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Budget for your wedding day

The first thing to do before you start planning your dream day is to agree on a budget for your wedding day.

Sit down with your partner and parents if they are contributing financially.

Agree with your partner the type of wedding that you both want as this will impact the amount to be spent.

Budget for your wedding day

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You should have an overall amount in mind which can then be broken down for specific items: venue, dress, photography, transport etc.

Ideally, start with the most important items and move down to the added extras that you may be able to live without.

Most couples can go over budget by up to 20 or 30% because they didn’t allow for hidden extras like dress alterations or postage for invites.

Read More: Hidden Wedding Costs

Below is a list of the average costs for a wedding in Northern Ireland:

Wedding/Reception Venue: £500-£2000 (Read More: Choosing a Reception Venue)
Catering: £3000-£5000
Photography: £600-£1800 (Read More: Choosing a Wedding Photographer)
Flowers: £500-£750 (Read More: Your Wedding Flowers)
Cake: £200-£300 (Read More: Your Wedding Cake)
Transport: £300-£450 (Read More: Arrive in Style)
Entertainment: £500-£1100
Dress: £750-£1500
Shoes: £90-£150
Stationery: £100-£250 (Read More: Wedding Invitations)
Headdress/veil: £100-£180
Attendants’ outfits: £400-£500
Groom’s outfit: £250-£400
Beauty: £200-£300 (Read More: Choosing your Makeup Artist)
Engagement Ring: £1000-£3000
Wedding rings: £400-£900
Honeymoon: £3000-£5000 (Read More: Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations)
Gifts for attendants: £200-£300
 

Budget for your wedding day

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These figures can be a great guide but it is really up to you how much you want to spend.

Many people spend a lot less (and plenty more) on their wedding, but be careful – the last thing you want is to start married life in debt!

Find Out More: My Wedding Photography Prices

Paul Crawford

Wedding Photographer Paul Crawford

Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.

He has been a full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have been asked to photograph well over 1300 weddings since then.

He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Workshops and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.

Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland

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