It’s important to manage your wedding budget to avoid any unforseen expenses. If you have just started planning your wedding day, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by how much there is to do. With careful consideration, you can keep track of all the associated costs so there are no nasty surprises later on.
When you’re just starting to plan your wedding day on a budget, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything there is still to do. Whether you are planning to hold a grand cocktail reception for 200 people or a smaller, more intimate gathering for 50 guests, there is always a budget to consider. The following tips will help you to manage your wedding budget. Keep calm, take a deep breath, stay inspired, and read on for wedding planning tips to help you control your spend.
All the Best Laid Plans
The best way to keep track of your wedding day expenses is to keep a budget planner. Here you can add the following details:
- The total spent so far.
- How much money you still have left.
- Who is paying for what?
Organising Your Planner
Organise your planner by listing the main aspects of the occasion. Use these points as headings to help you to keep up with all the costs involved. Your wedding planner is likely to include the following headings:
- Drinks and catering with all service charges.
- Wedding ceremony and reception venue booking fees.
- Invitations and stationery.
- Decorations and flowers.
- Wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses.
- Groom suit hire costs.
- Wedding cake creation and any service charges for cake cutting/serving.
- Wedding photography and film.
- Wedding rings.
There are likely to be several costs associated with getting married which are not featured on your wedding budget planner. These may include:
- The engagement ring.
- A new outfit for him for the bucks’ party.
- A new outfit for her for the hen night.
- The pre-wedding dinner.
Most newlyweds will be receiving gifts from guests during the reception. However, you may want to consider how much money you have in your budget for:
- Wedding favours.
- Bridesmaid gifts.
- Gifts for the best man and groomsmen.
- Gifts for the parents of the bride and groom.
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