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How To Successfully Prioritise Your Wedding Budget

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how to successfully prioritise your wedding budget

As a writer for The Wedding Gallery blog, I’ve had the experience of visiting The Wedding Gallery and meeting some of the team. Since getting engaged just over a year ago, I got to see this opportunity from a brand new light: as a bride-to-be!

I’m one of those people that has been dreaming about her wedding since I was a little girl and loves hearing about real wedding stories. But writing content for this blog as a bride-to-be has been so different. Because I’ve been imagining OUR wedding and OUR marriage, and let’s just say it’s been really eye-opening!

My fiancé and I got engaged on 23rd December 2016, at my parents house, and we’re currently planning our wedding for 1st June 2019. Sounds like quite a long engagement, right? Indeed! We wanted to make sure we had enough time to plan the perfect wedding for us both, whilst preparing for our married life together too (a house move is on the cards at some point!) Our long engagement season has allowed us to learn how to prioritise what’s most important to us, and we know this is a really valuable skill.

Knowing we were working with a longer timeframe, I’ve come to appreciate the wedding planning process even more, and all that The Wedding Gallery has to offer! Whether you’re already engaged or have a slight suspicion that he might pop the question (I was the last to find out; seriously, my hairdresser even knew!), go ahead and book an appointment to visit the gallery here.

Now what do you think our first planning conversation was about? Our wedding budget of course! And one of the first things we decided was to establish our wedding budget based on what we could afford, not how much things cost. While we want our day to be a massive celebration for everyone, we also know it’s one day, and we didn’t want to worry financially because of it.

So where do you begin?

Well the best starting point is to establish your priorities straight away so you know exactly where to direct your time, attention and money.

To help us with this, we first thought about an overall goal for our wedding – to celebrate our life together and thank everyone who has been a part of our journey. Yours might be similar to this or different, it’s completely up to you.

We also came up with a list of questions when it came to making financial decisions. This has helped us see whether we’re staying loyal to our priorities.

Some of our questions are:

  • Why are we making this decision? Do we want this or do we feel like it’s expected of us?
  • Will people feel appreciated if we say yes to this decision?
  • What kind of an impact will this have?
  • Does this celebrate the people in our life?
  • Do we really need to spend this amount of money here or can we spend it on something else?

When planning our whole wedding, these questions have helped us make some huge decisions: from bridesmaids and groomsmen, to our venue, florist, photographers and more.

We found it also makes a huge difference to get to know our suppliers too, as this also helps us to successfully prioritise our wedding budget. We made a point to only look at suppliers and venues within our price range and so far, everyone has been really helpful and accommodating.

As we said in our last post on budgeting, it is possible to have your wedding on any budget. But it has to be YOUR wedding based on YOUR budget. Not what others expect. And regardless of what you spend, your wedding will be beautiful, unique and memorable, because it’s a celebration of your love, your relationship and your future. That’s what your guests will remember.

By Holly Sutton

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