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How to Determine Your Wedding Budget

Updated: Feb 14, 2023


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Congratulations- you’re engaged! Life has likely been a whirlwind of twitterpated excitement, and while you’ve probably been dreaming about the big day when you get to say “I do” since you were a child, there’s a lot to be done! First things first- before you dive in, you have to determine your wedding

budget. Celebrating your fairytale come

true doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can spare yourself loads of stress by prioritizing right away what is most important to you.

From photographers to caterers to music (and more), adding up all of the elements of a wedding can seem overwhelming at first. On top of that, the opinions of family and friends who genuinely want to help can also become a heavy influence- you want everything to be perfect, right? However, the most important factor to consider when determining your wedding budget is what YOU will value most. It will likely be different for every couple- some may want to focus on the reception more than the ceremony, or vice versa. Others will seek the perfect venue for dancing and celebration, while their counterparts desire a huge feast and top-notch catering company. Still more may want to spend their extra dollars on a photographer who can capture their memories for a lifetime in a style that best reflects them as a couple. Whether your wedding is big or small, none of these alternatives are “wrong.” Sitting down as a couple and creating an itemized list of priorities before you begin making arrangements can help take a huge weight off of your shoulders and ensure that you enjoy your celebration of the beginning of forever together.

Additional factors to consider when budgeting for your celebration include the season, the size of the guest list, the date and time, and your style and design preferences as a couple. It’s never bad to ask questions about even the smallest things (and we are happy to answer them!). Keep track of your costs, and have an idea ahead of time how much you are willing to spend overall and on each element- it’s always better to plan to go over than to be left with not enough.

At the Barn at Aspen Acres, we want to serve and accommodate you so that your big day is as special, memorable, and stress-free as possible. If the wedding venue itself isn’t at the very top of your priority list, we understand! This day is about YOU, and we truly want to listen and assist in making your vision come to life. We hope that our venue turns out to be the perfect hub for all of your wedding hopes and dreams- from the warm atmosphere and clean, modern design of the barn itself; down to the tiny, personalized details. Our spacious, well-lit bridal loft is ideal for capturing the soft, sweet moments of preparing for the ceremony, as well as other photographs that you will cherish for years to come. The patio and minimalistic landscaping design join to create a mood of unity, celebration, and simplicity amongst the aspen trees in our beloved Black Hills. Able to host up to 400 individuals comfortably, our modern venue also includes ample parking space for your guests, an outdoor firepit and reception area where large families can come together in dancing and entertainment, a stunning ceremony site and arbor, a selective beer and wine bar, and a fully equipped warming kitchen for catering parties! When you become part of the Aspen Acres family, YOU are the most important part of your wedding day. As our top priority, you, your loved ones, and any outside vendors you choose will be met with hospitality, humanity, and open arms ready to celebrate unity in true love- and we can’t wait!


The Team at the Barn at Aspen Acres

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