Counting the cost of your wedding

You can have a fabulous wedding without it costing an absolute fortune! Just think out of the box! we found this page about Tipi Weddings, they look awesome and stylish too without breaking the bank 😉

Most couples, apart from an exceptional lucky few, have to limit the amount they spend.

The first thing to do is decide on your budget and stick to it!

Lots of couples do pay for their own wedding and it’s perfectly possible to have an amazing wedding on just about any budget. The key to this is quite simply good organisation from the word go!

Opening a separate wedding bank account is a good idea as it will make tracking what comes in, what goes out and what’s left to play with much simpler.

If you are receiving and parental contributions then bank these as soon as you receive them and then add to the funds, regularly, by deciding how much you are each going to contribute, this is usualy on average between 10-20 per cent of every pay packet during your engagement period – but don’t forget that you still have to live! Cutting costs on none essentials can help build your fund during this time and don’t forget you can always endulge again after the wedding!

Traditionally the bride’s parents paid for the wedding but in our more modern times it is most often the couple themselves who pay for the biggest percentage of the costs with both sets of parents then making contributions, this is due partly to modern day trends, to changing family dynamics and also to increasing costs.

The chart below gives you an idea of the tradional way weddings used to be paid for and an alternative of our modern day times, remember this is for example only and not must do list.

ITEM/ACTIVITY

TRADITIONAL

MODERN

Engagement Ring

Groom

Groom

Engagement Party & invites

Bride’s Family

Bride & Groom

Wedding Insurance

Bride’s Family

Bride & Groom

Flowers for the Service

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Flowers for the Reception

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Reception Venue

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Reception Meal & Drinks

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Evening Reception Venue

Bride’s Family

Groom’s Family

Evening Reception Meals & Drinks

Bride’s Family

Groom’s Family

Bride’s Outfit

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

All Stationery excluding Thank-You Cards

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Thank-You Cards

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Transport for Bride, Father of the Bride, Mother of the Bride & Bridesmaids to the Service

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Transport for Father & Mother of the Bride, Best Man, & Bridesmaids to the Reception

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Photography

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Videography

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Wedding Cake

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Overnight accommodation for Bride’s Family if required

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Wedding Favours

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Day Entertainment

Bride’s Family

Bride’s Family

Evening Entertainment

Bride’s Family

Groom’s Parents

Corsages & Buttonholes

Groom

Groom’s Family

Bride’s Bouquet

Groom

Bride’s Family

Bridesmaid’s Outfits

Bridesmaids

Bride’s Family

Usher & Best Man’s Outfits

Ushers & Best Man

Groom’s Family

Groom’s Outfit

Groom

Groom’s Family

Day Balloons & Decorations

Bride’s Family

Bride & Groom

Evening Balloons & Decorations

Bride’s Family

Bride & Groom

Transport for the Groom & Best Man to the Service

Bride’s Family

Groom

Transport for the Bride and Groom to the Reception

Bride’s Family

Bride & Groom

Overnight accommodation for Groom’s Family if required

Groom’s Family

Groom’s Family

Overnight accommodation for the Bride & Groom if required

Groom

Bride & Groom

Gift for the Groom

Bride

Bride

Groom’s Wedding Ring

Bride

Bride

Bride’s Hen Night Costs

Attendants

Bride

Hair & Beauty Treatment

Bride’s Family

Bride

Gift for the Bride

Groom

Groom

Bride’s Wedding Ring

Groom

Groom

Groom’s Stag Night Costs

Attendants

Groom

Gifts for Bridesmaids

Bride

Bride & Groom

Gifts for Ushers and Best Man

Groom

Bride & Groom

Honeymoon

Groom

Bride & Groom

All Church or Registrar Fees

Groom

Bride & Groom

Gifts for the Father & Mother of the Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Best Man Duties

Before the Wedding
  • Talk over the choice of ushers with the groom and appoint them if necessary.
  • Discuss the degree of formality agreed upon for the wedding and see that appropriate clothing is bought or hired for himself and the ushers. These will probably need to co-ordinate with the groom’s own so these details will need to be checked on also.
  • Organise the stag night for the groom and friends in a sensible manner. Make it a fun event whilst keeping in mind that there should be no serious repercussions.
  • Order the wedding car for himself and the groom and also for the newly-weds departure after the wedding (if needed).
  • Check that the colour and quantity of the buttonholes are correct on the bride’s order for the florist.

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Options For Your Honeymoon

The honeymoon is a trip you will remember forever. It is important that between you and your partner to choose a place they both like for both to enjoy to the fullest. This trip is an opportunity to rest from the hectic preparations for the wedding and enjoy the most of the company of your partner.

The first thing you should do before choosing the destination for your honeymoon is to talk to your partner to agree whether they want is a journey of relaxation, a cultural trip or adventure travel. After deciding on the type who wish to travel, it is important to establish the budget that count for the trip and then check the best options for your dream trip. Here are a few recommendations.

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Weddings Speeches

Making speeches can be a daunting task, especially if you are not used to public speaking. They are one of the most important parts of the reception, and the maxim is true, when you stand up you have nowhere to hide, but a little thought beforehand will stand you in good stead for the big day.

Essentially the role of the speakers is to say “thank you” to the people who have contributed to the day’s events and to entertain the assembled hordes. The best speeches are brief; less than five minutes is ideal. If you are nervous about the prospect of making a speech remember that the guests are going to be supportive of you and will forgive almost any error (except possibly calling the bride or her mother a heifer).

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Better blooms for your wedding

With many flower giving occasions thoughout the year, including Valentines Day, Mothering Sunday and birthdays, there are many reasons to want to buy the best beautiful flowers, not just the large quantity needed for a wedding.

Here are some top tips for getting the best blooms:

– Plan ahead. If you have the space to grow your own, these will not jsut save you money, but will no doubt last longer once cut. If you plan ahead you can grow certain plants that you know will be in bloom at a particular time of year. OK for one off occasions, like for Mothers Day flowers, but harder when growing for a whole wedding… time to enlist some help?

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