It is sensible to have a budget in mind when you start planning your big day. We all know weddings can be as inexpensive or as costly as you make them. I have seen some beautiful weddings that cost tens of thousands of pounds and I have been to some amazing weddings that cost a couple of £100. Would I know the difference between the two had I not been told how much they had cost – the answer is probably not. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t stress yourself if you don’t have the means for a big fancy wedding. Set a budget and try to stick to it, your bank balance will thank you in the long run.
If you are planning your big day here are some of the ways you can save money and pay for everything you need:
If you have money saved up, this is the perfect excuse to spend all that cash. If not there’s no better time to start saving than for a special occasion. Set a date in the future so that you’re not stressing yourself out trying to pay off your big day.
Family and Friends
When planning your big day you may find that your close family and friends are willing to help out with some costs instead of wedding gifts. It used to be customary (and still is in some families) that the brides family pays for the wedding. My dad always used to joke and say that he’d have to pay someone to take me as I was so grouchy as a teenager – clearly, that has changed and I am a ray of sunshine to be around these days but my dad can still rest easy in the knowledge that I will be paying for almost everything (he has already offered to buy my dress – seeing as I won the dress of my dreams he is paying towards the rings and my bouquet instead.
It goes without saying that you should avoid getting credit but sometimes having a credit card can be a safety net. Spending on a credit card can help you as it means you can spread your payments over a period of time and should the worst happen and you are the victim of fraud or something should happen – say your venue goes bust and you can no longer have your wedding their you may be able to get your money back.
You can often buy things cheaper or in bulk on Amazon or eBay. By making your own favours, invites and other things you could save yourself a lot of money. As already mentioned above ask family and friends to lend a helping hand. If they’re crafty, handy with a camera, can bake a cake or own a lovely classic car ask them to be a part of your day instead of buying a gift – little personal touches like this would make your big day that little bit more intimate.
Most important than all of the above is to enjoy your day – you’re only meant to get married once so make sure that you do it the way you want but not at the expense of making yourself stressed and worried about money. Don’t start married life up to your eyes in massive debts after all it is just one day.
Are you planning your big day? If so I’d love to hear about some of your plans below.
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