Most people only get married once. You have zero experience in wedding planning, and so much to buy. Here’s how to spend wedding money sensibly.
Planning a wedding is a big task, and most people don’t realise this until they have to do it themselves. There is an unbelievable amount of things to think about whilst also ensuring that you come in budget. At times, it can all become Too. Much. Pressure.
Budget can be a real sticking point for any couple or family planning a wedding. Family can even fall out over it. Whether it’s a small budget or something more substantial, the chances are you’ll always go slightly over, so just plan for this in advance.
But what should you be prioritising? Are there certain areas you should be spending more money on than others?
The answer is, of course, yes.
I wanted to share with you some of my personal top tips on how to spend wedding money sensibly.
Your photographs are going to last forever, so if you hate them, they’re all you’ve got. Spend wedding money sensibly when it comes to your photographer.
Spend lots of time researching, looking at their work online, maybe even ask other brides what the photographer was like on the day. Some can be very in your face, but you really don’t want this. You want someone sneaky who gets the best shot without anyone even realising they’re there.
You may want someone who specialises in modern wedding photography, or perhaps someone who is more traditional. You’ll probably have your own ideas thanks to the many wedding websites filled with inspiration.
If you’re open to new approaches, that’s great too. Just tell your photographer this from the start.
You should be putting aside about 5-10% of your entire wedding budget on your photographer. If you’re having a £20k wedding, then your photographer should cost at least £1000-£2000.
The venue is the thing your guests will remember most (as well as the food, which we’ll get onto later). The venue doesn’t have to be the most spectacular, expensive venue in the country. It just needs to feel right for both you and your partner.
You’ll need to think of a general budget for your venue in advance. This means factoring in whether you want a church ceremony or a civil. Civil will work out cheaper if you’re trying to save money, and is often the easier option. No transport required between the church and the venue!
We’ve chosen to get married in a church and are still a little shell shocked at the price. £840 standard which doesn’t include the fee for your certificate.
Your chosen venue is the place you’ll be spending your time in, so it needs to tick all the boxes.
Food is something that can either get very expensive very quickly, or can actually be quite reasonable depending on the kind of meal you want. Obviously a three-course sit down meal will cost significantly more than a BBQ.
Again, do your research and only go with what you can afford. You want to get quality food for the money you’re spending.
Thanks to inspirational websites like Pinterest, you can be really innovative and money savvy with food options.
Consider having food trucks or buffet style alternatives. I hear hog roasts and pizza vans are all the rage. And do your guests really want fancy duck as their evening meal? Most people after a few drinks will be craving a burger and chips.
Something special for you
Finally, make sure you have an element of your day that both you and your partner want. Don’t be afraid to spend your money on it. It is your day (though at some stages in the planning it definitely doesn’t feel like it anymore).
You could consider a band if you and your partner love live music. Maybe a photo booth if you love to capture memories in different ways. Perhaps even thinking about the food element or a signature drink if you consider yourself foodies.
It’s up to you how you spend wedding money, but just make sure you’re spending it on the right things. Make the day unique to you in your own way and ensure you enjoy every moment of it.