How to decide your wedding budget
The first thing you should do before you embark on your wedding planning journey is set out your budget – it’ll dictate every decision you make. Not sure where to start? Never fear, we’ve come up with some questions to ask yourselves before deciding your wedding budget to get you on the right track.
1. Are we on the same page?
If your partner is imagining the traditional big white wedding, but you’re sold a smaller wedding and a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, you’re going to run into problems. Ensure that you and your partner are on the same page with your wedding budget and the type of wedding you both want.
2. Who is paying for the wedding?
If family members have mentioned paying for some or all of the wedding, now is the time to ask. Communication is key here: Know what you can expect from the offset – the last thing you want is a hefty bill that you weren’t expecting a couple of months before the wedding. It’s also a good idea to think about how much involvement you want your families having in the wedding planning at this stage. If your parents are paying but you don’t want to invite all of their friends, make it clear now to avoid future bad feeling.
3. What are your priorities?
You can’t decide how much to spend until you’ve decided what you can’t live without. Your wedding budget should be perfect for you – save on the things you’re not sure on, and splurge on the fun stuff. Make a list of your “musts” and a rough estimation of how much they’re going to cost you, this is a great way to get an idea of how much you’re talking about for the whole wedding.
4. How many people are we going to invite?
The number of people that you invite will affect the amount you have to spend on your wedding. Most venues and caterers work on a cost per head basis, so having an idea of numbers is essential from an early stage.
5. What can we comfortably afford?
Take a long look at your finances: What can you actually afford to spend on the wedding? Sit down with your partner and decide how much you’re willing to spend comfortably – the last thing you want to do is stretch yourselves and spend the day worrying about the bill.
Ask yourselves these questions and you’ll be well on the way to deciding your wedding budget – happy spending! Need further help with your wedding planning? Check out our free wedding checklist for online wedding planning!
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