An estimated 80% of couples spend more on their wedding than they originally planned. It’s easy to get carried away. Your wedding should be the best day of your life and you want everything to be perfect.
But it is possible to organise your dream wedding without bankrupting yourself. Nicola Jones of Brighton Wedding Planner gives her top tips on how to plan your wedding without blowing the budget.
Set a Realistic Budget
The most common reason why couples go over their wedding budget is that they don’t set aside enough money for the type of wedding they want.
So start by deciding on your budget. Whether it’s £50,000 or £5,000, you need to know upfront how much money you have to play with. If it’s not enough for what you’ve got in mind look at making compromises. Otherwise, consider waiting until you’ve saved up a bit more money. It will be worth it in the end when you start married life debt-free.
Book the Right Venue, On the Right Date
Roughly a quarter of your wedding budget should go towards the venue. Your venue will dictate the style of your wedding, the look of your photos and the mood of the day (formal vs. informal, outside vs. inside, etc…). Therefore make sure you book somewhere you’re really happy with.
Once you’ve found your perfect venue consider booking a midweek or out-of-season date. It can often come in at half the cost. Also check if your venue charges extra for corkage, service or accommodation.
Finally, always ask if they can do a better price than the one they’ve quoted, especially if the date is soon. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Prioritise and Compromise
Think about what’s important to you, and prioritise your budget accordingly. It could be the wedding dress, getting married in a stunning location, or having all your family and friends with you to celebrate.
You may need to compromise and cut corners in areas which are less important. At the end of the day, does it matter if you serve Cava instead of Champagne?
Make what you can yourself, and source your decorations from vintage boutiques, charity shops and car boot sales. You’ll save money, get something truly unique, and help the environment too.
Think Like a Wedding Planner (or Hire One In)
Try not to get too attached to a supplier or service – it puts you in a better position to get a good deal. Haggle on everything and check contracts for things you don’t need.
If you’re short of time or need a bit of extra help, consider hiring a wedding planner. It may sound counter-intuitive to spend money on another service, but a professional planner can help you get the best value for money and stay on budget. They can often negotiate fantastic rates from suppliers and venues.