This may be one of the most difficult questions to answer because it depends on a lot of different factors. Various bridal resources have tried to come up with some sort of formula for their readers to stick to and keep it as simplistic as possible, but the reality is that everyone’s needs and desires are different. You’re not going to throw the same shindig as your best friend from High School, or even your own sibling so you have to prioritize your own needs and desires.
What I find with my clients, is that my services usually rank somewhere in the top 3 budget expenses, typically because the photographs from the day will last well beyond the last slice of cake. So, in essence, you should allocate more of your budget toward what you feel is the most important. Whether that’s the venue, the food, or the photography….that’s up to you to decide.