As a couple it is down to you to set a wedding budget that works for your financial situation – I see people getting married and spending thousands, and others on a shoestring – but they all still have an amazing day. I don’t believe there is a right or a wrong way to do it, but it is important to have realistic expectations of the budget that you have. I want to help you have the wedding of your dreams, whatever your budget – so here are my 5 top tips to keep your wedding budget realistic!
- Do your research
Before booking anything, do your research. Start browsing the internet and looking at wedding venues and other wedding ideas that you think you would like. Wedding blogs and magazines can often give you a rough guide to how much each aspect of a wedding may cost but personal research is still vital. Individual venues and wedding business owners usually have price guides on their websites so try and make a note of the ones you like the look of. Start a spreadsheet and put these rough figures into it – this will help give you an overall guide to how much you will need to spend and will give you a full picture before you start to book anything. This way if you choose to spend slightly more in one area, you know you will need to cut back on something else.
- Don’t try and be Pinterest perfect
I LOVE Pinterest and it can be great for wedding planning – just be careful. I see brides coming forward with incredible mood boards of beautiful weddings – but they don’t always realise the cost it would involve to recreate those amazing images. Don’t be drawn into the idea that you need to create a Pinterest Perfect wedding – take inspiration and then make the day your own.
- Be honest and upfront about your budgets
When approaching wedding businesses to find out if you can book them for your day – be totally honest with them about the budget you have upfront. If you just take your initial ideas to them then you may find the cost to replicate that look is very high – however if you tell them the budget that you do have, they will be able to see if they can create something similar for you, but within your budget. If they can’t then they may be able to point you in the direction of someone who can. Wedding business owners want to help you have an amazing day – so be honest with them from the outset.
- If it looks too good to be true – it probably is!
Please don’t be fooled into cheap pricing when it comes to your wedding day. I regularly hear from brides who have booked a SUPER cheap deal on the internet – only to find out that it was a scam, or there was a hidden cost that they were not aware of. If a price looks too good to be true, then be wary! Do your research and find out if they have a good reputation and question why they are so cheap. It may be because they lack experience, or just that they are not very good. Do you really want to leave the biggest day of your life in the hands of an unqualified stranger, just to try and get a good deal?
- Choose what aspects are the most important
When it comes to your wedding day I am a big believer in quality over quantity. It is better to spend money on a few great aspects of your day to ensure they are amazing, rather than trying to spread your budget very thinly and doing everything badly. Decide which parts of the day are the most important to you? Would you rather have a grand wedding, with less guests, or a more informal day which is packed with all your nearest and dearest. When it came to my wedding the photographs, my dress and a large guest list were my biggest criteria, and those are the areas that took up most of my budget. Decide which aspects of your day are the most important to you, and spend your budget on those.
Whatever your wedding budget is, don’t lose sight of the real reason that you are having the wedding in the first place. Your wedding day is about making a commitment to the person you love the most, and at the end of it all – that is all that really matters.
– Wedding expert and blogger at engageweddings.co.uk
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