Category Archives for "The Budget"

July 19, 2017

Does a Higher Price Equal A Quality Wedding?

Pound Signs - Quality weddingWhen choosing a wedding product or supplier, do you think that the more you pay the better quality wedding item or service you get? Do you think if you are on a budget you have to compromise on quality to afford everything you want?

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

July 12, 2017

6 Ways to Actually Pay for Your Wedding

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.
Actually Pay for Your Wedding

With the average UK wedding costing more than £15,000, you can forgive people for thinking they’ll never be able to afford to get married. The truth is, you will spend quarter of your budget on the venue and food, so getting the venue at the correct price is vital. Before you start planning you also need to know who is chipping in and how much they will be contributing.
 
If you’ve not saved any money towards your wedding yet, you have a big job ahead but saving up and paying deposits isn’t impossible. Follow these tips on how to actually pay for your wedding by making a few sacrifices.

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June 21, 2017

9 Tips to Save Money on your Wedding Budget

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!!!

These are a few ways I believe you can save on your wedding budget without any compromises on quality or style.

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7 Ideas to Help you Save Money for Your Wedding

7 Ideas to Help you Save Money for Your Wedding

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

How to Save Money on your Wedding

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.

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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.

  1. Marry out of season – Summer is still the most popular time to get married. Choose a less popular month like January or October and venues and vendors may offer you a discount. This means you could be able to afford that manor house you’ve always wanted but never dreamed of affording.5370783980_1e069129ef_o
  2. Avoid a weekend wedding -Most venues get booked Friday – Sunday. If you can marry Monday-Thursday you may be able to book a venue at a reduced cost. If you give your friends and family enough notice, there should be no issues with people attending through the week.
  3. Watch out for a jewellery sale – Most jewellers have sales throughout the year. Wait for a sale before buying your wedding rings and you could save upto 50%. Either get the ring you wanted for less, or splash out on a better one! 1861595749_cfc2551a4b_o
  4. Hold your ceremony and reception in the same place – Look for a venue that has a civil marriage licence and that also hosts receptions. You can normally get a deal when holding the whole wedding in once place plus you save on transport costs. It’ll also keep your guests sweet as no one has to worry about driving!
  5. Get your dress in a sample sale – Keep an eye out for any sample sales taking place in your area. Lots of boutiques have a sale to get rid of stock before new stock arrives. You can pick up a brand new dress, most are in excellent condition, for up to 70% off the full price. Remember to factor in your alteration costs as many boutiques don’t offer an alteration service on dresses bought in sample sales or off the sale rail.
  6. Consider DIYing your wedding cake – If you’re a little crafty (as in arty, not sneaky!!!), you can buy iced wedding cake tiers from the high street and decorate the cake yourself. This can save you £100’s. If you’re not confident, please leave it to the professionals!5745391958_22cfe23d71_o
  7. Work out how many people you can afford to invite and stick to it! – Don’t keep adding to your guest list. If someone declines your invitation, do not invite someone else in their place, take the opportunity to save that money! Invite less people to the daytime and more to the evening, this can save you around £50-£75 per head.
  8. Use flowers that are in season – Ask your florist what flowers are in bloom for the time of year you’re getting married. They will be much cheaper than sourcing something that’s not in bloom. Also ask your florist what will have the biggest impact for the least money, they should be able to help you make a large impact for a smaller budget if your not set on certain flowers.7685527724_15dd9ec955_o
  9. Something borrowed – it’s lucky to have something borrowed on your wedding day, so ask around and see what you can borrow and save money on…you’ll be amazed what your friends and family will have lying around!
  10. Compare vendors – Before booking a vendor, make sure you have looked around and compared quality and prices. Don’t book the first vendor you meet. Make sure you know what you are getting for the price agreed. Remember, the cheapest is not always the best deal. Always use a professional and check they are insured.
  11. Look at dresses on the High Street – There are some amazing wedding and bridesmaid dresses available on the high street. Check them out before hitting the designer boutiques.
    Debenhams Debut Wedding Dress £199

    Debenhams Debut Wedding Dress £199


  12. Ditch the favours – You have paid for your friends and family’s food and drink…do you really need to give them a present for coming too???

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.