Always easier said than done! Especially if you’re me and have regular ‘accidents’ falling into Zara and leaving with most of their Winter collection.
But no really, budgets are obviously super important. I would recommend that you work out your budget at the very beginning before you’ve decided on that stunning pricey dress, or the giant candelabra table decoration you just must have. Sounds fairly obvious, but you need to know what you can afford and therefore, what is in or out of reach for you and your other half.
I would recommend, once you have established your overall absolute maximum budget. Create a tab next to this column on your spreadsheet titled ‘hoping to spend’. What many bride grooms don’t think to do is haggle. Okay so none of us want to look cheap or embarrass ourselves, but you don’t have to. When dealing with any of your wedding suppliers, let them know what you have in mind to spend and even if they are more expensive. Ask them if there is something they can do to help you bring things in under budget. Often suppliers deal with a variety of clients who do have differing budgets and will talk you through options available to you.
For example, if it’s the caterer you are speaking to, it could be that you have a hog roast in the evening instead of a buffet style food arrangement. This is an option that’s both popular and super fashionable but actually could save you a whole heap of cash.
I’m not saying you can do this with everything, you can’t. But it’s worth seeing if you can get a good deal and if that’s not possible, see what other options can be explored to lower that all important budget. In the past i’ve tried to order a magnificent wedding cake that wouldn’t be out of place in Choccywoccydoodah. However, despite not having enough money in the budget to allow me to purchase the desired cake, the baker kindly agreed to make the same cake 10% smaller to match my budget. Before this i wouldn’t have necessarily thought to do this but it worked, we had an amazing cake and you could hardly tell it was a slightly smaller version.
Definitely worth budgeting and remember to explore all of the options before you accept a cost. X