Budgeting for your Elopement


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After completing the interview post on Carly over at Epic Elopement I was asked to create a post for her readers on how to create a wedding budget tailored to those who wish to elope.

It was a bit of a challenge creating the post, and took me some time, writing and then rewriting to try and get it right. I focus so often on the ‘conventional wedding’ structure that it took me a little while to focus on what makes an elopement an elopement.

Here is a sneaky little snippet…

[…] Working out your budget may seem like the most boring part of wedding planning, especially when you’ve just had all the excitement of getting engaged! The temptation is to start looking at venues, searching dresses and creating lots of Pinterest boards full of fabulous ideas. But if you don’t create your budget before starting any proper planning you could find yourself in a world of bother.

So how do you go about creating a budget?

When announcing your engagement you may find your parents say they want to pay for your dress or give you a sum of money towards the day, but this presents a problem when you don’t necessarily want to involve them in your elopement. Any promises of contributions from friends or relatives are always gratefully accepted, but you do need to find out how much they are planning to contribute and if they are still contributing when they are not invited! This conversation can be difficult for many, but if you don’t know you could over-estimate the figure and end up not having enough money to pay for things you’ve booked.

How much can you sensibly save every month? When is your ideal date to get married? 

My husband and I knew we didn’t want our engagement to be any longer than two years, and I knew straight away I wanted to get married in autumn. This put our “date” as autumn 2016. Between us, we resolved to save £500 a month which did mean we had to cut back on certain things, but it didn’t mean we couldn’t treat ourselves occasionally. Remember to take out months you’ll be unable to save from your calculations, such as […]

To read the rest of the post on the Epic Elopement Blog click here.

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