Yes...that horrid word....Budget!!
In the perfect world this word would not exist, but unfortunately the reality is that most of us have to work with a budget.
And let me tell you something else...as important as your wedding day is it is not worth getting yourself into debt.
Your wedding day is about you and your partner celebrating the beginning of your new life together with your friends and family....not about how extravagant your wedding can be!!
So, whether your budget is R 10 000 or R 100 000 if you have the people who really care about you around you the day will be perfect!
Our top 7 top tips on how to work with a tight budget:
1. Do Research
Do research on the different costs.
You can have a look at the suppliers on the site to get a good idea of the price range of the different aspects.
Once you have a good idea on this...it will be easier to divide your budget up.
2. Be Realistic
When working out your budget you need to be realistic about what you can afford.
Be honest with yourself - yes...we all want the fairy tale wedding but you need to take your financial situation into account and work with a budget you know you can afford.
You are already on a tight budget...you don’t want to go and create more debt for yourself.
3. Use a Checklist
Set up a checklist to monitor everything.
To save time you can download our Expenses Checklist. It allows you can allocate your budget to all the different aspect involved.
Helping you break down all the costs, so you can clearly see what is going where. It will also help you keep track of the invoices as well as payments made vs. outstanding payments.
4. Be Precise
With being on tight budget you will want to make every little bit you have stretch as far as possible...so when filling in your checklist be as precise with the amounts as you can.
There are a lot of aspect to a wedding and if you are not precise with the amounts you allocate it can make a huge difference to the total - which can make you think your budget is up...when in fact you may have some money to spare.
Sit down as a couple to discuss exactly what it is each of you want and which areas you are willing to compromise on and which areas you are not.
Once this is clear it will be easier for you to allocate your budget.
6. Stick to It
Once you have decided on a budget and filled in your checklist, you need to stick to it as closely as you can. This is to make sure you don’t end up spending extra money on the wedding that you did not budget for.
You may need to adjust the list as required but if you increase certain amounts be sure to lower others so your total stays the same.
7. Use our Budget Search to find suppliers who fit into your budget.
Our Budget Search service is specifically designed to save you time and effort by helping you find suppliers that fit into your budget.