The Wedding Budget – 13/05/2013

DIY Wedding Budget WordleIn this entry we need to tackle one big wedding topic that tends to lead the way in planning and also often what either makes things happen or stops things from happening: the wedding budget.

Apparently the average wedding in the UK costs around £20,000. When Groom and I heard these numbers, we are completely flabbergasted. I didn’t really believe these costs until some of my friends were planning their weddings and both of them confirmed that they were spending in the region of £25,000 each.

We cannot comprehend spending that much money on one day. We appreciate that it is an important day. Some would argue that it’s the most important day of our lives. And we don’t disagree with that, but (and at the risk of sounding like a man), £20,000 on one day?

We decided that we didn’t want to spend anywhere near that amount of money on our wedding. It is going to be the best and most important day at this stage in our lives, but we also didn’t want to go into debt for it. Of course, we want a beautiful wedding but once you reach a certain point, I don’t believe that more money does buy you a better day, if you do things smartly.

I’m about to drop a bombshell and announce that the budget we have decided on is actually dramatically less than the national UK average. We would like to aim to spend around £5,000 on our wedding day.

I know what you’re thinking: it’s impossible. And if any wedding-related websites (including venues!) are anything to go by, then it certainly sounds like it can’t be done. It’s not going to be easy. But nothing is impossible.

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