Wedding on a budget

Couple drinking wine in a field

It pays to have your wits about you when organizing your day. Being a savvy shopper can significantly reduce your expenses.

Ask any bride and she’ll tell you it’s true – if you mention the word ‘wedding’ when you’re planning your big day, dollar signs appear in people’s eyes. Small wonder it’s more common for couples to blow their budgets than not.

The financial side of wedding has been the biggest challenge. The brides had no idea how much everything would cost. And suppliers seem to double their prices when hear the “W” word.

The newlyweds spent a lot more than they intended because every time they saved a bit of money somewhere, they’d allocate that saving to something else, when meant their costs spiraled out of control.

Caught up in the romance of a day you’ve dreamed of your whole life, it’s easy to let excitement take the reins. But every aspect of your wedding, from the avenue to the flowers, is shaped by your budget so it’s important to have a plan.

Being organized has eased their financial headaches. Buying things in advance, like table settings, has helped. They set up a special automatic payment too – money goes straight into their wedding account on pay day.

It might sound like a contradiction, but hiring a wedding planner can actually save your money. Even booking a one-off budgeting session with a planner can help you figure out your priorities, as well as gain tips on affordable vendors. A lot of suppliers love to work with people then know and trust, and that can be reflected in their prices.

Planning a wedding is no easy task, but if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of girl, the key is to tackle what can be an emotional task very methodically. If you’re running short on time or feel overwhelmed, set priorities by writing down what is most important and making that your focus. That way you can enlist the help of friends and family to take on the smaller, less important task while you still retain control of the bigger picture.

That is why hens party is stress relief for any bride.