as well as special add-ons necessary for a high-end wedding outcome.
I confirm the expected budget is, in most cases, underestimated, reality and experience teach. Do not desperate still possible to have a blast wedding in Italy on a budget. We will do it together.
UNDERESTIMATING THE WEDDING BUDGET
The approach is for all costs of the wedding, cost-effectively brought together into one. The Bespoke wedding planning cost breakdown is herewith available. While the Wedding Package is a selling proposal, a way to realize real costs of essentials, avoid wrong estimations, start to build a realistic budget, and choose Venue and adds-on with the help of a local international wedding planner.
It is strongly recommended to arrange items in a wedding budget sheet to avoid having costs out of control.
Beware, as per international surveys held in the USA, UK, and Australia the couple’s “expected budget” is underestimated and for such reason, it is strongly recommended the support of a professional destination wedding planner living in Italy.
80% of the budget prepared by the couple is 40% underestimated. Based on average costs the Expectation of Couples budget is around $23k …. but end up spending nearly $30k
(Source weddingwire.com - USA Report 2020)
$21,236 is the average original wedding budget – $25,540 is what couples believe their final wedding cost will be – $31,368 is the final average wedding cost
(Source easywedding.com.au - Australia Report)
two thirds (65%) of couples go over budget
(Source bridebook.co.uk - UK report)
WEDDINGS IN ITALY ON A BUDGET
MAJOR 3 LOADS OF A WEDDING BUDGET: VENUE - RECEPTION - GUEST COUNT
Compared to footing the bill for a lavish wedding, taking a simple wedding planning journey to the DIY is obviously more economical but totally different outcome.
Dreamers, don’t despair. You can still have a luxury romantic wedding ceremony and reception without going overboard. You just need a budget and an international wedding planner!
Select a planner able to create a spreadsheet budget with Estimated, Modified, and Actual columns. Amounts under Estimated will be driven by planner experience by local costs; a proposal from vendors chosen will go in Modified, and the final amount you pay will go in Actual.
The international planner will help you to include also a line item called Extras to have a cushion for things you will likely forget or won’t anticipate in advance. You will need it throughout the planning process as incidental arise.
To think and compile your estimated budget you can also access the average cost for a wedding in Sicily and the 5 wedding packages breakdown.