The Big Day does not need to be synonymous with Big Budget, but all too often it is. That’s not to say it shouldn’t be. It’s your day so you should do exactly what you want to do.

On the other hand, if money is a little tight and you want to make the most of your nuptials without the financial headache, hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful:

Set a budget first Before you go looking at venues; dresses; florists and the like, sit down with your partner and decide what you both feel comfortable – emotionally and financially – spending on the Big Day. Without taking the anticipation and fun out of your planning, think about the goals you both have together – buying a home; going on a trip; starting a business etc – and consider these things in your budget decision.

Who do you know? Word-of-mouth is one of the most powerful ways we can find good suppliers and good deals. Have a chat with friends, post queries on Facebook and gather sources and ideas that work with your budget. Also, think about who you know in different fields: floristry, venues, dress making, photography etc. They’ll either be able to give you some pointers, or maybe you’ll negotiate a deal…

Wedding money wasters What is a money waster for one person will be an absolute necessity for someone else. But the trick is to think hard about what you‘re spending your wedding fund on, and whether it is going to make that all important difference to your day.

Wedding fund And the standard stuff – it’s a simple thing to do, but it really works: start a wedding fund, a separate account that you use to save each payday. To make it easier, you might even ask your employer to directly pay a certain amount to your new account, or you can set up an automatic payment from your main account on each pay day.

If you’re planning your big day this year, we hope you have a wonderful day… within budget.

 

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