Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful few days and managed to eat your weight in mince pies and turkey!
I can’t believe it’s nearly 2017, It just proves how quickly time flies when you’re planning a wedding, but fear not I’m here to give you some top tips to get you started on your wedding journey… also it’s the perfect excuse to snuggle up on the sofa this Christmas and delve into your pile of wedding magazines!
How’s the wedding planning going? That’s a phrase that seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue at the moment. Their interest is well intentioned; after all I’ve made them wait nearly 3 whole years since the engagement to get married.
Looking back it seemed so far away, on July 26, 2014, we joined the ranks of the officially engaged and suddenly we were planning a wedding. Where to start? After all the initial excitement has settled its time create a wedding timeline for your big day but before you even start looking at venues, dresses & more, the wedding budget needs to be discussed.
Playing such an important part in the whole planning process you don’t want to ignore the costs and end up with a wedding budget that’s spiraling out of control, remember it’s time to celebrate but there’s nothing worse than starting off married life in a mass of debt.
Whether you have £50,000 or £5,000 to spend, with careful organisation and a some money-saving tricks, you can have the wedding you always wanted.
Here’s my wedding budget 101 to get the wedding of your dreams.
The first question that cropped up was who’s paying? My family are very traditional and are picking up a lot of our wedding tab, but these days more often than not you’ll be footing the bill yourselves, the best way to establish your financial position is to be truly honest and discuss openly with both families what they want/are able to contribute… you might be surprised what dad’s been stashing away all these years!
The next step is to decide how much you two can save between now and the wedding and what is going to be achievable. In general, there are several major factors that can really affect your wedding budget and might be something you have to reassess along the way.
- Guest List Size – there’s a cost per head to factor in and as your guest list grows so does your wedding bill. Sometimes you just have to say no to all the plus ones otherwise you could end up with double your initial guest list.
- Date and Time – Weekend dates in the height of summer are always pricier (for obvious reasons) but try looking at a mid-week wedding if you fall in love but just can’t stretch to a pricier date. With couples planning so far In advance a simple save the date can notify guests of your date well in advance of a formal invite, giving your guest enough time to sort out any holidays to be taken.
- Wedding Style – Depending on how much you’re planning on sticking with a particular ‘theme’ or even just adding in additional décor such as floral arrangements throughout your venue can add up. Think about making small changes to different elements of the day for example a simple change like a solo singer instead of a string quartet can help save some much needed cash in your wedding budget.
Keep these few simple points in the back of your mind through the planning process and you’ll be well on your way to wedding bliss.
La Petite Bride