One of the things I get asked about most by Brides to be is how to create a wedding budget that works. Planning your wedding is SO much fun and it’s a great idea to have a grip on the finances from the outset, so that you don’t have any niggling money worries in the back of your mind whilst you’re cracking on with your preparations.
I have covered a lot about how to set a wedding budget in my Wedding Planning E-Course that you can enrol on here, but I think that it’s a brilliant idea to have a Wedding Budget Spreadsheet right from the start of your wedding planning, so that you can keep full tabs on the money that you have set aside and what is being spent as you spend it. It can be so easy to just pop into town on your lunch break and come back with three pairs of Bridesmaid shoes that you saw on offer, that somehow don’t get included in your overall budget – it’s easy to see where the money can disappear to!
I have created a Wedding Budget Spreadsheet especially for UK brides to be looking to get organised and on top of everything in the run up to their wedding.
This Wedding Budget Spreadsheet will help you to:
♥ Work out your total budget and figure out priorities on where you want to spend it
♥ Help you to stay in total control of your money from engagement through to honeymoon
♥ Keep track of your wedding guests, RSVPs and special requirements
♥ Sort your table plan for your wedding breakfast
♥ Organise your hen do
♥ Work out your timeline in the run up to the day as well as helping you sort out what you want to happen and when on the big day itself
With over ten years of event planning experience under my belt – as well as having my own wedding to plan! – I know exactly how to help you sort out your wedding budget. And best of all? You can get the Wedding Budget Spreadsheet now for just £4.50 saving yourself bags of hassle and research time! Just click here to buy, and your spreadsheet will be emailed straight out to you, ready to use.
Happy Budgeting, Brides to be!
Image courtesy of Danielle Mobbs Photography
I thought it would be a great time to re-visit this ever popular topic! If you have decided to hand over the planning reigns to your Bridesmaids, send them a link of this page for some handy and fun budget hen do ideas!
You can have a look at some other fun Budget Hen Do Ideas on a previous post that I wrote here. And I have dedicated a whole session to this topic in our 30 Day Wedding Planning E-Course - if you haven't got your course yet, you can enrol here!
♥ Go cheesy and fun: I have put this at the top of my list for a good reason! Cheesy and fun hen dos and very accessible, fun for pretty much anybody that you invite and almost always one of the cheapest hen do ideas around. I went to the hen do of one of my good friends in London last year and I was very happily surprised to learn about the very reasonable dress up theme (her husband is French, so we dressed up in stripy tops and wore strings of garlic around our necks!) and we went to see The Dream Boys in London on a very accessible price per head which included a buffet dinner and cocktail, entrance to the show, and entry to a nightclub for dancing afterwards. It was a great fun night for all involved and there were no budget worries as the price was so reasonable.
Have a look at Hen Heaven for fun ideas in a city near you!
♥ Calm and sophisticated: If a calm, relaxed weekend with your girlies is more your cup of tea, have a look into reasonably priced spa options that will be suitable for everyone from your Mum to your best mates. Lots of spas and hotels now offer great value mini spa breaks, where you can utilise their pool and facilities along with one or two treatments. If based at a hotel, you can often get residential options at great rates which can include your overnight stay and different levels of catering. I recently visited Whittlebury Hall with my sister for a twilight spa which was amazing value at £35 each and included a healthy dinner and drink, and full use of the spa and leisure facilities for the evening. There is also a great package where you can stay overnight with a three course dinner, breakfast and lunch, as well as a 25 minute treatment and full use of the spa and hotel facilities from £99 per person.
♥ Outdoorsy: If you and your friends are more outdoorsy people, it can be a great idea to find a cheap way of having some fun outside that isn’t going to break the bank. Organise a group bike ride with a good pub stop en route or organise a rambling day in the country with a brilliant destination restaurant or pub in mind where you can relax at the end of the day.
♥ Energetic: If you want to keep you and your hens super busy with an action packed hen do on the cheap, look for activity days or weekends where you can really put each other through your paces! Sign up for a challenge day such as Wolf Run which you can enter from around £40 per person or look into organised activity days including options like white water rafting or archery – there are loads of great options here.
♥ Girly, with plenty of time for bonding: Do you love taking it easy with your besties, with lots of time for chatting and relaxing? Consider booking some activities which are reasonably priced and won’t make you feel rushed. I absolutely loved my hen do trip to Home Made in London for a perfume making course which lasted a leisurely few hours and included a lovely afternoon tea and my own bottle of perfume to take home with me for £39 per person.
There are loads of other options for girly hen dos such as wine tasting, punting and cupcake making classes. And there is always the option of running your own craft class at one of your hens houses to really keep the costs down!
What’s on your hen do wish list? Join the conversation over on our Facebook page!
Happy hen do planning!
I was so pleased to see this beautiful wedding pop into my inbox! As we’re in the middle of what feels like the longest heat wave the UK has ever seen, it seems like a lovely time to celebrate the good weather with this beautiful festival styled wedding. All photos captured by the lovely Emma at Pacific Curd Photography.
Aaron and Leigh were married on the 21st June at the Withiam Friary Church, followed by their amazing festival reception in a big field in Hisomley.
The couple first met at college but didn’t start dating until they bumped into each other on a night out in the city of Bath. Aaron and Leigh celebrated their amazing wedding with a huge red marquee and a pig roast for all of their guests.
Having originally set a budget of £1,000 for their festival style wedding, Aaron and Leigh ended up spending a total of around £6,500 so that they could encompass all of the festival details that they wanted. And they celebrated their honeymoon after the wedding at Glastonbury Festival! Perfect 🙂
I absolutely love Leigh’s choice of accessories – the hippy arm and brow bands look perfect teamed with her lovely tumbling hair style and the sparkle keeps her whole look very modern.
I’m so pleased that the sun had it’s hat on for this beautiful festival style wedding!
All photos care of Pacific Curd Photography. Photography packages start from £600. You can contact Emma via her website here for wedding enquiries: http://www.pacificcurdphotography.co.uk/
Morning all! I hope that you are enjoying the glorious weather and that any wedding planning you are working on is being done outside wherever possible!
I have something lovely to unveil for you today, something which I have been working on for a while and should help a lot of you with the questions and dilemmas that I know you can face whilst planning your wedding…
I have created our first ever Budget Bride Company e-course and it has been made especially with you in mind! This is a 30 day learning course that is emailed to you in 30 bite size chunks over 30 days and will guide you through every area to help you plan your own wedding.
From how to set your budget, through to dealing with tricky in-laws, this course covers it all and will take the stress right out of your planning.
And the best bit? This 30 day course is yours for £9.50! Simply buy your course here, and your first session will be emailed straight to your inbox. I recommend buying a lovely folder that you can print the sessions out into to save and work through as they arrive with you each day, to help you stay super organised and top of your planning.
Here’s a little glimpse of the topics that will be covered in your Plan Your Own Wedding 30 day course :
♥ Getting started with your wedding planning
♥ Setting your budget
♥ Setting your timeline
♥ Working on emotional and financial priorities
♥ Researching and finding your perfect venue
♥ Deciding on a colour pallet and / or theme for your wedding
♥ Deciding on your guest list
♥ Assigning tasks
♥ Gift lists and how to ask for money as a gift
♥ Table planning
♥ The cake
♥ Booking your key wedding suppliers
♥ Dealing with awkward relatives
♥ The legal requirements
♥ Wedding Etiquette
♥ The Dress
♥ Underwear and accessories
♥ Hair and make-up
♥ Key roles within your wedding party
♥ The Hen Do and Stag Do
♥ The Honeymoon
♥ Running order on the day
♥ Traditions you may or may not want to follow
♥ Keeping your energy up on the day
♥ Happily Ever After – wise words
It’s a comprehensive course and each day includes a top wedding planning tip as well as an action point for you to carry out. The aim of the Plan Your Own Wedding 30 day course is to help you achieve a beautiful wedding and to enjoy every minute of your planning time!
I have based the course on questions that I am asked by brides to be all the time, and I have used my 12 years of wedding planning and event management experience to give you the guidance and inspiration that you need. As a bride to be on a budget myself, I know exactly where to focus your energy and time and this course will show you how to make planning your wedding a breeze!
I can’t wait to help you plan your own wedding – you can started with your course today for £9.50, just head over to the e-course page and as soon as you have paid by PayPal, your first session will be sent out to you!
Happy Wedding Planning!
This is a gorgeous men’s fragrance that would be just perfect for the wedding day and wearing throughout the Summer season.
Here’s the posh official fragrance description!
“ETERNITY summer for men captures a peaceful and alluring day at the beach. The fragrance opens with an effervescent burst of juniper berry, adding a boost of energy to juicy pear, fresh basil and watermelon. The crisp aromatics of cardamom, lavender and thyme infuse a sense of masculinity and coolness into the heart, while modern amber, sandalwood and solar musks lend a luminous warmth and sensual, summertime feel.”
If you would like to be in with a chance to win this bottle of Eternity Summer for Men fragrance, simply leave a comment at the end of this blog post and let us know:
“What is it about your Beau that makes you want to be with them for Eternity?”
Let us know in the comments box below and the winner will be drawn next week on Tuesday 15th July. Good luck!
Weddings can be expensive, so for you budget savvy couples out there finding good quality wedding suppliers that don’t charge the earth, is key.
First stop is the diamond engagement ring - the icing on the cake of many a romantic proposal – and the item everyone wants to see once you have made the big announcement!
Rather than heading to the high street, there are lots of good offers to be had online for those looking for a diamond engagement ring.
Bigger Diamonds 4 Less is an online diamond jewellery specialist that offers some of the lowest priced diamonds around.
Whilst the diamond rings they sell are some of the cheapest around, the quality of their products and the service they provide is far from budget.
Bigger Diamonds 4 Less offer all customers a 14 day ‘no quibble’ money back guarantee, independently certified diamonds, free re-sizing and free insured delivery. And on top of this, all of their diamonds are hand selected so quality is guaranteed and all diamonds are sourced through ethical suppliers.
Solitaire 18ct White Gold 1ct Diamond Engagement Ring
Genuine price comparison July 2013
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Check them out online to view their latest deals or for general information on choosing the perfect diamond.
At the moment you can also enter their competition to win a pair of diamond earrings worth over £1,000.
Fill in the entry form online by 30 November and a winner will be drawn on 10th December – just in time for Christmas. Good luck!
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To save the date or not to save the date?! I have just come across this handy info graphic that I thought I would share with you today. The tradition of sending out save the date cards is a relatively new one in the UK, but I think it's a great way to ensure as many of your favourite people will be able to attend your wedding as possible!
If your stationery budget is tight, why not consider having a copy designed that you are able to email out to save on print and postage?
Will you be sending out save the date cards for your wedding? Join the conversation on our Facebook page!
If like me, you’re beginning to get a little bit restless with the constant ‘football everywhere you look’ thing, how about treating yourself to a little bit of light shopping relief?! John Lewis have a fashion and furniture sale on now, so it’s a perfect time to stock up on occasional wear for other people’s weddings, some lovely furniture for your home or perhaps even your own going away outfit for the day after the wedding.
There are some fantastic offers on quality fashion and gorgeous home wares – have a look at these top picks below, all with up to 50% off!
Women’s Fashion Offers - John Lewis Fashion and Furniture Sale
Was £125, now £75. I love this for a striking look as a wedding guest.
Was £160, now £95. Would make a striking and feminine look for your bridesmaids.
Was £199, now £159. This would look beautiful teamed with a blue fascinator – one for the Mother of the Bride perhaps?
Women's Shoes Offers - John Lewis Fashion and Furniture Sale
Whistles Cassini Court Shoes
Were £135, now £80. I think these would look amazing under a white dress for a little pop of colour on your wedding day look 😉
Dune Jasyz Leather Flat Sandals
Were £49, now £29. These will be perfect for your going away outfit look, casual but smart you will feel comfortable on your journey and get to show off your manicured toes too.
Handbags Offers - John Lewis Fashion and Furniture Sale
Fiorelli Perry Shoulder Handbag
Was £45, now £31.50. Pair with those pink whistles court shoes above for a lovely look on your honeymoon.
Home Ware - John Lewis Fashion and Furniture Sale
John Lewis Farringdon Medium Sofa, Oslo Silver
Special Buy at £799. This is so smart – perfect for your home together as a newly married couple.
Special Buy at £450. Well, you’re going to be getting the use out of it (wink, wink!), so why not invest in a super quality matress for your bed?
John Lewis Claremont 6-8 Seater Extending Dining Table
Was £799, now £499. Who knows, once you’re married you might like to ‘do Christmas’ at your place! This sophisticated dining table will be just the thing to accommodate your guests.
Was £599 Now £299.50. This double white bedstead looks just dreamy! Pair with the mattress above for an investment buy that will last you for years.
If you have been waiting in vain for months or years for your partner to propose to you, then it may well be time to do something about it, and whether you choose to take the very modern initiative of proposing yourself or choose to gently coax your beau into popping the question, simply letting them know that you might be ready for them to put a ring on it may well be enough to ensure that wedding bells are chiming before you know it.
So, if you want to keep things traditional and you long for your other half to propose, what is the best way to get them down on bended knee?
Talk it through
One of the easiest ways to get your beau to propose is to simply let them know you would be ready for it. They may never have even thought about it or may have been holding back simply because they were scared that you may say no, so by actually talking it through, you may spur them into action. It is wise not to be too forceful and instead simply let them know it is something that appeals to you - after all, if your other half is ‘not there yet’, you don’t want to risk them running a mile.
Don’t push your other half
If your partner is not ready for marriage, do not push them into it or give them an ultimatum. It will almost always backfire and, furthermore, do you really want to get married if they don’t want to? Such misgivings will mar your big day, so if waiting a little while will ensure they are fully committed to the venture and totally at ease, it will make your entire wedding far more enjoyable for all parties. If your beau isn’t ready, it doesn’t mean they don’t love you - they may just not be in the right place in their life.
You don’t have to go all out and tell your partner you would like them to propose if you would rather the impetus came from them. Start casually mentioning marriage or start looking at diamond rings online and saying how much you would love such a ring. By choosing to look on sites such as Marlows that specialise in wedding and engagement rings, you may be able to say everything you want to without saying anything at all - and without piling the pressure on.
Be the person they want to marry
Whilst you won’t want to change yourself just to get your other half to propose, being the best version of you will help them to see what you have as a couple and ensure they really want to keep it. Spend quality time together and talk about the future so that they know that you want them to be there, and to ensure your beau wants to be there too. Look after them and care for them in a way that shows them you are the perfect match together.
Spend time with married couples
Spending time with married couples will help your other half to see all the benefits of married life. By spending time with other couples, they may also see that tying the knot doesn’t mean they will have to say goodbye to a social life, and this may well put them far more at ease and make the idea of marriage more appealing.
Meet the family
Spending more time with each other’s relatives will help you each feel like part of the family and will in turn make the process of getting married seem like less of a leap. Your beau will already feel as though the two of you are part of something bigger than yourselves and this will in turn make marriage seem like an obvious next step.
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