How to stay on top of your wedding budget

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Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life, and it often takes lots of time, effort and money to achieve the experience you dream of. Staying on top of your budget can be difficult – read our guide for some helpful tips to avoid overspending on your big day.

A united front

When planning your wedding, make sure both you and your partner are involved, and that you both agree or come to a compromise with regards to exactly what you want for the wedding. From a horse and carriage to buttonholes, you’ll need to account for every aspect of the event, and make sure you’re both happy with the costs for each element.

An exclusive guest list

When drawing up your wedding guest list, you’ll need to discuss how you’re going to divide up the invitations; maybe one of you has a larger family than the other, so will be able to send out more invitations to relatives, for example.

While colleagues and acquaintances are bound to want to come along to celebrate with you, don’t be pressurised into inviting more people than you can afford. If you’re hoping for an intimate budget wedding, tell people honestly that your finances will only allow you to invite relatives and close friends.

A well-planned event

Before you start organising your wedding, make a list of everything you want to include, and don’t forget the small touches. Separate the list into sections and then do some research to find out roughly how much of the total spend will be split into each area. If you make a plan of what you need to pay for and tick it off as you go along, you’ll be able to keep track of your spending and also make sure the amounts you’re paying out match up with your rough calculations, preventing you from going over budget.

A debt-free future

Many couples get into a significant amount of debt in the run-up to their big day, and this sort of start to your future as man and wife is best avoided if you can. As much as you may want an elaborate experience, think about how long it will take you to pay back the debts, as well as how much it will eat into your salaries for the foreseeable future.

An all-inclusive package

To avoid overspending, look for a special deal for your big day. Many venues offer inclusive packages that will cover a number of elements, such as use of the venue for the ceremony, the function room for the reception, and the meal. You might be able to keep your costs down by taking advantage of a special offer and this can also help you keep track of your spending.

A savvy shopping list

When it comes to making purchases for your wedding day, try to be as savvy as possible to keep expenditure to a minimum. Look for seasonal deals and call in favours from friends or family members who can help you out. Perhaps you know someone with a classic car, for example – could you borrow it at mates’ rates for your big day?

Don’t be put off pre-loved goods either – you could save a fortune on your wedding dress by picking one from a dress agency that stocks nearly-new gowns, and you might find your bridesmaids’ dresses there too.


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