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5 Ways To Finance Your Dream Wedding

Your wedding should always be the happiest day of your life, but it is no secret that they can be incredibly expensive with many costs to cover. In 2017, the average cost of a wedding in the UK rose to a staggering £27,161 which is up 10% from the previous year and the highest it has ever been.

This means that whether you are paying for the wedding yourself, contributing or you have offered to pay for your child’s wedding (an incredibly generous gesture), you may need to find a few ways to finance the day. It is important that it is a special event, so make sure that it lives up to expectation by properly financing it.

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Co-Funding

Instead of bearing the brunt completely, many couples are now pooling their resources together to raise funds for their special day. This can be a great way to share the cost of a very happy day for everyone, so consider opening discussions with family and those closest to you about co-funding the wedding – many couples are also now asking their guests for contributions instead of a gift, so that they can all enjoy the day together.

Loan

Another good option is to take out a personal loan as these can be used how you wish and are an effective way to quickly get a substantial amount. If you have bad credit, consider improving your credit score before making an application to increase the chances of getting approved and also getting better rates. As always, just be sure that you can afford the repayments.

Home Equity

When it comes to home equity, one of the many ways you could spend money released from your home, is to fund your wedding. This could be so that you can buy the dress of your dreams, pay for the venue or even fund your honeymoon. You can learn more about home equity with Sunlife, for example, to find out whether this is an option for you.

Crowdfunding

It is amazing just how generous people can be, and crowdfunding is a great example of this. Crowdfunding involves asking for contributions to just about anything on an online platform, and then people from all around the world can contribute. There are some huge platforms to choose from as well as wedding specific crowdfunding websites to try.

Boost Your Savings

Finally, you can fund a wedding by boosting the amount of money you have to spend on the big day. You can boost your savings by supplementing your income, cutting back on spending and selling possessions that you do not need. Additionally, there are always ways to cut back on the cost of a wedding which you may want to consider.

Your wedding day should be the happiest day of your life, and you do not want to have to worry about money. Weddings are also incredibly expensive, but the above are a few options that you have to fund the day, whether you are paying for it yourself, contributing or a generous individual who has offered to pay for a couple.

2018-07-03T19:05:10+00:00 July 3, 2018|Weddings|

Things You Can’t Forget When You’re Planning Your Wedding

We’ve been planning our wedding for just over a year now, and we’ve only got 10 months to do until we tie the knot! We’ve already got the venue, catering, decor, photographer and my dress and shoes sorted. We’ve got a bit of DIY to do but it shouldn’t take too long, (we’re even making our own rings with a goldsmith 💍💕).  When people ask me how wedding planning is going, I usually say “We’ve pretty much just got to sort the flowers”. Turns out, there’s a lot more we need to think about.

We’re going to be doing a bit of traveling later this year, so the aim is to get as much planning for the wedding done as we can. We’ll be back at Christmas (I’ll be arriving back in England the day before Christmas eve!), then we’ll be heading to Morocco for my hen shortly afterwards. Before we know it, it’s going to be my birthday in March and then we’re going to be getting hitched in April. If we get everything sorted now, then we can truly relax when it comes to spring next year.

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Here’s some things still left on my list to sort out for our wedding next year:

The honeymoon

You’re probably so caught up in planning your wedding, you’ve not booked anything for your honeymoon. Travel is so important to us, and we always said that we wanted to spend more money on an epic trip, than spending lots of money on one day. We’ve had so many idea, from visiting Everest through to backpacking around South East Asia. It’s so difficult to decide because there’s so many places we want to go.

One things for sure, it’ll be something once in a lifetime. But we’ve really go to get a wriggle on, because flights are getting more and more expensive by the day.

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When we booked my hen do in Marrakech, Morocco last month, I stayed up all night waiting for the flights to be released so I could get the cheapest tickets. They’ve now gone up £300 since I booked them (when you’re booking 13 return flight, it adds up!). So booking our honeymoon is right at the top of our to-do list.

We’re not restricted when we go because we don’t have to stick within half-term or the summer holidays, but we do want to go directly after we get married. We’ve been advised to have at least 1 day to recover from the wedding, and then to hit Gatwick airport!

Thank you gifts

You spend so much time worrying about if your hairs going to look okay on the day, if people are going to like the food, and hoping it’s not going to rain. Don’t forget to put some thought into what you’ll be buying for those who helped you plan your wedding. They’re probably stick of hearing about you and your wedding and they’re probably a few squid down shelling out for things like the hen/stag do.

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Traditionally, the bride and groom buy gifts for the maid of honour, the best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearer(s), mother of the bride and father of the bride. In modern times gifts have been extended to mother of the groom, father of the groom, ushers and wedding planners – this is completely up to you. Gift to anybody that you feel has really supported you plan your wedding.

You could just get a bouquet of flowers to say thank you, but if I’m honest, I feel like you can take this opportunity to give something so much more. Gifting something that your loved ones can keep, is a nice way for them to remember their day. Sacet offer lots of beautifully sparkly gifts that are perfect for bridesmaids, mothers and flower girls, which makes my life 100 times easier.

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Emergency bag

It’s the big day, and you probably think you’ve got everything sorted. You feel good and you look great! Remember, your wedding day is going to be long. Mascara will probably run, you might get a headache and those new shoes could end up running. These things could all end up negatively impacting your day.

The last thing you want to be doing is running around trying to find an ibuprofen or a plaster. Nip it in the bud with an emergency bag that you can keep in the bathroom or somewhere nearby.

Things You Can’t Forget When You’re Planning Your Wedding | UK Lifestyle Blog

Things you can include are products such as:

  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Floss
  • Pain killers
  • Perfume

We’re also preparing care packages for our guests, so that if they need deodorant or pain killers throughout the day, then they’ll have everything they need. Everybody feeling happy and comfortable is really important to us, and with a bit of forward planning it’s easy to do.

2018-06-04T16:25:22+00:00 June 3, 2018|Weddings|

Why You Should Get the Big Wedding Purchases Organised Early On

The majority of brides to be are guilty of exactly the same thing – they spend the early days of planning faffing about over minor details. They purchase personalised eye masks and slippers for the bridesmaids, invest in guest books, choose out name cards and placeholders or table decorations for the meal… the list goes on and on. But there’s generally one main reason that they focus their attention on these relatively trivial details – they are procrastinating.

The bigger purchases are a lot more daunting to deal with. Not only in regards to their cost but also in terms of their centrality to the whole event when it arrives. It’s much easier and much less pressure to choose what wines will be available with the meal than it is to commit to a dress, fork out for a cake, or settle on a venue. If this sounds familiar to you, don’t worry. We’re all guilty of it! But there are a few things that you can do to get the big purchases organised early on. Here are some to consider!

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Covering the Costs

Big purchases tend to come hand in hand with expensive price tags. Nowadays, the average dress costs £1,500. The average cake comes in at £500. The average venue will take £4,300 to secure.

So, it’s not all too surprising that we put them off. However, at the end of the day, these are all things you’re going to need to secure and pay for, so it’s a good idea to get to grips with your financial options early.

If you’re not lucky enough to have your parents making a healthy contribution to your wedding (we’re so blessed!), you’ll need to figure a way to fund your wedding.

  • Your first option is to make use of savings, and if you don’t have any, start putting something away!
  • If you haven’t got time for that, you come to option two: a wedding loan. Wedding loans cover the costs for you now and you can pay them back at a later date in instalments. Perfect!

Settling on a Theme

A theme is going to be central to your big day. Once you’ve got this sorted it makes it so much easier to get an idea of how much your big day is going to cost. The sooner you settle on a theme, the easier it is going to be to plan every other aspect of your event. Aesthetically, you want everything to be in line. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a mish mash of styles. Generally speaking, the most important theme of your wedding (other than love, of course) is going to be the colour scheme.

This can help you to make all sorts of decisions, from what colour the bridesmaids dresses should be to the decorative icing on your cake, what flowers will form your bouquet and other floral decorations, and even what colour sashes should lie on the back of guests’ chairs. Try to choose a colour that complements every aspect of the event, from the bride to the venue. This will ensure that everything appears flattering and melds perfectly together.


While big purchases may be daunting, they are something that you’re going to have to tackle and deal with at some point down the line. So you might as well get to grips with them sooner rather than later. This gives you more time to prepare!

2018-07-03T18:54:41+00:00 May 27, 2018|Weddings|
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