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Planning a budget wedding? Don’t make these 4 mistakes

Planning a budget wedding? Don’t make these 4 mistakes
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Budgeting for a wedding gives you a vision of where you will save and spend. It is important to talk about how to use your money with your partner to create a budget plan you are both happy with. Your budget is best spent on people and the services they provide, rather than objects and materials. The right people at your wedding will help you avoid budget wedding mistakes and they will contribute the most to creating a happy wedding day.

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1) Entertainment

Great music is at the heart of every wedding. A wedding day needs to be enjoyable and fun, no matter how well it is otherwise planned. Spending big on entertainment is increasingly common because it adds the soul and atmosphere to the day.

The lucky few who have friends in a cool band or who know a suited and booted DJ may be able to save here. For those who do not have such connections, there is no harm in bypassing the agency and going directly to the musicians. This avoids fees and you also may be able to haggle on the price.

2) Photographer/Videographer

One in four couples spend more to make their weddings look better for Instagram, so this one is for you! There is a real art to good photography. Yes, there may be a budding amateur photographer on your guest list equipped with a smartphone. But there are many components involved in a wonderful photograph that only a pro can capture.

These are memories that you’ll keep for the rest of your life and will re-visit for decades to come. They can also work their magic to make your venue look as best as it can and gloss over other possible budget wedding mistakes.

You can make savings by hiring a trainee or student wedding photographer, or by hiring them just for the ceremony.

3) Wedding day outfits

The showstopper dress is my one exception to spending less on material items to ensure you feel happy and confident. The professional photographer you have booked will do a great job capturing you in this blissful way.

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There are many options available to hire your perfect outfit for the day. If you decide to purchase, there are specialist wedding dress retailers such as StillWhite or regular online marketplaces like Depop where you can sell your dress or suit as second-hand.

4) Food

One of several possible budget wedding mistakes is improper catering. Eating together is an opportunity for your guests to take a seat and get to know others they otherwise may not have mingled with. Cutting back too far on this part of the wedding will see some guests disappointed, and others go hungry. Whether a sit-down meal or buffet service, a wedding cake or a cupcake tower, the quality of your food should be noticeable and enjoyed.

Where can I make savings?

Organising your wedding at the height of summer is perhaps the worst of all budget wedding mistakes. Booking at the right time of year and day of the week cuts costs for nearly all details in a wedding. It may also be appreciated by your guests who could already have plans for the summer.

Using in season, local flowers can generate big savings as well as be a conversational piece. False flowers or handmade decorations can also really impress.

Together with your bridesmaids, doing hair and makeup yourselves can be a fun pre-wedding experience. Hiring a pro for everyone involved will be pricey. You may also prefer knowing you can get every detail you want just right.

Having an affordable wedding that is in line with your annual income is important. Although there are some types of debt that can be good for you, debt from budget wedding mistakes can make you miss exciting opportunities. Getting onto the housing ladder, starting a family or taking a well-deserved trip will all take up room on your financial plate.

All in all, be flexible. The nature of organising a budget wedding means you will have to make cutbacks. Prioritise the details that really matter to you, and be flexible on the ones that don’t. Once again, congratulations!

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