Your wedding is supposed to be one of the best and most significant days of your life. Most women start dreaming from an early age of their special day and have a fairy-tale dream wedding in mind. It can also be one of the most stressful days in your life. But don’t worry. With meticulous planning, you, too can have that perfect day.
There are many factors to consider when planning a wedding: from choosing diamond engagement rings to arranging your reception.
- Guest List
- Church/Registry Office
Stretching your Money
One of the biggest hurdles that you have to overcome when planning a wedding is your limited funds. With so many things to take into account and plan for, the budget will soon get stretched and cuts will have to be made. The average wedding in the UK costs over £20,000.00, which is fairly a large amount of money. This means that you may have to come to a compromise when planning the special day.
Cut out the caviar or a few less boxes of wine or champagne – there are many ways that you can stretch your budget to get the most for your money, especially if you are willing to turn away from conventional wedding ideas. Instead of invitations being done at professional printers, you can get loads of templates on the internet and design your own wedding invitations. If you get some good quality card or paper, you should be able to print these on your printer at home and save yourself a bit of money.
The Guest List
This is an area that a lot of people struggle with as we want everyone who knows us to attend and celebrate our happy day. The amount of people attending the wedding party and reception can have a massive effect on the cost of a wedding.
For the wedding party, catering for 100 people is going to be a lot cheaper than catering for 200. If you can cut the amount of people attending during the day and invite them to the evening reception, you could save yourself a lot of money. It also makes the ceremony a lot more intimate with having only close family and friends.
One of the largest expenses tends to be the bride’s dress. Along with the hiring of the suits and bridesmaids dresses, this soon can eat into your ever dwindling budget. This is usually the hardest thing to get the bride to compromise on as well. Most dresses are tailor-made, so this does increase the cost somewhat.
If you can find a dress off the shelf, then you can also save yourself a bit of money. Instead of having four bridesmaids, have two instead. This may cause a few headaches as who to ask and who to leave out, but if you sit down and explain to the potential bridesmaids though, a compromise can be achieved.
Of course, you need to choose from a wide selection of rings. Rings are a part of your special day that should not be compromised on as you will be wearing this, hopefully, as a token of your love for the rest of your life.
Do not go buying these on a whim and make sure that you choose a retailer who has the proper accreditation. There are many clever ways to reduce cost, without compromising your ring designs. If a bride chooses a Platinum wedding ring, a matching groom’s wedding ring will no doubt be expensive in the same Platinum metal. Choosing 950 Palladium, with the same natural white finish as Platinum, will reduce your wedding ring budget significantly. Palladium wedding rings are now available in almost all plain wedding ring styles, regardless of the style or profile of the ring.
All in all, it can be one of the most stressful days in our lives. Some people end up worrying so much about having the perfect wedding and that everyone else is enjoying themselves. They forget that it is their special day and that they are the ones who should be enjoying it. When you plan your wedding make sure you have a reasonable budget and do not go over the top too much. Alternatively, buy your loved one a Diamond ring and jet off on a plane and get married on a beach, it can work out a lot cheaper!