I’ve been asked this a few times (and not just on the podcast!) and there are so many things I want to tell people. I have tried my best to narrow it down to just one peice of advice though.
I think the single best thing you can do is set a budget and cater to that budget.
If you have £10,000 to spend on a wedding then make sure you are aware of the restricitions that budget creates. That’s not saying it can’t be done on that budget but you need to be aware what the budget gets you.
You cannot expect to have 120 + people at your wedding if your budget is £10,000. That will probably get you the food sorted and maybe the venue. That’s it.
So, you have to say that you’ll be working to a smaller guest list. That’s great though because you get to invite people that really matter to you rather than just trying to fill out the wedding venue!
The one thing I think you really need to think about is how you’re going to feed everyone on your budget. I would consider it unreasonable to expect people at your wedding to survive on a hog roast all day just because it saves you a couple of pounds!
I don’t mean to drag on about this point but most people will remember the food and the entertainment so when you’re setting your guest list you have to consider how you are going to feed those people will enough food to keep them going.
If you don’t have any kind of budget in place then the whole thing can quickly escalate out of proportion and you’ll be left with 400 people on the guest list!
So, that’s my number one tip for your wedding planning. Make sure you have a budget in place that is going to keep both you and your guests happy. There is no right or wrong number for this, just don’t go into debt for it. It’s not worth it!
Until next week,