With COVID19, finally, on the way out, weddings are very much on the way back in.  Of course, just because you can have a large wedding, it doesn’t mean that you want to it’s important to consider your wedding budget.  For many couples, however, the challenge is that you may not initially know what you want.  With that in mind, here are some pointers to consider.

Wedding insurance

Hopefully, your big day will go off smoothly.  It is, however, still advisable to be prepared.  As a rule of thumb, if it would be financially painful to have to call off your wedding, it’s advisable to have wedding insurance.  Also, currently, it’s probably best to work on the assumption that lightning may strike twice and factor COVID19 into your plans.

Your guest list

Some costs will remain fixed regardless of how many guests you invite.  Others, however, will depend heavily on how many people will be attending your wedding.  The venue and catering are the obvious examples of this.

Smaller expenses can, however, quickly start to add up too.  For example, invitations and wedding favours may not cost much individually.  As numbers mount up, however, so do costs.  You might be able to reduce some of these costs by asking your guests to contribute.  This could, however, bring additional complications.

Your priorities

Getting your guest list together may go a long way towards creating a roadmap for the other aspects of your wedding.  For example, if you want to invite several elderly relatives, then a destination wedding may have to be ruled out.  Similarly, if you want to invite school-age children, their parents or their teachers, then you’ll need to schedule your ceremony accordingly.

Once you’ve established what you must have and can’t have to accommodate your guests, you can set your own priorities for everything else.  The key point is to focus your spending on whatever matters most to you.  If you’re not clear on what that is, try looking for inspiration images and thinking about what, exactly, it is that you like about them.

Remember that there are often ways to recreate premium looks on a lower budget.  There are three main approaches you can take.  The first is to work out what part of the look is most meaningful to you and focus on that only.  The second is to rent instead of buying.  The third is to go for pre-loved items.

Planning well ahead can lower costs

In general, there are two ways to get bargains.  The first is to plan ahead.  The second is to wait until the last minute.  With weddings, generally, you want to stick to the former approach.  You can, however, use a bit of lateral thinking to lower costs and potentially stress as well.

For example, you may want plenty of flowers on your wedding day, but do they really all need to be fresh?  In fact, do they even need to be real?  If you do a quick internet search for “paper flower bouquet”, you’ll find plenty of crafters offering a wide range of options.  In fact, many can customize bouquets to your exact requirements.

These may not actually work out more affordable to buy than paper flowers.  They can, however, be ordered in advance and stored indefinitely.  You don’t need to worry about keeping them fresh and they’ll look just as good as real flowers in photographs.  What’s more, after the wedding you have more options regarding what to do with them, including selling them.

Similarly, you could opt for lower-cost engagement/wedding rings and upgrade them later when your finances allow.  Even jewellers are only going to notice the difference if they look really closely.  Nobody will see any difference in photos and videos.

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