The average cost at present for a wedding is around £30,000 – just let that sink in…. thirty thousand pounds!!
Now we don’t have that kind of money lying around waiting to be spent on one day and we’re pretty sure you won’t have either. But don’t be disheartened, you can still have an amazing wedding day without the high expense!
One thing you do need to discuss with one another is a budget you would like to spend/stick to for your day. Do this right at the start of your wedding planning adventure; the reason
being, it’ll make sure you’re both on the same page about your plans and goals, and it’ll give you an idea of how much your special day might cost.
So where do you start?
Firstly, list your priorities. What’s important to you as individuals and as a couple? Is it that you’re real foodies and the meal is the centrepiece of your day? Maybe having live musicians is your must-have. Whatever it is, prioritise it.
Maybe neither of you actually like cake – so you can save several hundred pounds right there. There really is no need to have a huge and expensive cake just because Grandma likes a little piece of fruitcake after her meal. You could buy a one-portion-sized cake just for her as a special treat, to show you thought of her.
Ditch the Pinterest and magazine ideas of weddings that don’t work for you and don’t be spending your valuable pennies on things that have no meaning or joy for you just because that article you read online said that this year’s must-have wedding accessory is a pair of ring-bearing alpacas!
Do your research into how much things might cost you as they may be more than you expect. Prices do fluctuate depending on season, availability and global conditions. For example, out-of-season flowers will be more expensive as they’ll have to be imported. If you’ve seen a photographer you love on Instagram but they live 500 miles away, there’s going to be extra costs involved for their travel and accommodation. Even the rise in fuel costs can impact the cost of car hire.
Decide on and prioritise your non-negotiables and what luxury extras you’d love if the budget permits, and go with that. That way, you’ll be doing your day, your way in line with your budget – and that makes for a stress-free wedding and start to marriage.
Often people think that if they do things themselves, it’ll save money and sometimes, yes, it does. We can’t deny that the personal touch adds a wonderful element of love and care to your wedding, but actually, the reality is often quite the opposite.
Once you’ve set your financial boundaries, decided on your non- negotiables and set the planning wheels in motion, try your absolute hardest to stick to your budget by checking in with it regularly. Remember you set it for a reason, so try and keep within it, but do allow for flexibility to cover any emergency purchases or unexpected extras – because they will crop up. That’s guaranteed. The flip side is you may also make some savings along the way, too, so you can use that cash elsewhere – maybe even pop it towards your honeymoon fund!
All weddings are amazing and special occasions. Whether you spend £100 or £100,000, it doesn’t matter. Money cannot buy your happiness, but marrying the love of your life can! You’ll start your marriage so much stronger and happier if you’re not worried about the debt hangover from your one day of celebration.
If you have any other wedding planning worries you’d like to chat about, join us on our Free Wedding Planning Q&A session on Tuesday 25th January 2022 at 7.30pm. Details here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-wedding-planning-wellbeing-qa-with-professional-wedding-coaches-tickets-239948461307
Or book in for a private 1:1 wedding coaching session with Tabby or Keri at modeforenquiry@modeforevents
Photography credit: Ben Pollard