Can you Guess the Wedding Budget Bottom Five?
Following our post on the wedding budget Big Five it’s only right to share what our married brides wished they hadn’t spent quite so much, or in some cases, any money on. Here’s the top, or in fact, Bottom Five…
Whilst we love all these thoughtful little details (unsurprisingly), if you ask around you'll probably find that most of your future guests couldn’t give a hoot. So if you’re looking to cut back, favours definitely fall into the non-essential camp.
To directly quote one of our brides ‘as pretty as they look, they get thrown away’. Maybe not by you or your grandmother but you get the gist. There are loads of cheaper options out there, whether you get a well-placed friend to design something and print yourselves or find a bargain on Etsy, we’ve found that the general consensus is... there's no need to print them on linen and get them personally delivered by a dove.
3. Excessive décor
Some venues simply don't need to look like your Pinterest page has thrown up all over it. Less is more in many cases, unless you really are polishing a turd. Even so, if it’s a trade-off between 900 different coloured lanterns and the sacred canapés, then you know what to do.
Some people react with pure horror when you tell them you're not planning on having a wedding cake (my mother-in-law). However, many of our past brides said they needn't have bothered because hardly anyone ate the ruddy thing, and if they did it was consumed at midnight in the absence of a chicken kebab. If you, your fiancé or a close relative cannot fathom an event without sponge and icing then there are at least cheaper options out there nowadays. M&S for example, or asking said mother-in-law to make it.*
*This comes with a heightened stress level warning.
5. Unwanted Guests
This is a whole separate issue and one worthy of its own post, but for now just consider that while some costs are one-off (the dress, the photographer) and not linked to your guest list, others will escalate as your numbers climb. The message from past brides is... if you’ve got a few questionable people on the list that you can get away with not inviting (bearing in mind family politics) then ditch ‘em.