Category Archives for "Budget Advice"
If I had a penny for every bride who has asked me about keeping to your wedding budget, I’d be able to help pay for all your weddings! It seems to be the biggest problem brides are facing and the one causing the most sleepless nights.
I asked brides on my mailing list what was their main problem/frustration/worry when planning their wedding. Budgeting and money was the biggest response I got! I’m not saying keeping to budget is easy, you always seem to be drawn to things that are above what you can afford, but it is doable. So, I thought I’d give you some hints and tips. Follow my advice and you should have no problem keeping to your wedding budget!Continue reading
I really don’t think that way. There are a lot of different things you should consider when deciding on a supplier.
Certain products and services are judged on your own individual taste. For example, a cake design you love may be another person’s idea of a cake from hell. A wedding photographer you admire may not shoot in the style another couple likes. If you book a photographer that charges £3000 just because you think they must be good to charge that price, that is not value for money. But if you book one for £1500 because you love what they do, who is to say they’re not as good a photographer? As long as the supplier you are booking is fully insured and has testimonials from past customers you can make your decision based on their work. I judge quality wedding suppliers on their product or service and reputation, not on the price they charge. Continue reading
So how do you actually pay for your wedding? Lots of people can give advice on how to save money on your wedding. For example, having a wedding budget to stick to and doing loads of amazing little DIY tricks yourself. But few will tell you how to actually save the money to pay for your wedding.
Do you have a tight wedding budget? Most couples do when planning their wedding and everyone has different priorities. I, personally, would never compromise on quality photography, videography or wedding rings because these are the things that last forever. Other couples would not compromise on the venue, the dream dress, the decor or THOSE shoes!!!
Now we have started to pay for our wedding we are feeling the pinch. It’s so much easier when you’re a wedding planner, it’s not your money that you’re spending. I know we have to make sacrifices to pay for our big day, so I sat down and started to think about where we could save money in our everyday spending so that we could put that money towards paying for the wedding. Here are 7 ideas I had of how you can save money for your wedding.
1 – Put together a budget – and stick to it!
As I’ve said before, the first thing you should do as a couple is sit down and work out how much you can afford to pay for your wedding. I have 2 spreadsheets; one with our monthly income and outgoings so we know how much spare cash we have per month and one with our wedding budget. The wedding budget has an estimated and actual column, if we overspend in one area, we have to save in another and balance out the columns. I’m a bit of a spreadsheet geek (I use them for everything) but I promise this really helps you keep on top of your spending, to see that total figure at the bottom keep increasing can be rather scary!Continue reading