Engaged? Do this FIRST!

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Before you look at venues, try on a dress or even look at Pinterest, there is one task you absolutely need to do first. Stop all of your wedding planning. Don’t do another thing. The one, and only thing, you need to do right now is set your wedding budget. I know, it’s not very sexy, but trust me, it is everything in your wedding planning.How to set a wedding budget

Did you know that couples like you underestimate the cost of their wedding by 40 percent? 40 percent! Having a true understanding of what things cost and setting a reasonable budget, will save you from overspending and fighting about money being spent. I see it all the time. Taking the time to do your budget first, is the smartest way to happy wedding planning.

So, how do you set your wedding budget? I want you to think of a concrete amount of money that you will not consider going over. What is your breaking point? Is it $15,000? $40,000? $102,350? Every couple’s financial circumstances are different. Pick the number that is comfortable to you. That’s it. Then, you fit the wedding plans to your budget, not the other way around.

Once your budget is set, then you allocate it. In general, wedding budgets are broken out like this:

50% venue, food, cake, beverages
10% photography, videography
10% entertainment
10% flowers, decor, rentals
20% attire, transportation, stationary, favors/gifts, planner

There are no hard rules to wedding budgeting though, so if you have always dreamed of being married under a ceiling of orchids, then you would allocate more money to your flowers and decor and take that extra percentage from another category. The trick is to take any extra money needed for one category from another, so you don’t go over your total budget. Make sense? I promise if you set your budget first, your wedding planning will be much easier.

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Traditional Catholic Wedding at Founders Chapel, University of San Diego

I was very excited to work with Jay and Veronica as they were married at one of my favorite places, Founder’s Chapel at the University of San Diego. As a USD alumna myself, this chapel holds a special place in my heart. The couple hired Stephanie Rose Events to coordinate all of their wedding details about 2 months before their wedding day.

The bride was radiant in her gown and was surrounded by her family and closest friends as she was getting ready.


The groom was calm and happy waiting for his turn to walk down the aisle.



Founder’s Chapel is so beautiful that it doesn’t require much additional decor. The couple added two alter displays and flowers to line the aisle.


Eucharist for the wedding Mass.


The bridesmaids wore a vibrant red and the groomsmen matched with their ties and red rose bouts. The flower girl and ring bearer were adorable and practiced their walk all morning so they would be perfect for the wedding. Such committment!






The wedding Mass included traditions from the bride’s Mexican heritage and the groom’s Filipino family. The couple also presented flowers to Mary.





Mariachi Real de San Diego provided the ceremony music as well as the cocktail music after Mass.










Ceremony Venue: Founder’s Chapel, University of San Diego
Reception Venue: The Bayview Restaurant, MCRD
Photography: DeSerra Photography
Music: Mariachi Real de San Diego
Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events