Many young couples get swept along on the romantic idea of a fairytale wedding, with that spectacular, magical castle wedding venue, beautiful coach and horses, Cinderella-style wedding gown, dashing groom and groomsmen and picturesque lawns and gardens for their wedding photographs.
The actual cost of such an idyllic dream seldom comes to mind in the early stages as they are carried along on the romance and excitement of the proposal and thoughts of endless days of love and togetherness. This is when, sadly, reality kicks in with a huge grounding 'bump', as several surveys have determined that the average cost of a white wedding in 2013 can total almost £20,000.
Many brides are choosing to have beauty treatments before their big day, including spa treatments, teeth whitening, laser hair removal, etc; and this all contributes towards the overall cost of the big day and these costs are added to the sum of paying individually for the rings, venue, catering, wedding dress, flowers, photographer, entertainment, groom and groomsmen's outfits, bridesmaid's outfits and honeymoon - and they are just the essentials!
It pays to shop around, every future bride wants to have their dream day and, with planning, it is possible without breaking the bank. A groom will quickly realise that there are some things you do not point out to a stressed bride-to-be and one of them is the grim state of the economy. A wedding is a fabulous occasion that couples are still willing to save and invest in to ensure they and their guests have a day to remember and if they are savvy enough to select a fixed-price wedding it can mean that couples be able to have their fairytale dream at an affordable price.
Saving on money does not mean relinquishing quality - you can expect the same high standards of service and selections of food and drink available and nothing is compromised, meaning the dream of a fairytale castle wedding can become a reality. Selecting a fixed-price wedding can also take the 'leg-work' out of the arrangements as these packages include not only your venue for a beautiful civil service, but your three course meal, ceremonial red carpet, celebratory drink, master of ceremonies, top-table floral arrangement, photographer, evening party DJ and evening catering.
Reputable wedding venues are able to offer couples a selection of wedding plans at varying prices, including exclusive use, where couples and their guests have sole use of the venue, to mid-week and late-availability packages and offer couples personalised venue viewings, prior to booking, enabling a plan to be selected suitable to a couples budget.
Whilst it is tradition for the bride's parents to pay a considerable amount towards the wedding costs, it has now become fashionable for the couple to share the cost, so finding the best bargain is imperative to avoid starting married life in debt. Some tips to keep costs down include;
• Consider hiring groom and groomsmen tuxedos to avoid paying for an outfit never to be worn again.
• Try not to over-invite, it is lovely to share your special day with everyone, but set a limit.
• Cut down on favours, something simple for your guests to remember the day by is sufficient without incurring great expense.
• Use the internet to find the best bargains for bridesmaids dresses, accessories, etc;
• Opt to get married in the off-season months when prices are not as high.
• Shop around for the best deals on flowers, cakes, etc:
• Avoid expensive printing cost by designing and sending electronic invitations where possible.
• Set yourself a budget and stick to it.
Your special day does not have to appear 'cheap' as a result of you being prudent, but your stress level will diminish with each pound you save and your dream wedding will be all the more wonderful in the knowledge that you have shopped wisely and not stretched your bank account beyond repair.
There is a great deal involved in organising a wedding, from dresses and flowers to catering, venue, photography and much more, so know your wedding budget and be sure about your budget for each separate aspect of your wedding day. Generally brides and grooms feel overwhelmed at one point or another in the procedure of planning their wedding, but the most important thing to remember is to be calm, and stay organised.
Set your budget, prioritise what's important to you and begin by looking through your budget and crossing off anything that you don't need. For example if you're having both the ceremony and reception at one location, you can eliminate the need of a bridal car and chauffeur.
Whatever the cost of your wedding, whether you splash out £5000 or £500,000, it's the day that counts and not what it has cost you, so relax, be happy and enjoy your very special day.