Have you dreamt about your wedding since you were a child? Maybe you envisioned a beautiful arch laced with intricate patterns of white and pink roses in a large church or grande hall. Or maybe you dreamt of the perfect ceremony held on the beach as the sun sets while your lover says, “I do”. Whatever your dream, the very first step that you must take in order to make it a reality is to evaluate your finances and set a realistic budget.
Sorting out the budget is one of the most important things that any newly engaged couple must do. The budget plays a massive role in a wedding as it’s money you have to spend and that will affect all the major decisions that you’ll have to make when it comes to planning your wedding. Your venue will need to pay in advance. Your caterer will need their deposit. Your wedding dress will need to be purchased. Your cake will need to be ordered… and so much more. For these reasons, it is very important to spend some time determining how much you’ll be able to spend in order to get everything prepared for your big day. Avoiding this could result in your wedding purchases and payments putting you in debt, which no one wants.
However, setting a budget can also have adverse effects. Many couples sometimes find that their hopes can be halted if their budget does not comply. For this reason, you may see that the funds you have available may not allow you to make each and every single one of your dreams a reality.
Be that as it may, there are a few clever methods that you can use in order to build your dream big day while on a budget. Read on to learn a little more about these options.
1. Make Defined Priorities
The very first tip that we have for you is to make defined priorities. When you’re planning a wedding whilst on a budget, it is very important to prioritize the most important elements and give those the largest fractions of your budget. These key elements include your venue, caterer, décor, cake, and clothing options. Instead of spending money on smaller less important details, such as professional wedding invitations, you should focus your spending on the elements above. Once these things have been taken care of you’ll then be able to host a beautiful wedding.
2. Consider Reducing The Size of Your Guest List
Another clever option, if you’d like to host a premier wedding whilst on a budget, is to reduce the size of your guest list. Most weddings tend to become very expensive because couples find themselves having to caterer for 200 people. This will then mean selecting a more expensive venue that has a larger capacity as well as paying for 200 peoples’ meals.
However, if you choose to limit your guest list to only your closest Clare friends and family members, you’ll find that quite a lot of funds will open up for better spending.
Here at Clarence House, we are experts when it comes to planning beautiful weddings whilst on a budget. If you’d like some help getting your funds in order, or you’d prefer a wedding planner who’s able to help you plan a dream wedding whilst on a budget, reach out to us today!