Category Archives for "The Budget"
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
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. Everyone wants their wedding to be amazing in their own special way, but most people can’t afford everything on their wishlist. I’ve listed a few ideas of how you can save money without compromising quality.
Personally, I think there are a few areas that you should never skimp on. I always recommend using a professional photographer, your photographs are one of the only things you will have in years to come and if they go wrong you will never be able to recreate those moments ever again. I’ve never had a bride wish they hadn’t booked a professional photographer, but I have mopped up many tears from those who wish they had! A videographer is another must for me, your photographs will capture many an amazing moment, but a videographer will capture your vows, speeches and your first dance. Those are things you will never hear again without a videographer, and again it is always best to use a professional. My final thing are your wedding rings. These should last a lifetime. I know you can buy new, more expensive ones in time but they aren’t going to be the ring you put on your finger that day. Try to get something that you want to wear for years to come and that will also last.
With that said, if you follow some of my tips below you should be able to save some money and spend on what you find the most important parts of your big day.
If you have any other ideas on how to save money without compromising on quality, I would love to hear them! Feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email.