Thursday, February 3, 2011

Planning a Wedding Budget

Weddings come in all shapes, sizes and costs. If you are just getting to grips with planning your ideal wedding day, you're probably curious about the type of wedding you would like to have and how much it'll cost you. In this post we'll talk about planning a wedding budget and ways to cut down on costs.

For a wedding with a couple of bridesmaids, entertainment, and food for about 100 guests, wedding planners estimate that you'll probably spend around £5-10,000.

But many weddings have a few more guests than that and can as much as $10,000 to $20,000!

Why is there such a large range in price? The reason is that there are so many choices! Not only are there various kinds of flowers to choose from, but also the size and style of the bouquets, how labour-intensive they are, and whether you end up picking out-of-season flowers that must be ordered specially or seasonal flowers that are plentiful and not as expensive.

It's not easy to pin down a price on a wedding cake either. How many people will it serve? How detailed? Buttercream icing or rolled fondant? Do you want a fruit filling? All of these choices can result in bigger cheques being written.

With this seemingly endless desire for celebrity lifestyles, the bar has been raised and people's expectations have become a lot higher.

A good wedding can be put together for far less than the celebs shell out. If you want to, you can get married for £15,000, for £2,000, or even for less. This will depend on what your expectations are and what kind of reception you want.

The reception, usually the biggest expense, can be controlled by the time of day you choose. Which would you prefer -- a morning wedding with a brunch reception or an afternoon wedding with light finger foods? For an evening wedding, will you pick heavy hors d'oeuvres, a self serve buffet or a sit-down evening meal?

One of the most popular options is to choose heavy hors d'oeuvres, but sometimes that can be more expensive than a served meal. The reason? You're paying for more items and paying by the piece.

If you want to cut expenses on your food, the time of day you plan your reception is a big factor. The least expensive time of day is the middle of the afternoon. That isn't a time people are usually hungry, so they'll eat less, and you can get away with serving less food.

If you are planning a wedding budget and trying to find other ways to cut costs let the creativity flow and put your personality into it. Be creative in your thinking and choose one area of your wedding to really, really shine.

Keep in mind it is possible to create a stunning occasion regardless of what you can pay for. It is wise to avoid going into debt for your wedding. It's not necassary to still be paying for your wedding when you start paying the hospital bills for having your first baby!.

Whether you spend £2,000 or £20,000, you'll still be just as married.