Establish your budget
Working out your wedding budget can be stressful, but don't worry whether you're dreaming of a lavish hotel affair or an intimate affair at home, we feature wedding services for all styles and budgets.
Here is a basic breakdown of what you can expect to pay:
Clothing & Accessories: 8%-10%
Wedding Flowers: 8%-10%
Wedding Rings: 2%-3%
To avoid stress, allow about 5% of your budget for unplanned expenses. P.S Don't forget the honeymoon.
As you can see from the above the reception almost always is the single most expensive cost of your wedding so remember:
Great Wedding Receptions Do Not Have To Have Great Budgets!
Remember, whether your reception is to be held in a Country Mansion or at the Local Village Hall it is you and your guests that make it special everything else is the backdrop.
Some Useful Tips Sent To Us
We looked for venues and found all to be way above our budget so my husband to be asked a good friend if we may use the garden at his parents lovely house in the country. They were delighted to be asked and this saved us a fortune as there only charge was to be invited!.
We decided against a live band for our wedding and hired a string quartet to play for an hour or so as guests arrived. For the dancing my brother prepared a music menu on his Ipod and connected this to some speakers. Everyone let their hair down and we were complimented on the reception by everyone.
Who do you know
Recruit your talented friends to help save money! One friend is “would be” chef and did all our catering on a budget, another is a great photographer and gave us professional images that we cherish, another friend is a DJ and he agreed to attend our wedding at half
his normal price..
Use The Web
Use the internet to cut the cost of your wedding. There are lots of bargains and free stuff if you know where to look.
"Make Them Yourself"
To cut costs on our invitations we made our own with the computer. Our local print shop supplied the paper and matching envelopes in a variety of sizes and colours and printed them all at a very reasonable price.
Bring Your Own Drink
Having friends who can drink for England we were very concerned about the potential cost of a free bar and rather than waiting for the unknown bar bill at the end of the reception, we chose a venue where we could bring our own alcohol. We were able to buy Beers, Wines & Spirits at the supermarket very cheaply. We hired our own barman and got to take home the leftovers. This way, everything was paid for in advance, we saved money and our guests were very satisfied.
Less is More
The best way to keep your budget down is to keep your guest list small. The cost of feeding & entertaining 200 or 300 people is massive. Do you really need to invite everybody you have ever met? Invite only people you personally know and are fond of.