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There is a lot that goes into planning a budget for a wedding. From the small touches to costs you may have not even considered, every part of a wedding is important to consider when determining a budget. As difficult as pinning down (and sticking to) a budget may be, there are ways to determine the general price range that your budget will fall into. Here are the five main components that will make up the majority of the costs for your wedding.

1. Venue

The venue is one of the most important parts of your wedding. It will set the tone and play a huge part in the theme for your wedding. The venue will also make up the majority of your budget so it is one of the first things you should consider. Remember when considering where to have your wedding, you are essentially looking at two venues, the venue for your ceremony and the venue for your reception. Take into consideration the price range of the type of venues you are looking at for both of these places.

2. Catering

Food is easily our favorite part of any day. Deciding what food to serve on your special day will be another important factor to consider when making your wedding budget. Determining budget for catering alone can be a complex issue because many factors need to be considered. Number of guests, how it is served, and type of food served all go into determining how much catering will cost. It is important to consider all of these when looking for a caterer as it will give you a more accurate estimate of how much the food will cost and how that will factor into your overall budget for your wedding.

3. Photographer

One cost that can easily be forgotten when planning is the wedding photographer. According to a survey conducted in the UK by yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk, the average cost for a wedding photographer in 2017 was £1,480. There are ways to save on photographers, such as using a student photographer or a friend who can do photography, however remember one of the reasons why photographers cost so much is because they are professionals. A professional photographer will take the time to set up and edit the photographs after a wedding. So when laying out your budget don’t forget to consider the photographer.

4. Dress

If you have seen Say Yes to the Dress then you know, finding your dream dress does not come cheap. If you have a dream designer in mind as well, then your dress will cost even more. Your dress and where you want to get it from will be a big part of your budget. While there are ways to cut back on wedding dress costs, like using your mum’s old dress, or buying a second hand dress, if you do plan to go the traditional route of buying a wedding dress from a shop, it will put you back quite a few pounds. Take into consideration your dress and how you plan to purchase it when planning your budget.

5. Flowers

From the beautiful bouquets for the bridesmaids to the centre pieces of the tables, flowers can quickly become one of the bigger parts of your budget. You may be a person who only wants a small bouquet for the bride and the bridesmaids, in which case flowers may compose a smaller part of the budget. However, if you are looking to make flowers the centre pieces for your tables or are looking for flower arrangements to be a part of the decorations, floral costs will become a large part of your budget. Large floral arrangements can end up costing over £,1000. Take into considerations how many flowers you want when composing your budget.

The vast amount of planning that goes into a wedding can be overwhelming and trying to plan out a budget can seem daunting. However, by looking at these five areas and considering what you want for your wedding in each area, you will be able to get an accurate idea of what your budget will be and how you can prepare more for your dream wedding.

If you would like some help with your budgeting or any other element of your wedding then please get in touch with us!