At One Curious Dream, one of the first tasks we undertake with our wedding planning clients is to set a realistic and achievable wedding budget, after all, you don’t want to start married life with crippling debt! It’s likely that you will already have a rough wedding budget in mind, so as professional UK wedding planners, it’s our job to make your wedding budget extend as far as possible and to ensure your hard-earned cash is being spent on the right things. If you’re not working with a UK wedding planner or have no idea about what a wedding might cost, here are our top tips to help you set a wedding budget!
1 – Honesty is the best policy!
It’s so important that you and your partner have an open and honest conversation about what you can afford to spend on your UK wedding. There’s nothing more stressful than over-stretching yourself or having your whole wedding planning journey riddled with anxiety about spiralling costs, so ensuring you’re on the same page, from the outset, is crucial. Keep in mind that costs can be front-loaded with booking a venue and paying a deposit for suppliers, so deciding if these wedding costs can be paid from a savings pot or whether you need to get some fresh funds behind you first is also really important.
2 – Have THE big chat!
As professional UK wedding planners, we always advise our wedding planning couples to get the awkward conversations out of the way as early as possible! If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or relative contribute towards your day, you’ll need to find out how much cash they would like to inject into your wedding and when they will be able to share these funds with you. It’s also really important to establish what the expectations are in return for that money – do your parents expect to invite their own friends because they are paying, for example?
3 – Create your guest list
Even if it’s only a rough count for now, having an idea of how many guests you would like to invite to your wedding enables you to make informed decisions from the offset. If you’re looking to plan a small and intimate wedding, looking at more intimate venues with free room hire could save you some cash, for example. Having a rough guest count will also enable you to work out some rough costs for catering, which is likely to be one of your higher expense. If you’re looking to host a larger wedding, you may need to spend longer saving, or opt for a weekday or out of wedding season date to save some cash!
4 – Contingency is key
No matter how carefully you plan, there will always be some unexpected costs that crop up. Having a pool of money set aside will help with these wedding planning costs and ensure you’re not left out of pocket when the unexpected occurs.
5 – Prioritise
Make a list of your biggest costs – your venue hire and catering are likely to be at the top of this list. From there, you’ll be able to establish how much you have left in your budget to pay for the special touches and other suppliers that you require. You’ll need to establish what’s really important to you – we always suggest that our wedding planning couples make a significant investment in their wedding photographer as you’ll keep the pictures forever! However, for other areas, some elements will take priority – if you’re both really into music, paying more for your band and DJ might be worthwhile, for example.
6 – Stick to it!
Once you’ve established how much of your wedding budget you’re prepared to allocate to each element, STICK TO IT! Easier said than done, but with some research and a flexible attitude, it IS possible to ensure your UK wedding costs don’t spiral out of control.
At One Curious Dream, we help our couples stick to their wedding budgets and ensure your money goes as far as possible to create the wedding from your wildest dreams. If you’d like some wedding planning advice or just to have an informal chat with our team of professional UK wedding planners, drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you!