UKbride Member Request 18 Sep 2017

Me n my partner have started planning out wedding after being engaged for 5...

Me n my partner have started planning out wedding after being engaged for 5 years! The problem is I don't no where to start with budgeting! Does anyone have a list they could share with me? I just no I'm going to forget something :-( thank you in advance x

Claire Hellewell
Claire Hellewell 19 Sep 2017

The first thing I did was get in contact with Church and Venue and find out if the date was available and the cost. And go from there really. They are the main thing to look into first as they're the expensive parts of the budget :)

Susan Coleclough
Susan Coleclough 19 Sep 2017

Check the top ribbon on this page and you will see a section for my wedding or planning (I can't see it and type) and it has a budget planner in there. It is quite useful as you can add or remove things and keep check of what you have spent or what you may want to include.

Louise Rayner
Louise Rayner 19 Sep 2017

Budgeting Is difficult. We chose our venue then decided our affordability for the overall budget. Unfortunately our circumstances changed but we had already committed so we've struggled....but it's been well worth it.
11days til D-Day
With places like eBay, if you're willing to do done DIY lots of things can be purchased relatively cheap x

Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 19 Sep 2017

Hi first determine what you can afford then find venue and then see if registry office or church dates are available :)

Hazel Cottrell
Hazel Cottrell 19 Sep 2017

We went backwards because we knew what venue we wanted - so basically looked at what we wanted and looked to see if we could afford it :)

£12k for everything

Nicola Greaney
Nicola Greaney 19 Sep 2017

There are lots of lists on google. I also found the checklists printed in the wedding magazines very helpful.
Start with your chosen venue and the registry. Then go from there. Have a date in mind but be flexible -I changed our date due to originally clashing with my cousins wedding and also due to my partners ill health x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Sep 2017

Venue (including ceremony, reception and evening daytime catering and any drinks packages evening food), flowers, dress, invitations, cake, bridesmaids, suits, rings, photographer, videographer, beauty stuff (hair & make up plus trials for yourself and any bridesmaids), shoes, nails, rooms. Also at venue check chair cover/sash hire, centrepieces, dj/band/entertainment.

Hope that helps.

Venue is usually most expensive.

I would do a guest list first so you know how many day & evening you will have x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Sep 2017

It's hard! I chose my venue first then worked around that my wedding altogether had cost us about £7,000 which I think pretty good x

Danielle Ryde
Danielle Ryde 19 Sep 2017

Download bridebooks on your phone or tablet keeps it easy and helps budget x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Sep 2017

Spreadsheet and start with venue, church or registrar, dress, suits, entertainment, flowers, food, drink, decor. Then start adding the smaller items like shoes, jewellery, presents etc.
Put price, what it includes, then have a column for what has been paid then the balance. You can add columns to include who paid what and when.
It's the little things that bump up the budget so be careful and congratulations!!!! X

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Sep 2017

The venue will be a good third of the overall spend. (Based on ceremony and reception at the same place). So think what you can afford and have that in mind when choosing your venue.

Emma Howe
Emma Howe 19 Sep 2017

I set a rough budget in my mind of what I wanted to spend in total, then I decided on what was important to me, cake, make up etc, then I set a realistic budget for these items, shop around, ask for deals, barter but most of all try not to stress x

Laura Stewart
Laura Stewart 19 Sep 2017

Get the app guides for brides, it's great x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Sep 2017

I used a lot of home based businesses instead of shops as this helped us to save money.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Sep 2017

I use a app it called WedHappy it helps with sticking to budget and what steps you need to do and when it a free app to

Heather Lloyd
Heather Lloyd 19 Sep 2017

My mom bought me a wedding planner diary thing and it basically lists everything you will need to do. A lot if it we decided not to bother with or ended up already being included in our venue package. It didn't necessarily help with budgeting, but helped us see what we still have left to do

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Sep 2017

Book a register office 1st (cheaper than a church)
Then a venue for your reception like a hall in a club
Get a cheap caterer theres loads on fb or you you and your family can do the catering between you
Get decorations for hall from ebay realy cheap
Look for a dress on line or sights where peopke are selling them
Full mens suits it matalan or primark for 60 pound
Send invites well in advance
If you want a pish wedding car home james are very cheap for 200 you get a large limo to take you to register office then from there to your reception and you get 2 bottles of bubbly

Lis Vaux
Lis Vaux 20 Sep 2017

Hobby craft, Waterstones and WHS do cute little wedding planning diaries to keep track of budget and everything. Also would be a nice little keepsake when everything is sorted :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 20 Sep 2017

We don't want to spend thousands second marriage iv bought seat covers Sashas table runners wishing tree well everything for venue off ebay all brilliant stuff all brand new for a lot less than hiring it had a sweet shop made for kids and blinged it up got suits bought them as it was cheaper than hiring them going to have a dress made as I no what I want basically everything I dreamed of iv got on a budget not being tight but why pay loads to hire stuff when you can get it cheaper your self and with money we have saved we are having a photo mirror and bits and bobs I didn't think we could have and it's not cost thousands x

Louise Warren
Louise Warren 4 Oct 2017

We are getting married after being engaged for fifteen years!!! 😂 haven't even started budgeting and we have less than a year!! Keep adding things to my list and shocked at how when you mention wedding everything trebles in price!

Naomi Chappel
Naomi Chappel 5 Oct 2017

Have a look at a few checklists and see what you think you want and go from there x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Oct 2017

Hi I'm a wedding planner in Oxfordshire if yo would like some help then please let me know. I offer a free consultation where I can go through a budgeting list with you. Let me know if I can be of any help.


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