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How To Make A Wedding Budget

There are many things to consider when creating your wedding budget, and it can feel like a minefield, but here are some useful tips to get you started and keep you on the right track.

Firstly, you need to decide how many guests you are hoping to invite. This will make a HUGE difference to your overall budget, so be as selective as you possibly can. Make a priorities list starting with your close friends and family, work your way down to colleagues and friends of parents, and then cut from the bottom if necessary. You should also consider your plus one situation. If you can make a singles table full of pals you know will all hit it off, then you could save a whole tables worth of plus ones!

Once you've got your finalised numbers, you can get an idea of the size of venue you will require. Venues can vary massively in price, so you need to decide on what type of venue you would like. Are you willing to book a dry hire venue or do you want an all-inclusive package? Do you want a three course meal or would you be happy with a buffet style set up?

Then talk about your location. Is it important to you to stay local, or would you be open to travelling further afield? A location further from home will cost you more in travel expenses and means some or all of your guests may need to book accommodation, but it opens up more options and possibilities , which could positively impact on your budget. However, if you have your heart set on a wedding in central London or a more afluent area, you may need to up your overall budget.

Once you have an idea of your basic requirements, you need to discuss what your priorities are. Are the flowers an essential and focal point of the wedding design, but you're not fussed on the size and intricasy of the cake? Do you want to splash out on an incredible photographer to capture the day, but are willing to sacrifise having any fancy wedding stationery or hiring in specific linen? Whatever it is that's important to you, deligate more of the budget to it and take it from another area that means less to you.

As a wedding planner, I have a basic budget template based off percentages. After an initial complimentary consultation with my couples, I can work out which elements will need to take a higher or lower percentage of money to create a bespoke wedding budget, and throughout the planning process this can be adjusted accordingly. If you need any further help with this, don't hesitate to drop me an email at


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