If you’re newly engaged and about to embark on your wedding planning journey, we’ve got just the thing for you. Setting your budget is one of the first tasks you should tackle when planning your big day. It's hard work, but we’re offering our top tips and advice to make the process as stress-free as possible!
1. Create A Spreadsheet And Work Out Who’s Paying For The Wedding
Creating a spreadsheet is key! Apart from the obvious, it will ensure you allocate a ‘contingency’ that you can dip into for emergency situations or to cover any unexpected costs. Furthermore, it will allow you to make any meaningful cutbacks if and when required.
Within the spreadsheet you will want to list all of the income you will have available to you, including savings, what you can set aside from your current income, and whether anyone will be contributing or paying for something in particular e.g. your parents may offer to pay for your dress.
2. Research And Prioritise
You may already know what some of the costs of your wedding will be. If that’s the case you could begin entering these onto your spreadsheet. However, as a wedding is usually a once in a life-time event, it’s probably safe to say that the majority of couples will have no clue about how much things cost. To give you a head start, you may want to ask friends and family that are already married what they paid for certain things, however, unless you hire a wedding planner, you’re probably not gong to find out real costs until you start making enquiries with your suppliers.
In terms of defining your wedding budget, you also need to consider what’s important to you both. For example, you may not be too bothered about décor, but might be a foodie and therefore want your guests to have a great food experience. In this case you’re going to want to allocate a larger proportion of your budget to catering than décor. Ask yourself what do we really want, what would we like, and what is not essential. In a nutshell, adjust your wedding budget to reflect your priorities.
3. Prepare For The Unexpected
As mentioned in step one, you need to be prepared for any ‘unexpected’ costs that may crop up along the planning process. These can include postage for invitations, alterations, corkage, supplier meals, supplier overtime etc. Always read through proposals and contracts carefully, and ask questions before signing on the dotted line.
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