It’s easy to get very stressed while you’re planning your wedding. Everyone has their perfect idea of the day in their head, but it can sometimes be difficult creating this in reality. Especially at the average cost of weddings these days. But you don’t have to panic that your wedding won’t be up to scratch. Take a deep breath and read through this handy wedding planning guide. It tells you all the important things you need to budget for.
Your wedding venue is going to be probably your biggest cost. Especially if you have one venue for the ceremony and another for the reception and evening party. Stately homes such as clevedonhall.co.uk are very popular venues with those wanting a traditional wedding. If you have a church wedding, you will also be expected to pay towards the use of the church. For a fairly cheap day, say your vows in a registry office and put up a marquee in your garden for the reception.
Every bride-to-be will have spent so long dreaming about the perfect wedding dress! You’ll probably have spent a long time getting into the shape so you can fit into your ideal design. So it’ll be a shame if you can’t afford the dress you want. Be sure to set some money aside specifically for the wedding dress. Don’t forget; you will also need to buy the groom’s suit and the bridesmaid dresses.
Depending on the venue you choose for the reception, catering might be included in the price. If not, you will need to include it in your budget. There are loads of different options when it comes to wedding breakfasts and receptions. You can see a lot of ideas on websites like weddingideasmag.com/category/wedding-catering/. A sit-down three-course meal will usually be one of the most expensive options. To keep things on the cheap side, opt for a buffet.
Stag and Hen Dos
Quite a few couples forget to budget for their stag and hen do parties. Even though these aren’t a part of the main day, you should still consider them in your wedding budget. If you don’t save up for them, they may turn out disappointing! So decide early on what you want to do and work out how much it will cost. You can keep cost down by simply going on a night out. If you want to push the boat out, jet off for a relaxing weekend in a European beach resort!
They may only be small, but they are a very important item for your big day! And can be very expensive. Simple gold bands can be reasonably priced. However, if you want any inscriptions or other personalised designs, they may push the price up. Take a look at jewellery websites. They sometimes offer a discount if you order online.
If your wedding is just around the corner, it’s time to start saving now. Otherwise your bank balance might say ‘I don’t’!