Be realistic when it comes to money
The first hurdle in the process of planning your wedding budget is to determine what you can realistically afford to spend. There are things (like a dream wedding dress or bespoke suit) that you won’t want to compromise on, however, by allocating a portion of your budget to these things, early on in your planning, will help you get a better idea of how much you have to spend for the big day.
It’s likely you won’t have experienced arranging a sit-down meal for 100 or so guests, and as a result can be surprising how quickly things can add up. With so many factors to consider it’s worth setting aside some time early on in your planning to agree on a budget and allocate a sum to food and drink for your wedding, after all it is a crucial element to the day. Don’t forget to consider what your wedding package includes, or if you need to source external caterers, what their ‘starting from’ prices are, and if you wish to add any extras.
Get it in writing
You may find that most of the wedding venues and wedding suppliers who operate in the UK are small and independent and have their own way of doing things. This is great when it comes to finding that totally unique wedding venue or boutique wedding florist, however, this can make it a little tricky when comparing costs across different suppliers. For example, some may charge for delivery, whilst some include it in the fees. With this in mind, it’s best to get the quote in writing so that there are no hidden costs further down the line.
Not everything needs to be on a budget, however, some of your wedding ideas might need adjusting to ensure you’re not over-spending. Below is a list of five things that we think you could adapt when it comes to planning your wedding: