The wed­ding bud­get

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So you have de­cided plunge? Time to make your re­la­tion­ship of­fi­cial. Once the ques­tion has been popped and the nec­es­sary an­swer has been given, prepa­ra­tions for the big day need to get un­der­way, par­tic­u­larly if the nup­tials are planned for within a year of your en­gage­ment.

Func­tion rooms, dress­mak­ers, churches, gar­dens and ve­hi­cles for trans­porta­tion are all hired out well in ad­vance and this fact must be taken into ac­count when plan­ning be­gins in earnest.

How­ever, the most im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent that needs to be fac­tored into the equa­tion, right from the start is your bud­get.

Wed­dings, as a rule, can be a lav­ish af­fair, cost­ing thou­sands of dol­lars, many hours of or­gan­i­sa­tion, stress and of­ten tears.

They can also be a pleas­ant, in­ti­mate oc­ca­sion where the cou­ple marry amongst close fam­ily and friends in a cer­e­mony that costs very lit­tle. It re­ally all de­pends on your re­quire­ments. There are many women who have dreamt of their wed­ding day since they were a lit­tle girl.

The mag­nif­i­cent flow­ing wed­ding gown, the hand­some groom and church bells ring­ing as you exit the church to be driven off in a horse­drawn car­riage.

These dreams are all very nice and in an ideal world, most girls’ fan­tasy, but the re­al­ity is the bud­get has to be con­sid­ered at some point.

It is nec­es­sary to sort out early what your wed­ding day must con­sist of and what you can re­al­is­ti­cally do with­out.

Nowa­days a num­ber of cou­ples have al­ready set up home to­gether so it’s fair to say you are en­tirely in­de­pen­dent, there­fore ask­ing your par­ents to help with the ex­penses can some­times be out of the ques­tion.

How­ever, if they of­fer to help out even slightly this will help ease the bur­den.

Well or­gan­ised, newly en­gaged cou­ples have pos­si­bly saved money and con­sid­ered their wed­ding day in ad­vance of the pro­posal.

For these peo­ple or­gan­is­ing the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion should be a breeze, but for those whose pro­posal comes like a bolt from the blue, which of­ten it does, then plan­ning for such an event will have to be­gin straight away.

it is time to take the

The first and most im­por­tant de­ci­sion is de­cid­ing how many peo­ple will be in at­ten­dance?

Will all these peo­ple be in­vited to the church, re­cep­tion and dance or just the church and dance?

Where would you like to get mar­ried and the venue for the re­cep­tion?

What type of trans­porta­tion would you pre­fer? Do you have to hire this or is there a fam­ily mem­ber or friend that can oblige?

What type of en­ter­tain­ment would you pre­fer, a band or a juke­box? How many peo­ple are likely to be in the wed­ding party?

What will they wear? Will you or­gan­ise pay­ment or will they?

As you can see there are a mil­lion and one de­ci­sions to make and plans to put in place, so the sooner you get onto it the bet­ter.

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