While every wedding is different and as a couple, you'll find you have priorities (food and drink over flowers, cake over favours perhaps), most of us have no idea how to split our wedding budget to make sure we've covered everything. By hugely popular demand, we're chatting all things wedding budget related on the podcast today, so head to your favourite podcast streaming platform to listen now! And to support the podcast, armed with our favourite wedding planning book and the wealth of knowledge from you lovely readers, we've created our own wedding budget planner to help you get to grips with financing your big day. The idea is you decide on your overall wedding budget, making sure you've added a little extra in for emergencies, then use this breakdown to plan all of the aspects of your day...
And don't forget unexpected costs...
Factor in alteration costs - for your dress, for the Groom’s suit and potentially for the Bridesmaids dresses too. And don’t forget accessories, even if these are covered for you by your something old, new, borrowed and blue, your Bridesmaids will need shoes and bags (mainly so you can stash your make up in one of them).
From the very start you’ll be driving around, visiting venues, wedding fairs, going to menu and cake tastings, dress fittings etc. Remember to factor in fuel costs, even if the journey is short, these will mount up. As well as your travel - check whether you’ll be responsible for paying for your supplier’s on the day travel costs too.
It’s very easy to get carried away with extravagant and beautiful favours, but remember that EACH GUEST will need one. This can soon mount up into hundreds of pounds. And don’t forget that traditionally the wedding party should receive thank you gifts too.
Probably the most likely place for unexpected costs to occur. If your venue allows you to provide your own drink, that’s great - but check how much corkage is. Check whether you’ll be charged for cake cutting too. Also find out whether you’ll be charged for the cleanup and breakdown of the venue, or if this is covered by your venue charge. Make sure you know the times that you’re allowed in and out, as you may be charged for overrunning. Think about lighting - if you’re having a marquee or tent wedding, this is something you’ll need to think about as when night falls it will be really, really dark. Also, sound equipment - making sure people can hear the speeches and that the band is properly rigged is really important for creating the right atmosphere and is something that’s easy to forget about when planning.
If you’ve bought a first-class stamp lately, then you’ll know that posting out save the dates, invitations and thank you cards to hundreds of guests is going to be expensive. And don’t forget to check with the post office that the postage is correct - if you’ve got fancy stationery with lots of added bits like menu choices, RSVPs and maps/directions to your venue, then you may have to pay a little more.
OK so most of us aren’t going to forget about hair and makeup on the day - but remember to factor in treatments for the days and weeks running up to the wedding for you and for your partner - hair cut and colour, facial, waxing, nails, tan.
Here are a few other popular gems to get your planning off to a flying start.