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Plan Ahead and Know Your Budget: Tips From a Wedding Planner

Initially, getting married may feel like a chance to throw a massive party, but as anyone who's planned a wedding will tell you, the details involved in personalized vows and decorative fondant can quickly become overwhelming. Luckily, you don't have to become another victim of Pinterest overdose.


Put down the seating chart and check out this helpful video featuring advice from Erica Taylor, of Brooklyn-based event planning and design company Tinsel & Twine. She and her partners have years of experience planning everything from large events and intimate dinner parties to quite a few stunning weddings. And in this video, Erica offers up expert wedding guidance for any brides or grooms in need.

With 2.5 million weddings per year in the U.S. (that's 44,000 per day), $40 billion spent annually, and the average wedding costing $25,200, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of information out there and how much money you'll be spending on one day. Breathe and let Erica be your guide. In this video, Erica teaches you the value of anxiety-reducing timelines, shows you how to craft a realistic budget, and offers strategies for dealing with wedding-day hiccups. Her creative tips — like the the potential value of a destination wedding and why you should reconsider the assumption that in-laws only add stress to the process — will keep you inspired and organized.


Use Erica's experience and expertise to ensure that your wedding goes as close to perfectly as possible. Because you want to remember this day for the rest of your life, just not as the day that you had a nervous breakdown when the boutonnieres showed up a half-hour late.

If you have more questions, check out the comments to see Erica's answers to readers' planning and design queries.


With these tips, you'll be well on your way to planning a fun wedding that fits your personality. Now that you have the tools to help you celebrate the beginning of a long, happy life with the person you love, contact State Farm to help you protect it.

Nandita Raghuram is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn.

This post is a sponsored collaboration between State Farm and Studio@Gawker.

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