A Guide to Wedding Budgeting

Once you’ve finished basking in the glow of engagement, you’ll find it very hard to get anything accomplished without a detailed wedding budget.

This article will give you an outline of what you should spend on each item, so as to ensure you don’t spend more than you intend to overall. Here’s how to create a wedding budget that you can afford.
Who’s Paying?

Although tradition says that the bride’s parents pay for the whole thing, this is frequently untrue for today’s couples. If you can pay for the whole event yourselves, then that’s great . If you want your families to help you out, or pay for it all, you should have a frank discussion with them about it. You might say something like “we’re starting to plan our wedding, and we wanted to ask you if you might want to contribute.” You should be prepared for questions, such as “How much do you think the whole thing will cost”.

The average wedding cost now is between £15,000 – £20,000 (this figure includes the average cost of the honeymoon and first night’s hotel), but it’s best to base your wedding budget on the funds available to you.

There are several options:

Parents can say that they are contributing a specific amount, you then decide your budget and make up the difference yourselves.
Parents can say that they want to pay for specific items such as the wedding dress, catering or flowers. .
You can set a budget and then ask to split it evenly. This is particularly a good solution for divided families. For example, the couple, the mother of the bride, the father of the bride, and the groom’s parents will each contribute the same amount into the pot.

Working Out a Basic Wedding Budget

Start off by thinking about how many guests you would like to invite – this figure will be affected by several factors – the size of each family, numbers of parental friends/friends, even the capacity of the venue can all have an impact on your total number of guests.     Look at the list below and remove anything that you know you definitely won’t need/want.

Then put in as many of the figures that you know, as accurately as you can, and you should start to build up a clearer picture of where the budget could end up.

Brides Budget

  • Accessories
  • Dress
  • Hairdressing
  • Headdress
  • Makeover/Make-up
  • Shoes
  • Veil
  • Wedding Ring
Groom Budget

  • Wedding Outfit
  • Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Wedding Ring

Bridesmaids and Attendance Budget

  • Bridesmaid Dresses
  • Bridesmaid Accessories
  • Bridesmaid/Best Man, Ushers  Gifts
  • Best Man Outfit
  • Buttonholes
  • Page Boy Outfits

Flowers Budget

  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Bridesmaids Flowers
  • Grooms/Ushers Buttonholes
  • Church/Service Flowers
  • Venue Flowers
  • Mother of the Bride/Groom/Thank You  Flowers

Ceremony Budget

  • Civil / Church Fees
  • Ceremony Music
  • Venue Hire
  • Marriage License

Honeymoon Expenses Budget

  • First Night Hotel
  • Honeymoon
  • Honeymoon Spending

Other Expenses

  • Hen Night
  • Stag Party
  • Wedding Insurance

Wedding Reception Expenses

  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Wedding Favours/Stationery
  • Wedding Transport
  • Toastmaster
  • Reception Drinks/
  • Wedding Breakfast
  • Wedding Cake
  • Entertainment/DJ

Once you’ve set a budget, and you’re confident it’s realistic then stick to it!


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