Spiralling Wedding Costs
We work with lots of
newlyweds and and as we help with their planning, we
compile on going list of tips which may potentially
help you in having your dream reception - "without
"My budget is
spiralling out of control - help!"
We think everyone should save money whenever
possible. Money saved really is money earned,
especially when it's well invested. Planning and
budgeting for your wedding can be a big headache -
especially when you read and hear that having a
wedding could can cost upwards from £15,000+ (link:
The price of saying I "do")
Wedding organization is really a matter of common
sense plus knowing how people think. Work with
people's strengths, set a budget, decide on your
theme, style and away you go.
Even before you've
started your married life together, you could end up
being in debt - no body wants that so the first step
to avoiding this mistake is to set a realistic
budget and stick to it. Once that's complete, sit
down with a pen and paper and jot down your top
priorities and what's important to you?
What IS important to
You need to prioritise what's important to you.
Don't hire a live band if you're not that bothered
about having one, and if huge white wedding cars
for you, hire a taxi instead or ask a friends
expensive car (they will feel honoured).
Make a list with the
things that really matter to you at the top and the
not-so important things further down, then look for
ways to economise on anything non essential. Try to
limit what you spend on your credit card as well -
you don't want to spend the first years of married
life paying for it!
How to be
Think about what you remember about other weddings
you have been to - it is highly unlikely that you
will remember it because they had matching printed
matchbooks and serviettes. It is more likely that
you will remember the funny speeches and the fact
that you danced for hours - generally it is
the people that make the day.
Here are some tips by
real brides on how they have managed to keep a
control of their costs - we really hope you find it
Draw up a spreadsheet
Use a computer programme like Excel to plot your
anticipated costs for each wedding purchase against
what you actually spend. It makes it easy to see
where you’re making savings – and where costs are
spiralling – as well as how much you’ve actually
spent. Have a contingency fund. The last thing you
want is for money to run out just as you’re about to
put the finishing touches to your big day. Make sure
you’ve got a contingency (10% of your total
budget is ideal) to cover unexpected costs.
DJSPACEBAR has a excel spreadsheet that will help
you keep on top of your wedding planning. Its the
least we can do towards your wedding planning :)
Talk to other brides
All’s fair in love and weddings, so profit from
other newlyweds’ experience – ask where they found
the best bargains, which suppliers gave good
and how they managed to cut corners. Consider hiring
a wedding organiser The up-front cost may seem
daunting, but she may be able to save you a
small fortune by negotiating discounts on your
behalf – and will rein you in if your ideas get too
big (and expensive!).
You need to make sure you are clear on your budget
before you start. Many bridal shops have dresses
around £350, but top designers can charge as
much as £3000, so whether you go high street or
one-off, it's all about your budget. Think about
your dress though, will you keep it forever or will
only wear it once. Many High street stores offer
modern design dresses that actually can be worn
again and again.
It comes as no surprise, but the best way is to stay
out of debt is to pay-as-you-go. Not everyone has
the time horizon or financial means to make it
happen, but you might be surprised how many of those
bills you can knock out well before your wedding
day. Many wedding vendors – including the
baker, caterer, reception hall, dress maker and
florist – require a 50 percent deposit
If TV newsreader
Natasha Kaplinsky who earns about
£250,000 a year is pennywise enough to keep costs
down at her wedding by serving her guests tap water
rather than expensive bottled water then you should
feel no guilt about keeping costs down.
Think about what is
important, is it worth spending more on photos and
videos as they are the permanent reminder and less
on flowers or invitations.
Get Friends and
Family to help
There are many areas
where talented people will/could help you. You might
know someone who is great at cooking and can make a
wedding cake your way. Many
high street stores sell bases which can
be easily customised to fit your wedding theme.
Invitations is another area getting family involved,
it makes for family members to club together and
have something to look forward. Maybe you have a
tailor or seamstress in the family that could help
towards the bridesmaids outfits, have a good look
through your contacts and use those resources, your
guests will be more than obliged to help! Many high
street stores sell bridesmaid dresses that you will
be able to use again later so look for those - Ebay
might be worth looking at too.
Are they important to
you. Depending on your wedding dress, they may not
be seen by many people so if you can afford it and
you want it - go for it, but maybe that cash can be
used to pay of for something with a higher priority.
Spare a thought for the
wedding guests – with over 60%
admitting that they spend almost £500 to be part of
someone else’s Big Day!, Ever been to a
wedding reception or day and although it's nice to
have an invite, may have felt a bit left out - Allow
us to share
further ideas with you to ensure that all
guests feel as much as involved as you want them to!
A wedding can cost as
little as the marriage license - probably £50. or as
much as £100,000,000. We have listed a load of tips
we've collected from previous Brides to help you
with your planning.
- Have it on a
day other than saturday.
- Send Invites at
least 3 months ahead of the date
- RSVP - chase,
chase & chase, sometimes you have to think for your
- Make as much of
the stuff yourself, or through friends (cake,
- Mums want to
have a big part, one got her mother-in-law to make
the wedding dress
- Food and Hall
are the most expensive part, if it's a small
gathering, go pot luck.
- Don't be afraid
to ask for cash instead of gifts to help offset the
- Bride and Groom put a condition on their guests that they insist
absolutely no presents - without exception.
- have a gift list with a company that compiles a list using many other
companies, which means guests can shop around and
thus get a better price on their gifts from their
- Trim the decorating
budget and the seven-course menu. An abundance of
friends is much more charming than an abundance of
- Decide whether you
want to invite children. Guests who express
annoyance that their children aren’t included are
the same ones who will let them scream through the
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