Working out a budget
This part of the wedding planning may not be fun,
but it’s vital to work out just how much you have to spend before you commit to anything and start arranging your wedding.
After all, the days are gone when a girl’s parents had to take out another bond to pay for her wedding. These days, the couple often pays a portion, if not everything. When calculating what everything is going to cost, it’s very tempting – and perfectly natural – to want to go overboard, but unless you have limitless funds, we suggest you try to reign yourself in a little. So sit down with paper, pencil and a calculator (and perhaps a glass of wine each!) and work out what you can really afford. Remember, while your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, it is just one day and you both have a whole lifetime together. It’s going to be special, no matter what you spend! You also don’t want to start off your married life by drowning in debt because you have to pay off your wedding day for a number of years. So while it’s okay to go a little overboard, don’t end up getting in too deep. You might need to compromise or tweak your grand plans just a little, but it will be worth it in the end.