The scary part of any wedding is the budget! Whether you are a couple with a small budget or planning the full works, it does help to have a budget planner to help you keep track of the purse strings!
In the grand scheme of wedding preparations this might not seem like the most exciting element of your wedding planning, but it is an absolutely essential task. Without preparing a proper budget you could end up running out of funds before you have booked all the suppliers you need. Your wedding budget is personal to you and should be considered with care and attention, and most importantly with honesty.
It can be hard to know where to start with your wedding budget and can sometimes lead to shying away from creating one. Once you make a start it will become easy and help you to plan where you want your money to go.
Allocate your budget
Step one is to prioritise the most important things first, this may involve some compromises but once you make a start it will become easier. A good rule is to spend your money where you will spend the majority of your time on your wedding day. For instance, you may be having a church wedding followed by a wedding breakfast at another venue. You will spend approximately 1-2 hours at the church, which can still be made beautiful with the simplest of decoration, leaving more budget for the rest of the day.
If your ceremony and wedding breakfast are at the same venue, re-use items for ceremony and reception. The venue staff will be used to transferring decorations from ceremony to reception.
Before booking your suppliers, make sure you get at least three quotes and clarify anything you are unsure of before signing any contracts.
It is also worth remembering that you need to feel comfortable with your chosen suppliers and trust them to deliver the requirements you have chosen for your big day.
I love a to-do list and a speadsheet; there is some good about seeing a plan coming together! If you are like me, you have probably already set up your budget planner!
If not, we have created a budget planner for you. If like me you love a speadsheet, we can email our speadsheet budget planner to you or we have a version you can print off.
The worst thing would be to realise you have not budgeted enough money for your dream wedding, so make sure you keep an eye on your budget.