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    We have a rough budget of 10k and I'm just wondering if anyone else has had the same. I'm completely bewildered by the whole wedding planning and hidden costs palaver, and no idea how to begin to divvy that up so each thing is in proportion according to the budget. I don't want to spend 5000 on a dress and 25p on the rings... ok I exaggerate but you know what I mean (I hope). Can anyone with a similar budget assist a clueless bride to be please?!

    Thank you in advance!


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    Hi Phadreus

    I have just had a quick look on the web. It seems that the average cost of the Wedding is 25k. So I have taken the figures that some website suggested and divided them by 2.5 to get to how you'd split 10k.

    This won't be completely accurate but it will give you a starting guide.

    So....

    Groom's Outfit 313 /2.5 = 125
    Bride's Outfit 1746 /2.5 = 698
    MOB's Outfit 337 /2.5 = 135
    Other Outfits 465 /2.5 = 186
    Wedding Rings 647 /2.5 = 258
    Stationery 240 /2.5 = 96
    Entertainment 682 /2.5 = 272
    Wedding Venue 2223 /2.5 = 890
    Reception 7252 /2.5 = 2900
    Engagement Ring 2451 /2.5 = 980
    Photography/Video 1399 /2.5 = 560
    Gift List 1954 /2.5 = 782
    Beauty 220 /2.5 = 88
    Cake 296 /2.5 118
    Flowers 560 /2.5 = 224
    Honeymoon 3931 /2.5 = 1572

    Obviously, if you are not having to pay for some of these items then you can put the money into items you really want to spend more on.

    Hope this helps.

    All the best.
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    Default Anyone know how do divvy up a 10k budget??

    Clever thinking! Thank you not much for a venue/reception when I see the price of venues!


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    You might want to look at booking a Thursday Wedding. Some suppliers and venues are almost half the price of their weekend prices.
    Plus, your guests don't have to give up a weekend.
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    Yes I agree. A wedding through the week is much cheaper. Many couples op for a weddings on a Thursday, Friday and often a Sunday.

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    Most venues seem to be around 65 a head for weddings so it will depend on the number of guests I suppose! Based on our original budget I would suggest the following...

    Venue (based on 75 all day guests - additional evening guests usually an extra 3 or so PP) 4,875
    DJ (bands are around 1000) 300
    Wedding dress including alterations and veil/accessories/shoes (would definitely recommend a sample sale) 1,000
    3 high street bridesmaid dresses 450
    Groom and 3 best man/usher kilt hire 280
    Flowers (includes flowers for tables) 800
    Rings 500
    Photographer (cheaper if you are happy for them to leave before the first dance - to get an album would be more) 800
    Cake (M&S) 150
    Invites 80
    Hair and make up (bride plus 3 bridesmaids) 320
    Presents for people 150

    Total 9,705

    Hope this helps!

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    That's really useful thank you!


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    I'd suggest using the budegting tool on the Confetti website if you haven't already, its been really helpful for me when trying to plan out all of the costings. It's makes it easy to see where you are spending money and possibly where you can save or do some DIY!

    Hope this helps x

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    We had rough estimates in mind and for the most part we came in on or under budget and it meant we had extra elsewhere. Prices we paid were: -

    Ceremony 204
    Reception 3114
    Cars 423 (2 cars)
    Rings 602
    Flowers 237.96 (artificial - my bouquet, bridesmaid, flower girl wand, small arrangement for throwing, 6 buttonholes and 2 corsages)
    DJ and Video 400 (same guy did both so were able to get a deal)
    Photographer 595 (bridal prep right through to first couple of dances, full rights plus album)
    Buffet Extra 40 (didn't have many extra at night and only charged at 4 per head)
    Groom, BM, 2 adults, 2 kids 585
    Bride 1088 (dress, hoop and dressing service)
    Invitations 44
    Favours 37.95 (retro sweets from pund shops and bags from amazon)
    Bridesmaid 30.4 (off an online catalogue)
    Hair/Make Up 135 (bride, bridesmaid, flower girl, mother of bride and mother of groom)

    The package we got at the venue was for 50 guests and included so much including the cake, piper, seating plan, chair covers, centrepieces, arrival drinks and canapes, full four course meal, buffet at night, various drinks etc

    Honeymoon was in Scotland and only cost about 800.

    In total our full day came out at about 9000 when you take into consideration thank you gifts, thank you cards and presents bought for the bride and groom on the morning of the wedding.

    I found keeping a spreadsheet was a good way to keep track. I had budget cost, actual cost and then the saving.

    Good luck planning and hopefully you can find a split that suits

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    That's so helpful thank you


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepper View Post
    Yes I agree. A wedding through the week is much cheaper. Many couples op for a weddings on a Thursday, Friday and often a Sunday.
    Hmm, that's a nice idea. Didn't knew that.

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