Budgeting For Your Big Day

Budgeting for your wedding day can feel like a monumental task but an important one none the less. Setting a wedding budget can help keep costs down and ensure that all expenditures are reasonable and justified.

If wedding budgeting is something that’s got you stumped, our break down is here as your saving grace for tips and advice on budgeting for your big day. Remember these are just our suggestions and not hard and fast rules, if you’ve got different ideas, don’t let us stop you!

Here are our guidelines on the percentage of your budget that you should consider for each aspect of your wedding planning:

  • Venue and catering – 50%
    This seems like a big chunk of your budget, but don’t forget, this is also a big chunk of the day! Think of the beautiful backdrop for your photos, the time you spend at the venue and the satisfied guests at your wedding breakfast! It’s all relative!

Fine dining by Galloping Gourmet at Wasing Park exclusive use wedding venue in Berkshire

The Garden Room at Wasing Park perfect for civil ceremonies overlooking the Gardens at Wasing Park barn wedding venue an hour from London

  • Dress and attire – 10%
    Gown and bridesmaid dresses, accessories, shoes and groomsmen suits etc. You’ll remember your wedding day forever, so if you’re wanting to treat yourself to a dress you just can’t stop thinking about then go for it! But remember, your dress doesn’t have to come with a golden price tag to be beautiful. Lots of high streets are coming out with gorgeous bridal collections too.*Tip: Seriously consider the comfort of your wedding shoes. It can be easy to go for a pair simply because they are the most beautiful but you won’t get value for money if you are not able to enjoy the whole day because your feet are sore!*

Wedding preparations at Wasing Park, exclusive use wedding and events venue in Berkshire

  • Photography – 10%
    These photos are memories that you will keep forever as a reminder of your special day, you want to be able to treasure them. Make sure you use a photographer whose work you like and who has a good reputation, but also one that you trust and who makes you feel comfortable. If the photographer has worked with the venue before, even better! This means that he/she knows what makes a great photo and can capture you at your venue in its best light.

  • Flowers and decor – 9%
    This budget can be very flexible! It depends on what you want to decorate and can also come hand in hand with the venue. If your venue already has a lot of character and charm, this can be offset on how much decorating it needs! Less can definitely be more! This is where you can enlist some creative willing friends and family too. Pinterest will be your best friend here.

Winter wedding decoration inspiration and ideas at Wasing Park wedding and events venue near Hampshire

  • Entertainment – 9%
    Many think that this is the area where you may be able to cut some corners. If you’ve got kids coming to the wedding, get creative with colouring packs and little gifts. If you’ve got your heart set on a photobooth – think about providing disposable cameras and funny props yourself! DIY can be just as memorable.

Polaroid photos at Winter wedding at Wasing Park near Hampshire

Kids wedding entertainment at Wasing Park, wedding venue in Berkshire

And once all the big things are thought out and planned, remember to keep some aside for…

  • Ceremony – 4%
    This includes registrar fees, legal costs, rings and ceremony venue fees (if different to reception venue)
  • Stationary etc – 3%
    While wedding stationary can traditionally be quite a large expenditure, it is becoming increasingly popular for couples to make their own! It adds a personal touch to the invitation. Alternatively, think about creating a wedding website. This can cut costs dramatically, allowing guest to RSVP electronically, saving time, money and effort and can help keep your guests informed if any changes occur!
  • Gifts and Wedding Favours – 3%
    Gifts include flowers/gifts for Mothers and Fathers of the bride and groom, bridesmaid gifts and gifts for the grooms party. The wedding favours don’t have to be a massive gift, but they are for every guest so the costs do add up! Home-made jam in miniature pots is a favourite cost-saving wedding favour.
  • Other – 2%
    Any extras; Lawn games if your wedding is outside, activity packs to keep any children entertained, baby sitters etc.

Everyone’s wedding is different and therefore everyone’s budgeting is different, but hopefully our few little tips and tricks will help keep things on track and the Honeymoon funds firmly in place and out of reach!

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