We have a whole train of blog posts lined up to be published – all to do with fantastically pretty things, charming Inns and unreservedly bedazzling accessories. Tempted yet? You’ll just have to keep checking in then, won’t you (said with an ever so slightly prim and patronising tone of voice).
Contrary to what some believe, wedding planning isn’t just a matter of sipping bubbles, tasting cake and frolicking in pretty frocks – whether you do it as a full-time job or for your own wedding.
Just as much as we have to look after the running-the-business side of bride&glory (by for example attending a business seminar in London on Wedneday night – hurrah), so do brides and grooms have to look after their budgets. Unless they have a bottomless amount of money, which we personally haven’t come across yet.
We have put together bride&glory’s golden (or in our case orange) rules of wedding budgeting, which we pass on to our brides and grooms.
Below are the headlines and a few comments – if you’d like to know more, just pick up the phone or email us. You know where we are! Or drop in at the Chapel for a jug of Pimms and a mini Bundt cake – our doors are always open.
RULE NO 1: PRIORITISE, PRIOROTISE, PRIORITISE
It’s invaluable advice, which we were once given and have never looked back on. You simply must identify the areas that are most important to you and that you cannot and will not compromise on. It will lay the foundations for everything else.
RULE NO 2: HERE COMES THE (EXCEL) QUEEN
Excel is like Marmite – love it or hate it. Either way though, a simple spreadsheet (or a complex and interlinked, all singing & dancing collection of spreadsheets) is unavoidable to ensure you keep track of whether you can afford the ice scultpure of the two of you or not.
RULE NO 3: CONTRIBUTIONS WELCOME?!
Don’t be afraid to let friends & family contribute. There are genius ways of keeping the peace among the family whist helping a tighty squeezed budget breathe again. We have a whole box full of tricks to share – just email us.
RULE NO 4: DON’T LET IT GATHER DUST
One (or three) words: update, update, update.
RULE NO 5: CONTINGENCY
No matter how organised you are, you may for one reason or another end up going over budget. Save yourself a headache and build in a 10% contingency. If you don’t need to use it, you’ll be delighted to be able to put it towards your honeymoon or first steps into married life.