Some stats are just terrifying, and for many that includes the fact that the average UK wedding costs around £30,000. Yikes!
But that doesn’t mean if you’re planning a wedding, that’s how much you’ve got to spend. The figure includes all those who throw six figures towards their big day, meaning it can be done for a lot less, if you plan well.
The main costs
There are so many things to think about when wedding planning, from the venue to the flowers, the photographer and the food. If you’re on a tight budget it’s a good idea to think about which aspects are important to you, and which are not.
For instance, many spend several thousand on a venue, but if you’re not too fussed about this, then you can marry in a registry office for £50.
On average, people spend £1,000 on flowers and on photographs, but these are costs that could easily come down too.
However, a wedding ring is something you will look at for years to come, wearing it on your finger every day. Therefore, this is an area where it might be worth spending a little more, purchasing rings you both love.
Work out your budget
After tallying how much you have, create a separate bank account and work out how much you can save each month, so you’ll know your overall budget for when the wedding actually takes place.
Also, chat to close relatives to see how much, if any, they might be able to contribute to your big day.
Then plan accordingly
Once you know how much you’ve got to play with you can have a look at all upfront costs, including any extras that venues might charge for cake cutting, and so on. You’ll soon be able to paint a picture of how much you can afford to spend on the likes of a dress, honeymoon, and how many guests you can afford to invite.
A good tip with the wedding dress is to refuse to try on anything that’s out of your budget. If you do, and you love it, the temptation might be to buy it despite the fact that you can’t afford it.
Don’t feel you need to spend thousands upon thousands for the big day because that’s what your friends might have done, or it’s what you’ve seen on TV. Your wedding is your day, and that includes putting on a party that’s within your budget. However much or little you spend, you’ll have an amazing time, and so will your guests.