Luckily for some, money is not a question when it comes to planning their wedding – but if, like me, there isn’t an endless pot of gold at the end of that rainbow – how and where do you start budgeting for your upcoming wedding?
Below are a few pointers to help you get started.
- Work out, realistically, what you can afford to save each month – allow room for luxuries. Weddings can take a lot of planning, and are generally booked quite far in advance – being super strapped for cash for a long period of time will not be fun. Wedding Chaos offer some good advice on ways to save
- As un-romantic as the chat may be, if going overboard simply isn’t an option, then you may need to discuss with both sets of parents if they are willing to contribute anything to your big day (fingers crossed!)
- Be as organised as you possibly can be – there are loads of great wedding budget tools out there – these will help you write that long to do list, and hopefully from there you can work out what you really do/don’t need; Confetti, Wedding Chaos, Hitched.co.uk, You and Your Wedding offer a few tools to get you started
- Get yourself onto some of the popular wedding forums – You and Your wedding and the Scottish Wedding Directory are packed full of brides to be, wedding planners, photographers, florists and so on, all willing to offer help and suggestions on your wedding (and sometimes not so wedding) related queries
- Enlist the help of a wedding planner. Wedding planners comes in all shapes and sizes. The preconception may be that only the rich and famous need their help, but most wedding planners have a long list of contacts and may be able to make you savings elsewhere
- Deciding on the type of wedding you want can help massively. Small and intimate – and likely to be affordable, or grand scale where savings may need to be made 0 either way, decide early on to help you plan more efficiently
All in all. Plan plan, and then when you think you have planned, plan your wedding some more!
For most of us, our wedding is likely to be the biggest event we will have to organise, and being prepared is the only way.
Good luck and happy planning – I want to know all about it!
Image used is by Gary Bonar Photography