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.
WEDDINGS IN ITALY ON A BUDGET
3 MAJOR 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.