Here are our top tips to help you plan your budget:
The first and probably most important detail to focus on is your wedding venue. Try to get a good idea of the number of guests that you would like to invite as this will help to narrow down your venue search. Don’t forget to ask the venue whether they offer different rates for certain days of the weeks as this might influence your decision, and weekdays much be much less expensive than weekends.
It’s easy to get carried away with flowers, and who wouldn’t want abundant floral arrangements? A fantastic way of working with a budget is to re- use the flowers from the ceremony in the location where you will have the Wedding Breakfast. Guests will not notice that the floral arrangements remain the same and have just been moved, as your florist will use different plinths and heights to create a similar but not identical style.
If floral displays are not your top priority why not ask family and friends to help create simple arrangements? As well as giving the flowers a personal touch this will help to keep the costs down, farmer’s markets are a fantastic option for getting seasonal flowers.
Another way to cut your flower budget would be to give ushers and bridesmaids something alternative to buttonholes and bouquets, such as corsages for the ladies and quirky pocket squares and cufflinks for the guys.
Photographer & Videographer
The first step when choosing your photographer is to identify the style that you want to go for. Once you pick a handful of photographers, you can then get a better idea of costs. Some photographers are more prepared to be flexible with their costs and so if they are coming in higher than expected its worth telling them what your expectation is and if there is any room for negotiation. Otherwise they might be able to provide you with recommendations of other photographers that would be a little less expensive. Most photographers are aware of new and upcoming photographers and will not hesitate to point you in the right direction.
For most girls, this is usually the biggest decision of them all! It’s the dress you wear once and you want it to be perfect. If you have lots of time in advance to plan your dress then it’s worth visiting a selection of shops and getting an idea of the designers and the styles of dresses they stock. Once you have decided on a designer or a dress you like, subscribe to the boutique mailing list to be kept up to date with when sample sales and family & friend sales are happening, as the prices on dresses can be seriously reduced during these discounted periods.
The best place to start is the internet for inspiration, it will help to give you an idea of how much you can expect to spend on stationery and what you should account for. As well as invitations and R.S.V.P cards, you might want to think about the order of service, menus, seating chart and finally thank you cards. Once you’ve done your research, visit an independent shop as this will help you to get a better idea of paper types and the costs for different stock. If you are organised in advance, purchasing everything together can be a great way to help keep within budget. Alternatively, a great way of saving money on stationery is to design your own artwork and purchasing high quality paper to print on at home. The internet, and especially Pinterest is a great place for plenty of inspiration. Do a little bit of research and you may find umpteen templates that you can use and customise as your own.
Hair & Makeup
These can be take up quite a big part of the budget, especially if you have lots of bridesmaids who require hair and makeup as well. Many hairdressers offer complimentary consultations, and can create bespoke bridal packages for you and your bridesmaids, as well as mothers of the bride and groom. Some hairdressers will come to your home on the morning of the wedding, but this can add a premium to the overall cost.
You can also try to do your own wedding make-up, be warned it will take a lot of practice, but practice makes perfect! Department stores are the perfect place to practice with trial make-up, book an appointment, which can often be complimentary or a small cost is offset against purchase.
There are many other ways of budgeting in various areas throughout your wedding. These are just the key influences over your wedding budget, and always remember to discuss every step of the planning process with your partner as this will ensure that you are both on the same page at all times!
With love from Corinthia London,