Planning Your Personal Wedding Budget

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You’re engaged? Congratulations! Cue the prosecco, the coming months are going to be some of the most exciting of your life. When it comes to wedding planning, the best way to enjoy the journey and keep things stress free is by nailing one thing: your budget.  

Every couple’s budget, tastes, and priorities are completely different. Here’s how to plan out your personal wedding budget, so you can get on with the fun stuff.

Half of your budget will go on the venue, the catering and the bar

There’s no denying it, whatever your budget is, around 50% will go on the venue, and the food and drink. So, if you’re unsure where to start, this is it. Put half of your budget aside and start your venue hunt. Here are our favourites from across the South East…  

Image: Fairytale Wedding Photography

Allocate budget based on what you value as a couple

As for where the rest of your budget goes, this is hugely dependent on what’s most important to you both on your wedding day, so make sure you sit down with your fiance to decide on this. If you love big and gorgeous floral displays, like the ones we saw at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, then you might be keen to carve out a nice chunk of the budget for your florist. On the other hand, if the flowers aren’t hugely significant to you, but you’re desperate for exquisite photography you can display in your home and cherish forever, then be sure to put aside a good amount for a talented photographer. It’s completely up to you.

Image: Herbert & Isles

Following the venue and catering, the next big ticket items we typically find couples treasure and spend the most on are…

  • The Dress
  • The Photographer
  • The Videographer
  • The Flowers
  • The Entertainment (DJ/Band)
  • The accommodation
  • Suits and Bridesmaid dresses
  • The Hen and Stag Do’s
  • The Rings
Image: Samie Lee Photography

Of course, there are workarounds for all of these. Whether it’s finding your dream dress and bridal party outfits on the High Street, or choosing not to go big at your Hen and Stag Do’s. There’s always a way you can trim down in one area, in order to dedicate more money to the things you really care about.

Still not sure where to prioritise your budget? Our top tip to help with the decision: quality vendors are worth every penny, if they’re providing a service you’re really excited about. What parts of your day are you the most delighted by?   

Image: Claire Lau Photography

Don’t forget to leave some budget for the finer details

There are so many different components that make up a wedding. All of the smaller items might not break the bank alone, but they will add up. Don’t forget to factor these into your budget:

  • The Stationery
  • The Cake
  • Bridal Underwear, jewellery and accessories
  • Hair and beauty
  • Shoes
  • Transport
  • Additional decor and entertainment, such as a photobooth, magician, guest book, etc.
  • Gifts for the bridal party
Cake: At Your Wish, Image: Samie Lee Photography

Now you know how to get started. Sit down, plan out your budget, and start hunting for your wedding vendors! When you’re ready to begin the search, of course, Weddingly is here to help.  

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