Updated: Jun 9, 2020
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
And just like that we have started a new decade, it's time for us to get ready for another busy wedding season!
If you didn’t catch up in our previous blog, we've started a new series enabling and empowering brides with the tools to confidently identify and choose their perfect style for their wedding day, so be sure to read our previous posts on how to find your wedding theme.
Setting a theme is more than just adding a few accessories to a room, every element plays a critical role in enhancing and accentuating the atmosphere of the day. Yet, time and time again I see brides with beautiful visions compromise their ideas by not paying enough attention to their season, budget and venue choice. These factors tend to be overlooked when planning a wedding, resulting in inconsistencies in the fluidity and style of the day.
So, in today’s post we will discuss and explore the influence that budget has on your wedding colour, style and overall theme.
Tip Number One: BUDGET
IMPORTANT: When planning make sure you figure out how much you can afford and how much you are happy to spend, as soon as possible.
With the average wedding costing around £30 000 in London, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a budget when planning your wedding. This should be the first thing you discuss with your spouse once you have announced your engagement.
Knowing how much you are willing to spend on your wedding day gives you the opportunity to allocate your budget accordingly. Your allocated budget will be the main factor to determine how elaborate your wedding will be, so please be realistic when choosing a style for your big day as certain elements and designs will cost more money than others.
Once you know how much you are willing to spend on your wedding, take off 10-15% as a decent contingency plan for unexpected costs that may arise during the planning process.
Decide on your priorities by making a list of the things that are most important to you for your wedding, whether it's the decoration, the photographer, the food or whatever is non-negotiable for you. Try to limit it to six or seven elements at most.
Example: If you know that food and music are most important, choose a simple decorative design with flowers in season to reduce cost, that way you are able to prioritise on what matters to you without completely compromising on style. It's also wise to make a note of the elements that don't really matter to you so that you can allocated a bit more money to certain elements and opt for less expensive items for things that are not that important.
Keeping to this list will enable you to prioritise what is truly important to you as it is very easy to get blown away with insignificant elements when planning.
Finally, if you are getting any contribution from parents or relatives, be sure to ask them to be clear about their expectations and what they are. The last thing you want during the planning process is a misunderstanding or having to compromise on your style because your mum wants you to wear a certain style of dress or use a specific type of flower that will clash with your wedding theme or colour.
Happy new year once again and I cannot wait to share a bit more on our next blog post.