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Congratulations on your recent engagement and forthcoming nuptials – after the initial excitement has settled, don’t be overwhelmed by the cost – you must take charge of your finances and make sure that you have a clear, realistic budget!

Sit down with your fiancé and parents if they are contributing! and figure out what you can realistically afford.  Write down your estimated costs in a budget planner and then regularly review as everything gets confirmed.  This will help you stay on track and keep tabs on your spending.

So, how much does the average wedding cost I hear you cry? Currently Brides Magazine says £30,111 on average. Although this sounds like a very scary figure I agree, there are many ways in which we can cut corners and for you to still have the day that you wish for.  So read on to find out more……

It is all about prioritising and realising what is most important to you.  Totally up to you where you decide to save or splurge. If there is a particular area you would like to splurge, cutbacks may be made elsewhere within the budgeting.

Once you have written a rough guest list and have an idea of dates I would snap up your venue sooner rather than later as some get booked up 2 years ahead.

I would suggest trying to get within your package as much for your money as possible.  Perhaps looking at out of season dates or a Friday or Sunday – there are great deals available and always worth a try as if you don’t ask you don’t get!  Always check to see if your evening catering can be reduced to save on your budget. How about a mobile bar of food truck such as a fish and chip van – this would potentially slash costs too.

Have you considered artificial flowers as opposed to fresh.  Years ago I would have said no way but nowadays some are as close to being real without being real.  Always weigh up the pros and cons but definite savings may be made here.

Or, a dummy wedding cake?  Great photos, an amazing cake and the real cake cut up in the kitchen by the chef? Why not? or otherwise use it as dessert or as part of your evening buffet instead?

The Dress – this is the most important aspect to any bride – consider buying off the peg or look out for sales throughout the year as some great bargains can be had if you look around carefully.

Will your attendants be contributing to the cost of outfits and suit hire?  This seems to be commonplace at the moment.  Hire the grooms suit rather than buy – there are some great high street deals around in places such as Burton’s and Moss Bros. – quite often the groom may go free if you hire a certain amount.


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