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Do not let the budget run away on you!


I have had some great feed back on setting the budget from two brides who tied the knot earlier this year in very different ways.

The first Couple married at their family bach doing a lot of the preparation themselves. Whilst the second couple used two different venues, so the values vary accordingly, but the one constant remains. Do not let the budget run away on you. So here are their hot tips and Best Advise, on The Budget.

Charlotte and Chris Married and reception at the family bach


Best Advice:

What is your Best Budget Advice?

Track every cent from the beginning to get an accurate overall cost. Make a spreadsheet and keep account of it. It ensures you know what your expectations are.

What was the deciding factor in setting your budget.?

Deciding number of guests and location helped with this but primarily what we had to spend dictated this.

What was by far the biggest expense?

Catering.

What did you decide was the best value for money?

Using a family home to get married it was free....

What were you prepared to spend the most money on? OR, where did you place the value?

Value was placed on the overall experience, so including personal touches that weren't expensive but made people feel special and the overall day different to other weddings.

What did you save money on by doing it yourself?

Entrees and dessert table, although you have to have a lot of hands on deck to help with this and in the end it only saved us a little bit.

Kate and Liam Married at Paripuma - Reception at Allan Scott Winery


Best Advice:

What is your Best Budget Advice?

I definitely think it is important to sit down together as a couple before you start the wedding planning process that way you are both on the same page when it comes to how much you both want to spend.

What was the deciding factor in setting your budget?

The main factor for us was doing our research into what vendors we really wanted and from there we set the budget accordingly.

What was by far the biggest expense?

The biggest expense for us was probably our reception venue, at Allan Scott Winery. Kylie Cornelius is the wedding co-ordinator there and she was so lovely and helpful organising everything we needed all we had to do was turn up ! It was well worth the extra expense as it was hassle free for us.

What was the best value for money?

Best value for money was easily our photographers (Jessica Jones Photography) and our videographer Josh Hutchinson from Choice as media. The video and photographic memories they created for us is just priceless!

What were you prepared to spend the most money on? OR, where did you place the value?

It was our wedding/ reception venue - Paripuma and Allan Scott Winery, followed closely by our photographers. Seriously Jess and Paul are just amazing!!

What did you save money on by doing it yourself?

I am a very uncreative to person and I really wish I was one of those incredible people that can whip up their own wedding stationary etc but sadly I’m not. So I did hardly anything myself.Once again we were so lucky to have incredible vendors here in Marlborough such as Leanne from Vanilla Hayes who created our beautiful invitations and stationary.

Happy planning!!!


Arohauni

Christina at everydaylifecelebrant

www.weddingandfuneralcelebrant.co.nz

#weddingtips #weddingplanning #weddingbudget #weddingsinnewzealand

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