He’s just asked; you’ve just said yes. Getting engaged is a big deal – you’ll probably see it as one of the best days of your life, and an incredibly exciting time. The chances are that you will want to start the wedding planning immediately, am I right? But before you do, there is one vital thing that you need to think about, and that’s your budget.
Sorry to put a downer on your excitement, but weddings can cost an arm and a leg. Many couples make the fatal mistake of overspending on their big day, only to regret it later. If you want to make sure that you thoroughly enjoy your wedding, you need to ensure that you only spend what you can afford.
Before you create a budget, have a read of this guide to everything that you should know about wedding budgets. Trust us, following these tips, will make sticking to your budget, a lot easier.
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Understand that no matter what, your wedding will be special
Whether you spend hundreds or thousands, it’s important to realize that your wedding day will be special. It’s not about what you spend; it’s about celebrating your love for your partner – you don’t need a big budget to do that.
Weddings can costs tens of thousands – to find out more about the costs, visit this website. Don’t think that just because you can’t have everything that you want at your celebration, it won’t be perfect because it will.
Discuss your budget as a couple
Even if you are planning the rest of the wedding yourself, the budget is something that you and your partner should decide on together. Sit down, look at your finances and discuss how much you can realistically afford to spend.
Stick to your budget
Once you have set a budget, make sure that you stick to it. It’s easy to go a little crazy when it comes to organizing your big day, but whatever you do, don’t spend more than you have budgeted.
What you don’t want is to still be paying off your vendors after the big day, you want to get all of your bills paid beforehand. That way you can relax and enjoy your celebrations without having to worry about money.
Be careful of the cake
One thing that many couples end up overspending on is the wedding cake. When you are in a bakery, tasting all sorts of delicious cakes, it’s easy to go a little mad. You want your big day to be special, and you start thinking that a gorgeous wedding cake is the best way to achieve that.
You don’t need a designer wedding cake – you might think that you do, but you really don’t. Instead of spending a huge chunk of your budget on a wedding cake, ask a friend or relative to make it for you as a gift.
Or, if you don’t know anyone who can cook, consider getting your cake from a local bakery. You will find that their cakes are much cheaper than wedding cake designers.
If you want to ensure that your wedding doesn’t break the bank, follow the tips above.