There are few moments in life that can live up to the excitement of an engagement; from the proposal to sharing the good news, announcing a wedding is a thrilling proposition. But once that has died down, the reality of the all-important budget can hit hard. There are the unavoidable expenditures such as the dress, the venue and the flowers but knowing how to spread the remainder of your budget can be tricky.
It can be easy to get carried away with the competition to tie knot on up, but focusing on the following three areas and prioritising your money in a way that is right for you can ensure you have a day to remember.
No matter what your budget allows, employing the talents of an experienced wedding photographer is a must. Yes, snapshots taken by your guests can be candid, fun and representative of the day but nothing beats the expertise a professional brings to the table.
The best photographers will be with you from early on in the planning process. Services such as those on offer through Nick Rutter photography provide expert advice not just on the day itself but throughout your preparations too.
With your wedding album lasting long after the guests have gone home, the confetti has been thrown and the cake has been consumed it really is worth investing in a top quality wedding photographer to help you savour the fun, romance and magic of the day itself.
For your consideration
Although catering at a wedding can be considered as much of an essential as a photographer, the style of the food and drink served will be very much dependent on budget. Whether you are aiming for luxury, such as champagne and more courses than there are guests, or something a little more straightforward, such as these Hong Kong couples, getting the catering right for your theme and personality is the most important thing.
If your budget allows, a provision of free drink can work wonders at loosening up your wedding guests whilst also making them feel they are in for a treat. If you can stretch to a free bar then it is worth making sure there are snacks for guests to graze on in order to counter-balance the alcohol consumption! Do bear in mind though, it is your special day; your guests are there to see you get married and anything else is an added bonus.
If the budget allows
If there is money left over once the essentials are covered, having fun with your wedding transport can be a memorable way of spending those last few pounds. As with everything else, your mode of transport needs to fit in with your over-riding theme but there are a number of options for any couple’s personality.
You might choose to tandem from your wedding venue to your reception venue, perhaps a vintage bus for you and your guests is more your style or maybe a blinged-up tractor will fit in with your country wedding theme.
Whatever you do, sticking to your budget is an absolute must if you are to make your wedding day one to remember.