The things to think about when it comes to paying for your wedding
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The things to think about when it comes to paying for your wedding

Your wedding day is one of the most expensive things that you are ever going to pay for.

In fact, the average cost of a wedding day is now somewhere in the region of £21,000.

Which means that you are going to need to think about the best ways that you can pay for your big day.

So, if you are asking how you are going to pay for your wedding then take a look at some of the best approaches that you can take for when it comes to paying for your wedding.

Remember modern times mean it is down to you as a couple

Traditionally the parents of the bride would be the ones who would foot the bill of the wedding.

However, times have changed.

Whilst this is good news for the father and mother of the bride, this isn’t such great news for the couple getting married.

However, it is possible to afford everything that comes with getting married without having to rely on your parents to pay for it all.

Always budget first

The first place that you should start is by budgeting for your wedding day.

Think about the big things that you will need to pay out for, such as your venue, your florist, your photographer and the wedding dress.

Once you have at least an estimation in mind for these bigger cost items, then you can move on to the rest of your budget and the smaller things that you need to pay out for.

It is a good idea to try and have a spreadsheet to put all these costs together and keep track of what you have paid out and how much you still have to pay out too.

Leave some breathing room

There are always some costs which you may forget about when it comes to your wedding day.

So, it is makes sense to try and leave some wiggle room in your budget for those smaller details that you may not have thought about.

Else you may find that when the time comes then you won’t be able to afford it.

Work out how much you will need to save each month

Once you have a budget in mind you can then think about how you are going to save for your wedding day.

A great approach is to think about your date (or when you hope to get married if this isn’t set) and work out how many months this leaves you to save.

Divide the amount you need over the number of months and this should give you an achievable plan to pay off the wedding.

Accept any financial help

Whilst it isn’t down to your family to pay for your wedding in modern times.

That doesn’t mean that they are not going to be willing to at least contribute towards your wedding day.

If someone says they would like to help with the costs, then don’t be proud, accept it.

It may only be a small amount, or perhaps something physical such as your cake or your guestbook.

But having this help is going to really make the difference to your budget.

Whilst weddings can be expensive, that doesn’t mean that they are not possible to budget for.

Think carefully about what is important to you and what you are happy to pay out for and then get to work on saving as best that you can for your wedding day.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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