Budget setting is really important for most things in life, but especially so for your wedding. It’s incredible how easy it is to end up spending a fortune. Planning a wedding is no small task, and it can be so easy to get carried away. So what do guests actually notice at a wedding? What should you prioritise?
Top 4 Budget Priorities
- The Ceremony. Your guests will have been waiting possibly years for you crazy kids to tie the knot. This is the most important part of your day, and the bit that holds the most meaning. I’ve found over the past year or so, the ceremony part of the day has become less & less important to couples, and I think that’s a real shame. Of course the rest of the day is important – it is a celebration after all. But the reason the rest of the day exists is because of the marriage, aka the ceremony (or service if you’re getting married in church). Make the most of it. That might be by having a reading that means a lot to you, or maybe even writing your own vows. Either way, this is why everyone has ‘gathered here today’, so don’t let it become unimportant.
- The Food & Drink. Something guests will always remember is the amount of food & drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that was provided. If the food was scarce or rubbish (or both) then that’s what guests will come away with in the forefront of their minds. Likewise with the drinks (okay, maybe mainly alcohol – but the non-drinkers will sure remember if all they were offered was water!), if the alcohol runs out or the bar is very expensive, this will have a negative impact on the day as a whole. The last thing you want your friends & family to say is ‘lovely wedding but I left hungry and the drinks were overpriced’…
- The Venue. It doesn’t matter what ‘add-ons’ you have to your wedding day, if the venue isn’t right then guests will notice. There are loads of elements that make the venue ‘right’ for you. It’s about deciding what kind of wedding you want and how the venue will reflect you as a couple. The time of year you want to get married and finding a venue that suits your chosen season is also a factor to consider. Plus, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting for your money too, and what you’ll need to pay for in addition to the venue hire.
- The Music. Whether you opt for a band or a DJ, make sure the tunes are fun and get people on the dance floor. You can’t beat mixing it up with some old-school classics as well as modern pop-hits. And if you are having a band, make sure you’ve either heard them live yourself or they come with excellent recommendations from someone you know or respect. Bands are not cheap, and you can be sure your guests will remember if your first dance was sung out of tune or they only played classic love ballads… Not exactly the crows pleasers you may have hoped for!
So those are the top 4 budget priorities. Next up I’ll be exploring the less important elements of a wedding which sometimes get more attention than they deserve…
Check out my previous post!