However grand, or intimate, you want your wedding to be, you need to be in control of your budget. In an ideal world this means getting to grips with the finances before you start looking at venues, dresses and all the trimmings. The journey of planning a wedding is a really exciting one, but it can become overwhelming and stressful if you end up worrying about money. Our simple guide will help you spend within your means and make sure there are no costs you forget to factor in.
Firstly, and crucially, you need to decide how much money you want to spend on your wedding. This might seem tricky to do before you know how much things cost, but it’s an important step in making sure you keep a sense of perspective, even if this figure ends up a little higher than you hoped in the end. It’s also a good idea to put about 5% of your budget to one side for the ‘just in case’ fund.
Next you need to picture your day and think about what you want from it. What bits are really important to you? Good food and wine? An intimate, romantic setting? All of your friends and family having fun together? Put pen to paper and list your priorities. This ‘big picture’ approach will help you remember what’s really important to you when faced with an ‘either/or’ decision.
The budget sheet
This will give you a comprehensive list of everything you’ll need to plan to spend money on. It will also give you an idea as to the percentage of your budget you should allocate for the more expensive things.
Most couples will have to make some sacrifices along the way when planning a wedding. But this doesn’t mean you have to compromise the end result. There are lots of things you can do to save money:
1. Choose a beautiful venue with views or fabulous features so you don’t need to spend much money dressing it
2. Ask some talented friends to make your wedding cake as your wedding present
3. Consider mid-week/off peak dates
4. Handwrite your invites/menus/name cards
5. Have your ceremony and reception in the same place
Questions to ask
The last thing you want, is to carefully plan your budget only for it to be blown out of the water by extra costs you hadn’t factored in. Make sure you ask the following questions of your suppliers to avoid any nasty surprises when you receive your bills.
1. Do we have to pay corkage?
2. Do we have to pay for a late licence?
3. Is VAT included?
4. Are there any set-up/break down fees?
5. Do I pay extra for on-the-day staff?
6. Is all furniture/crockery etc included in the venue hire?
7. Do I have to pay extra for wedding dress alterations?
8. Do I need to pay for insurance?
Weddings at the HAC
Our stunning, City wedding venue is available for exclusive hire on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. The Artillery Gardens are a rare find in central London and make the perfect setting for reception drinks and a stunning backdrop for your wedding photography. We have beautiful spaces inside for large parties of up to 350 guests, intimate rooms for small parties of around 40 people plus any numbers in between. Give our Wedding Team a call to discuss your big day and dates on 020 7382 1533.