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How should you budget for your wedding

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The average cost of a wedding has risen in recent years for a number of reasons.

Yet couples trying to figure out how to budget for such an event that is meant to be once in a lifetime all to commonly underestimate and blow out their costs.

From the outset, you need to know what you are working with, so essentially you need to have those awkward conversations with your spouse and family to see exactly who will kick in for what.

Some families are traditional where the brides family pay for the whole affair, yet it’s more common for both sides of the couple to come together to pay for certain elements of the day.

The Venue and Catering (50% of your Budget)

The biggest expense without a doubt will be the reception and the overall price can depend on different packages you have included.

You should expect to set aside at least 50% of your total budget for the locations and food covering both the ceremony and the reception.

Limiting your guest list can help with lowering costs and therefore being able to afford pricier food and bar options including your cake.

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Rentals, Decor and Flowers (10% of your budget)

It’s becoming more common for couples to create their own decor or centrepieces to match the style their wedding including buying and decorating mason jars and candles. However, if the furniture, chairs and seating doesn’t match you may need to hire, which can add a bit to the bottom line – especially if you want that lovely decorated arch or large letters spelling


Photography and Video (10% of your budget)

Photography and Video are the only lasting elements that you will have after your big day.

Also, not only is it for you but your children and your children’s children will one day look at these. when it comes to capturing a wedding you undoubtedly get what you pay for. where you might be able to save costs is by requesting digital copies instead of prints and getting photo’s printed yourself or producing your own album. There are many websites that offer tools to do this and print them as well.

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Wedding Attire and Beauty (10% of your budget)

The Dress is usually one of the most important details of the day and like the suit, hair and make-up they all need to be budgeted for to get an accurate idea of the overall cost of the wedding.

Entertainment (between 5%)

This is for all your musical needs, from the DJ, Live Band, and also any ceremony music you might want as well as during cocktail hour. The costs of hiring musicians can vary greatly and this is where costs can blow out a little. But if you want that acoustic duo as your walking down the aisle you might have to cut somewhere else.

Invitations: (5% of budget)

Printing can be expensive, add the cost of hiring a designer to design your invitations and stamps. This can be easily overlooked as an expense.

An emergency Fund (10 % of budget)

In planning your wedding, no doubt as most couples do. There will be a cost that was forgotten about or not realised. Items such as vendor meals, late shuttle buses etc get forgotten about. An inevitably something will not go completely as planned and it’s always better to have a back-up fund to deal with it.

The added bonus is that whatever, is still in the fund by the end of the wedding can go towards your honeymoon or other goal like a deposit on a house.

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Why we meet with all our couples before booking..

The simple answer is “every wedding is different”.

The number one reason why i want to meet with any client before booking a wedding is that over the last 10 years of capturing weddings I have not shot two wedding that were exactly the same. Even working the same venue, gone to the same locations, no two weddings have ever been the same.

Just as no two couples are the same.

You see every couple have a unique perspective of how they want to celebrate their day. They also have very unique stories and personalities that I want to consider when capturing the wedding.

If the bride is wearing a one hundred year old heirloom that’s been passed down from generation to generation, i’m going make sure that i capture that the best way i know how.

If the groom has planned to release doves on the day, I want to know when and where, so

that i’m in exactly the right position with the right camera to capture that.

You see when i work for a wedding couple in capturing their wedding, it’s more than just a job for me it’s a huge honour. I am heavily invested in capturing the wedding in the best way i know possible.

Not only to get great fantastic shots, but to also help make the act of having your picture taken a little fun and easy.

Capturing weddings to me is more than just taking great photo’s, although that is a prerequisite. It is working well with others and making it fun all at the same time.

A big part of that is building a rapport with you from the very first meeting, hearing the story of how you first met, or the anxiousness you felt when you were about to propose, questioning whether they would say yes, despite the fact you were hundred percent sure they would.

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I also get excited at hearing how your planning your unique wedding day and what new and interesting things you are planning to express your love to one another. whether it’s a special dance or a traditional ceremony. I love hearing about it and imagining what way can i capture this to best highlight it.

To me it’s also very important that you feel 100 percent comfortable and confident in us as well. In the end if you walk away with great photo’s yet still have a knot in your stomach from working with us. Then we have only half succeeded.

So if you want to book a meeting with us please contact us and we’ll be in touch with some dates that we can meet.

As with all our meetings with potential clients they are always absolutely obligation free.

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