Planning your wedding budget
Planning a wedding is an exciting season. It is a special time for engaged couples to plan the day their two lives are knitted into one and their dreams are brought together.
A big part of this perfect day is finances. If not planned correctly, finances can cause your dream day to turn into a nightmare! It can even leave a newly married couple with much unwanted and unplanned debt; debt that can take many years to pay off.
The best place to start your wedding planning is with the creation of a budget. There are several ways to pay for a wedding. Traditionally the bride’s parents paid for the majority of the wedding and the parents of the groom paid for the drinks, a few other smaller items and the honeymoon. However, this is no longer always the case and weddings can be paid for by both sides of the family, or either set of parents. Many couples opt to pay for the wedding themselves. Before planning anything it is best to speak to both sets of parents and discuss finances. Also talk to one another and clearly set out the budget.
Once the budget is set, decide on the city and country you wish to get married in. Also discuss the theme and style of your dream wedding. Write an extensive list of possible expenses and start contacting venues, restaurants, dressmakers and florists to get an idea of costs. If the costs exceed your budget, it is good to go