Charles and Diana’s wedding day is rumoured to have cost in excess of £30million, whilst Kate and Wills matrimony will no doubt surpass the overdraft limits of most father of the bride bank accounts – royal weddings may be an extreme example of the wedding cost scenario, but the average event still costs £21,000.
Here’s our guide to planning your own right royal wedding, without blowing the budget.
A marriage certificate costs just £3.50, whilst the hire of a registry office or church ranges from £100-£300 – putting the basic costs of a wedding at a meagre £303.50… which means the remaining £20,696.50 is the cost of putting our own stamp on the day. Baseline costs are a good way to set a benchmark from which to work against – a top budget should be set, plus a contingency fund that can accommodate any surprise costs.
If you’re looking to plan finance for a wedding shop about, look for competitive loan deals, 0% balance transfers on credit cards, exploring how you might save on your mortgage and also free up funds for the big day.
Dressage and Accessories
Speculation is still rife with regards to Kate Middleton’s choice of bridal gown, with many spectators placing their bets on a modest turnout, which would be a world away from Princess Diana’s dress that boasted 10,000 embroidered pearls and sequins, and a 25 foot train. Regardless of budget the dress, ring, accessories and flowers should all make a bride and groom feel a million dollars – though it doesn’t have to cost that much. Going vintage on both the dress and accessories can save a bomb and the flowers could be the perfect gift from a green fingered relative or friend.
Ceremony and Reception Venues
Unlike Wills and Kate, the average wedding party doesn’t get the chance to hold their ceremony and reception at stately institutions such as Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace – but with the wedding venue business having branched out in recent years, there are all manner of stately homes, beach bars and formal gardens in which to tie the knot. The key to bagging a bargain on venue hire is holding your cards close to your chest – as with anything else ‘wedding’ related, venues will often slap a hefty ‘surcharge’ on the price as soon as you mutter the ‘W’ word.
If the rumours are correct, Kate and Wills have got the right idea planning their honeymoon on the Isles of Scilly – whilst many newly weds will blow additional budget on an exotic holiday of a lifetime, staying close to home is a good way of stretching the pennies, especially whilst the exchange rate is poor. If a palm fringed beach is absolutely essential, look around for a real bargain, book at the very last minute or ask your family and friends to contribute towards the cost by way of a wedding present.