In the 3rd part of our wedding planning guide we discuss how important it is to budget for your wedding from the outset.
Step 1 – What Wedding do you want? (part 3)
If there is one thing that upsets me greatly, it’s seeing couples struggle to pay for a wedding they cannot afford. Please work out what you can realistically afford to save and speak to your parents about any contribution they can offer. Do you have any talented relatives or friends that can lend a helping hand? The key is to have a wedding you can afford without compromising on style. Discuss with your fiancée what elements of the day are important to you, i.e entertainment, venue or number of guests. You then spend money on the areas important to you and save on other areas, for example spending £3 per favour for every guest is not a necessity whereas perhaps a good photographer is?
If family are contributing towards to wedding, put it towards something like a photographer or transport. Once you use that money for the reception, you open yourself up to conflicts in terms of who ‘should be invited’. Use the below % breakdown as a guide when working out what to allocate to the reception or suppliers.
In the next instalment we will discuss how to hire your dream team.