How To Prioritise Your Wedding Budget

Weddings are expensive, and without a clear budget in place, your spending can easily spiral out of control. However, a lot of people don’t know where to start with their budget and they don’t know which things they should prioritise. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question because it all depends on you and what you want out of your big day. However, if you are starting to plan your wedding, here are a few tips to help you prioritise your wedding budget. 

Consider Number Of Guests And Guest Experience
The first thing that you need to decide is whether you are going to prioritise the number of guests or the guest experience. Remember that the more guests you have, the more expensive it will be and that means that you will have to make sacrifices elsewhere. So, do you want to scale back on things like food and decorations so you can afford to invite more people or do you want to cut back on the guest list and splash out on more extravagant details elsewhere? Finding a balance between the two is important and it’s usually the best place to start when you are trying to prioritise your wedding budget. 

Understand Where You Need To Spend
There are plenty of aspects of your wedding where you can afford to save money. For example, if you stock your own bar and make your own decorations, you can make some big savings. However, there are some areas where you will need to pay for a professional job, and those things should be a priority in your budget. For example, wedding photography isn’t something that you can just do yourself and you’ll need to hire a professional if you want good quality photos of your big day. If you want good food, you have to be willing to pay more for the best caterers. Unless you understand where you need to spend money, you will struggle to prioritise your budget. 

Write A List Of Deal Breakers 
There are some things that you have your heart set on and you are not willing to compromise on, which is perfectly fine. But you need to write a list of these deal breakers at the very beginning of the planning stages, so you know that you need to find ways to make savings elsewhere. For example, if you have found the perfect wedding venue and you are not willing to go anywhere else, you need to cement that in the budget and then find other areas where you can compromise. 

Deal With A Wedding Planner 
If you don’t already have a wedding planner, you should seriously consider getting one. People often decide not to because they think that it’s going to cost them more money, but that isn’t the case. They will have good relationships with suppliers, so they can get you better deals. They’re also very experienced at this, so they will know how to handle the budget much better than you do. If you consult a wedding planner, they will help you to make a lot of savings without compromising on your list of deal breakers. 

Follow these tips to prioritise your wedding budget and you can make sure that your spending doesn’t get out of control. 

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