The Wedding Edit: Creating a Wedding Budget

If you haven’t read my previous wedding posts and you are getting married, I would suggest giving them a little read. Hopefully you will find them helpful. 

Now let’s get to the good stuff. I am at the beginning of the wedding planning process, we have the venue, date and celebrant as well as a photographer and videographer but everything else is something of a mystery. 

I knew the first thing I needed to do before any of that was settle on a budget. We sat down and thought what we wanted (no expense spared) then brought that down to earth by thinking what we could afford out of those day dreams. 

The best advice I can give anyone is know what you are getting in to. Understand what the ‘average’ wedding costs and then you have a solid starting point. 

I did a lot of research on what the standard UK wedding costs. Let me tell you, I almost had a heart attack. 

Like I said, both of us worked out what we absolutely wanted at our wedding (our non-negotiables), what we ‘needed’ and what we could afford to either ditch completely or scale down. 

When it came to creating a budget, I had to make it easy and adaptable. I am used to doing event budgets with my day job so I just went ahead and pretended I was doing it for a client. However, it’s a very personal thing but I am all about excel when it comes to my wedding budget. Some people may want to have it written down, like I said its personal and its whatever works for you but have a written budget in place. I had a column for the item, column for budget and a final column for actual cost. Simple and easy! There is absolutely no point complicating it. 

I am constantly changing our budget to make things work. There are things that even in 6 months we have now decided we don’t want so I knew I needed to allow myself wiggle room. In the next year and a half i’m sure we are going to want to add and take away from that budget.

At the end of the day you have to do what makes you guys happy. Don’t worry about others opinions, it’s your day and that’s what matters. 

This was a fact that took a little while to sink in but honestly it could not be truer. Personally, there are traditions that we are sticking to in order to please some people but they are traditions that we also believe in. What is the point in forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do on your own wedding day. 

The most important thing is to try and enjoy the process. Believe me, I know it can get stressful but it’s all for one day so sometimes I have to check myself. 

I hope this helped. I have put some links to websites that I found helpful to map out my budget below so feel free to check them out! Let me know in the comment section if there is any wedding content you would really like from me.

T x

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