Once your Engagement celebrations have left their loved up, warm fuzzies with you and your fiancé – it’s time to get onto the nitty gritty of Wedding Planning. And with this comes the big question – what is your Wedding budget? ekkk!!
These days couples all have their own ‘must have’ elements which are crucial to their day. And while your Wedding is one of the most important days of your life, while also being engaged you might be busy delving into a new work role, purchasing your dream home and even adding to your family with the addition of a four legged friend – talk about doing it all at once! So as life continues to move along, the following expert tidbits can certainly assist in trimming down your Wedding budget and allowing your Day to feature your treasured details in a more stress free and accommodating manner.
Budget – Together you will need to discuss what your bottomline balance is for your Wedding prior to securing any suppliers or spaces. Once this figure is agreed upon, create an excel spreadsheet with this total and keep a running tally on your costings as they are confirmed. We recommend working out what suppliers for your Day are most important – Is it live music for both your Ceremony and Reception? Photography? A statement styling element for your Reception? Perhaps cars? Whichever aspect is most reflective of you as a couple and your priorities, you must then be willing to be more flexible and accommodating with other bookings, to allow your preferred detail to shine.
Guest List – It’s the second largest element and detail towards your Day, and one that needs immediate attention. Your guest numbers will greatly affect your proposed venue/location, costings per person and is the primary centrepiece to your budget. This conversation needs to be well communicated by you and your fiancé, along with a bottle of wine!, and then from here your respective parents/family, prior to leaping head first into your venue searching. And trust us, when inviting the overseas contingency and expecting that they won’t be willing to make the long trip to Australia – think again! Who isn’t wanting to escape for well deserved holiday, especially when it features your special day.
Seasons – If you’re a little more open to either a Summer or Winter celebration, May to September is a Wedding budget dream, allowing for more flexibility with dates as well as minimum spends and costings per person. If you’re looking for a venue to assist with your Day, they often include Winter specials which mean more bang for your buck – we can already hear the Champagne popping! Also, be open to the suggestion of either a Friday or Sunday date – your guest’s are going to be there regardless so why not let the savings start immediately.
Flowers – Seasonal florals are another great way to ensure a reasonable flower costing for your Wedding. We agree, peonies are drop dead gorgeous and such a timeless addition to your stylings but ensuring that your flowers are reflective of the season and easily accessible on your planned month is paramount. You can still incorporate a gorgeous palette of colour and range of textures but let your florist take charge and do what they do best – guide you towards the most complimentary of blooms to highlight your vision.
Let them help! – Take up offers of help by family prior to the Day and the use your friends talent towards elements of your celebrations that won’t cause necessary stress. We think that the Day itself should certainly be guided by experts – everyone wants to enjoy the festivities once the date arrives, even your family! – but the last minute running around (trips to the airport, organising dinners, collecting suits, making your bonbonniere etc) are additional details that can certainly be actioned on your behalf.
At the end of the day, you’re getting married! Enjoy the journey – immerse yourself in every moment – and if you decide it’s all too much, call in the experts and allow their knowledge to support you at every turn, while still ensuring it’s your Day in every way! x