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Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially when it comes to money. But planning your wedding by creating a budget and then sticking to it can really help you with the process and remove unnecessary stress. 

You just have to remember to take care of the small stuff and tiny details! 

The big expenses

The main portion of your wedding budget will usually be allocated to the wedding venue and the catering. Both will depend a lot on your guest lists. The more guests you’re planning to invite, the more you’ll have to spend.

The wedding gown and suit are not necessarily the most expensive part of your wedding budget. However, they are a rather obvious expense so you want to factor them into the main big spending category. Remember to include make-up, hairdressers and other beauty related costs here, too.

Budgeting for the Small Things

Once you’re done budgeting for the main stuff, you can move on to figuring what you’ll need to spend on the finer details. You can break it down to smaller chunks like the three elements below.

Decorations

Décor spending varies quite a bit and it is often the thing that allows you to control your spending the most. If you can make your own decorations, for example, you might save hundreds in costs. Note that some wedding venues offer decoration packages that include flower arrangements and table décor. In some instances, you might need to provide everything yourself.

Entertainment

You also want to budget for your entertainment. Many opt for a traditional wedding DJ or a band but you could also save money by streaming your own music. Your best men and bridesmaids can also organise fun wedding entertainment in the form of games and quizzes. If you have a lot of kids attending the wedding ,consider asking for colouring books and board games from friends and family and creating a little play corner. This can make the kids and their parents happy and you don’t really need to pay for anything!

Generally, you should also budget for one more entertainment thing – something that adds the wow-factor to your wedding reception. Wedding fireworks are a great idea and offer a lot of variety for all sorts of budgets. You can have a big professional display or include individual fireworks for special moments during the day, like the first dance or the cake cutting.

Wedding Photography

Wedding photography deserves its own allocation because you’re likely going to want to have some element of professional photography as part of your wedding. A photographer can take the official wedding portraits of you two, be part of the wedding ceremony or snap photos during the reception. You can combine all of these aspects to your liking!

Leave Room for Last Minute Issues

The above are the pain points to keep in mind when planning for your wedding budget. It’s important to also leave a little breathing room in your budget. You don’t want to have all of your money allocated; try to reserve at least a few hundred for those unexpected costs. These could be an advance cancellation, break down of items, or even someone not turning up at the last minute!

Keep Track of Your Spending

Aside from allocating money to different parts of the wedding, you should also start keeping count of what you’re actually spending. As soon as you make a payment or at least know the cost for sure, write it down. This ensures you can adjust your spending and stay on track for having an amazing, budget-friendly wedding!