Never considered the cost of a buttonhole? Couldn't care less about marquee linings?
After the excitement of your engagement, discussing the budget for your wedding may feel like bursting the bubble of romance, but money doesn't have to be a tense subject, as long as open discussions happen early on.
Traditionally, it was down to the bride's father to pay for the wedding, but this is no longer expected, and parents on both sides may be keen to help out, or the couple may prefer to pay for the whole day themselves.
If parents are hosting or paying for the wedding, they may expect to have some input into the day, as well as invitations allocated for their own friends. It may be worth having an open conversation to manage expectations before accepting generous offers from parents.
Those involved in planning the wedding are also likely to have different ideas about spending priorities. This is an area where the generation gap often shows, so exercising a little understanding and patience is advisable. Involve as few people as possible and consider your own priorities. Use our guide below to help you plan for all the elements of your wedding day.
Wedding costs checklist:
Debrett's Bride's Experience provides expert advice on planning a wedding from start to finish, including budgeting and managing family expectations.
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