A wedding planners wedding: Jenny Wren talks budget setting

Today we welcome wedding planner turned bride-to-be Jenny Wren back to the blog, with the second in her series of guest posts sharing her own wedding planning journey…

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First things first

After finally peeling my eyes away from the sparkle on my finger, it was time to let the planning commence. I absolutely love to plan, so naturally could not wait to get stuck in!

My first instinct, like many brides, was to jump on Pinterest, trawl through my dream dresses, swoon over flower arrangements and ponder over what styling I envisage for the day. I did get pin happy for the first few hours at my desk on the Monday morning (I am only human!) but quickly put into practice what I preach so often to my own brides; to deal with the big B word before anything else…the Budget.

In my view the very first thing couples should do before they even pick up a wedding magazine or add Pinterest to their favourites bar (oops) is to work out what budget they have for their day. No decisions can be made until you know how much money you have to work with.

Damian and I sat down with a large glass of red and had a serious think about what our limit would be, what we wanted to spend on the day and what we could realistically save. We also spoke to family members about what they may contribute.   A bit of an awkward conversation to bring up but we knew this was important to do before we begin so we can then make plans that are realistic, within our budget and don’t get carried away.

Once we had added any contributions from family to our own money for the wedding I allocated it to all of the elements (venue, dress, flowers etc) in our budget planner. Damian is a whizz on excel so I already had a very nifty budget template that I use for my own clients, complete with estimated cost and actual cost columns, making it easy to keep track of everything spent.

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As sad as it sounds the budget planner gives me a real sense of satisfaction as I enjoy watching the numbers change as I add things in or take them away and it is so satisfying when things come in under budget! After all areas were covered, I left 10% for contingency to give room for changes and our budget was done.

Now we had a budget to work to I felt relieved and focused.

Next step was to get my planning timeline together to give my whirlwind of ideas some structure.  I broke the planning down and gave myself dates of when to have things done by. These milestones would give me a sense of achievement and I knew I would not feel overwhelmed about how much there was to do.

Now I have clear vision of where we are at, what else is to be done and when we plan to do it.

Easy peasy right?!

I have definitely earned some more Pinterest hours 😉

how to budget for your wedding planning - a guest post by Jenny Wren Cornwall wedding planner

{Image credit: Simon Burt Photography}

 

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Jenny Wren runs Jenny Wren Weddings & Events

Jenny got engaged recently and is sharing her wedding planning journey with us.

If you missed her first post, read it here!

divider line for cornwall and devon wedding blog - inspiration for couples getting married in cornwall or getting married in devon

 

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