When it comes to planning your wedding, before anything else, before you pick the venue, or even think of the dress, your wedding budget needs to be established. It’s no big secret that weddings are a costly event. Regardless of whether you’re trying to rein it in, or going all out and in spite of having the best of intentions, so many couples find themselves overstepping the initial agreed budget. Thankfully, here at That Amazing Place, we’ve seen enough weddings to know that there are some rather easy ways to ensure you stay in budget from the second you set it. So get your pens at the ready…you’re probably going to want to take notes.
Write Your Wedding Budget Down At Every Stage – This may sound rather tedious but your budget is there for a reason and must be adhered to. Write it down and just as you would with your taxes, make a note of what your budget is and what’s remaining at every step of the way. It’s not fun (unless you’re an accountant) but it’s necessary unless you want to spend your honeymoon worried up to your eyeballs about the debt you’ll be returning to. To make things super easy you could always simply jump online and check out wedding budget calculators and even download the odd app or two to help. Make a note of everything you spend from bridesmaid dresses to flower arrangements and as the budget begins to grow a little thin, you can adjust the budget for each area accordingly to ensure the things most important to you, get the biggest portion of the budget allocated to them.
Consider Extra Costs – Here at That Amazing Place, what you see is what you get however, there are some services out there that may charge an extra cost for a service you may have assumed is part of what you’re already paying for. Extra bridal gown alterations perhaps? Extra flower arrangements? Extra table decorations or even extra food within the catering budget. Ask about everything. A particularly good one to remember, that many forget, is that trials aren’t always free. Whether it’s a florists demo, or a cake tasting, even a hair style trial; these can all cost unexpected amounts, taking vital pennies from the budget that could be better spent elsewhere. Ensuring you’re aware of this will mean there are no scary surprises and that budget of yours stays on track.
Plan To Go Over – As crazy as this sounds, it’s always worth putting a little extra aside, should you need to go over budget because if you account for the overages, then you’ll never actually go over the budget. We’ve seen some couples decide on a budget and then aim to come in under the budget by one or two thousand, when they don’t, it’s no big deal as their original budget covered the cost anyway. Some areas that you may find yourself struggling to stay within budget are areas like flowers, any weather-related incidents (we are in Britain after all) and in case of any small hiccups such as gown alterations last minute.
For more hints and tips, simply contact us today. We’ll be more than happy to discuss our fabulous Twilight Wedding Package that gives you all the glamour of a wedding at That Amazing Place for a much lower the cost.