I almost can’t believe I’m actually writing this but I’m finally planning my wedding!! After over ten years together and seven years of engagement, we are finally getting married next year!! It turns out wedding planning is great fun and I’m loving discussing plans with the people who matter to me most.
It will be a small wedding with only 30 day guests and an extra 20 or so evening guests. This was deliberate as we want it to be a special occasion with our nearest and dearest only, as I know how easy it is for the guest list and costs to spiral out of control. We don’t have a massive budget so we plan on keeping to our small budget but still make this the best day of our lives!!
A few things I’ve learned so far…
Pinterest is any brides friend. The ideas on there are for everyone regardless of budget, size, race, religion and sexuality.
Dresses are EXPENSIVE!!! I really don’t want to spend £1000+ on a dress I’ll wear once. Yes it’s a special occasion and I will probably photographed more that day than any other but this is where my creative mind comes to play. How can I do this for a fraction on the cost? All will be revealed…
Find out what you can delegate and do it!! If people ask of they can do something at the wedding, utilise their talents. If someone asks to sing, take photos, bake the cake, make dresses, arrange flowers etc then this can be a huge help and can cut a lot of money from the costs.
Don’t expect money from anyone. This is not 1950 where parents pay. Budget your wedding based on what you can afford. If you can’t afford it, look for cheaper alternatives or put it on the “maybe” list. Money doesn’t make the world go round, love does. A wedding is about love, not money.
Have what YOU want. This is your day, not your sisters, mothers, friends day. They’ve either had or will have their day. If you want your bridesmaid in pink puffball dresses then do it! This is the one day where you call the shots. What you say goes!
I will let you know about the progress of the wedding planning and whether my budget has managed to remain the same as time goes on.
9 months to go…