Tips to keep your wedding below budget

Tips to keep your wedding below budget

November 02, 2017

Very often a lot of brides-to-be get overwhelmed with the number of things they need to prepare before wedding. It is easy to lose track of the list of things to do when organising a wedding.

 

Some brides-to-be choose to pay wedding organiser to organise their wedding if they can afford it. However, it is not an option for some brides-to-be as some find hiring a wedding planner a bit costly, and prefer get a bit creative for their own wedding.

 

We have prepared a wedding checklist to keep our brides organised. Simply follow this 16-month checklist to keep yourself on track with the planning.

 

Start planning your wedding…

 

Start a wedding folder, research and understand the type of wedding ceremony you would like to have in mind – venue, food, fashion and gardening design etc. Then bring it to the groom for discussion and work out top 3 priorities for the bride and groom then combine these priorities together:

 

Example:

Bride

Groom

Top 3 Priorities

1

Live Band

Delicious Food

2

Rustic Wedding Venue

An Open Bar

3

Extra Time for Toasts

An Amazing Dance Party

Combined Priorities

1

Good Music/Live Band = Dance Party

2

Rustic Wedding Venue/Delicious Food= Venue With Garden With Great Food

3

Extra Time For Toasts/An Open Bar= A Great Dinner Party

 

Based on the priorities, decide you budget. Keep it realistic, re-evaluate and estimate based on your families’ contributions and your own. Break down the cost of each elements and source supplier based on budget allowance. A free wedding planning budget template can be found here.

Wedding Budget Spreadsheet

Once budget has been allocated, work on the guest list (Template available below)

Guest List 

Once it has been finalised, research on wedding suppliers, styles and put them into wedding folder, including quotation to ensure everything is within budget.

 

List of things to research and include in wedding folders, this should be completed at least 13 months before the wedding.

 

No

Research Checklist (To be included in Wedding Folders)

Research Completed

Yes

No

1

Venue

 

 

2

Wedding dress & Suits, Bridesmaids dress & Groomsmen attire

 

 

3

Photographer and videographer

 

 

4

Wedding stationery designs

 

 

5

Wedding transportation

 

 

6

Honeymoon destination

 

 

7

Hair and makeup artist

 

 

8

Wedding celebrant

 

 

9

Wedding hiring company

 

 

10

Wedding florist

 

 

11

Wedding planner (If required)

 

 

12

Wedding decorators

 

 

13

Bridal suite or wedding night accommodation

 

 

14

Wedding bands

 

 

15

Wedding cakes

 

 

16

Caterers- Menu

 

 

17

Music, live band

 

 

 

Once the research has been completed, by now you should have a good idea what you want for your wedding. The wedding folder should be filled up, cut out unnecessarily items or pick alternative option to ensure you are within budget.



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