5 reasons to use Honeypot rather than a wishing well

In today’s world of couples living together before marriage, a wishing well is becoming an increasingly popular option for modern Kiwi couples. However, we think that there’s an even better option out there for couples wanting to keep their guests happy and still receive a practical gift straight into their bank account. Here are some reasons why you should consider Honeypot Registry if you’re thinking of asking for money:

1. Avoid the awkwardness of asking for cash

While it’s becoming more commonplace to ask for cash as a wedding gift, you will likely have some guests who still feel a bit uncomfortable (think your great aunt Doris!) With Honeypot, you can direct guests to your personalised registry, where they can choose any amount to contribute to their gift of choice, making it feel far more special than just bringing cash. Guests can also choose to keep the amount contributed anonymous – we’ll still let you know the other details so you can thank them afterwards!

2. Make it personal with specific items

Honeypot allows you to create a personalised list of gifts that you really want. You won’t be tied down to any store or travel agent – at the end of the day you’ll still receive the cash straight into your bank account. But your guests will be choosing what that cash goes towards, whether it’s accommodation in a traditional Fijian burre or a hiking trip in the Andes!

Time and time again, we get feedback from couples and guests about how they appreciate the personal touch of contributing to a specific item rather than just giving an envelope of cash. To read on about unique gift ideas in Honeypot, check out this blog.

3. Manage your budget with contributions every fortnight

If you’re planning to use a wishing well for your honeymoon, it can be tricky to budget and pay in advance when you have no idea how much you’ll receive. Especially when you’re trying to pay for your wedding at the same time! With Honeypot, you can check how much has been contributed at any time. Unlike other registries that pay out after your wedding, we also transfer your contributions every fortnight, so you don’t need to pay everything out of pocket.

4. Avoid the hassle of banking cash

When we asked couples about the biggest downside of wishing wells, their answer surprised us. Many mentioned the logistical difficulty of looking after and banking a large amount of cash after the wedding. This is something you don’t want to be worrying about – instead, you should be basking in post-marital bliss!

5. Make it easier for your overseas guests

Honeypotters often feedback to us how useful Honeypot was for their overseas guests. For those who can’t make it to New Zealand but would still like to send a gift, they can easily find your registry and contribute using their overseas credit card. For the guests who can make it, using Honeypot is still far easier than withdrawing and exchanging cash.

For these reasons and more, Honeypot Registry makes the giving experience exceptional. Set up your no-obligation account here and get started on creating your own personalised registry!

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Giving the perfect (bridesmaids) gift: Meet Clarence & Co

We love working with other epic wedding vendors, especially when they’ve got a similar philosophy around making the giving experience exceptional. Clarence & Co are all about gifts at the other end of the wedding planning journey – bridesmaids proposal gifts! A gorgeous idea for making your besties feel special, we’ve loved watching their growth into a favourite among many brides-to-be – so we thought we’d chat to Emma, one of the Clarence & Co co-founders, about why bridesmaids gifts are such a special idea.

Robes and boxes

How did Clarence & Co. come to be?

Clarence & Co. began in 2016 in an old villa on Clarence Street. Flatmates and friends, Emma and Janelle discovered they both shared a love of celebrating friendships when Janelle was asked to be a Bridesmaid. Seeing an opportunity, the pair got to work to create unique bridesmaid proposal gifts for Kiwi brides to give their besties.

After a year of planning and research, Clarence & Co. was officially launched in October 2017. Shortly after, Charli (a bride-to-be herself with heaps of bridesmaid experience) joined the team. We each bring different talents and ideas to the table and love working together in the NZ wedding industry.

Products

What sort of treasures do you sell?

We sell collated gift boxes, individual gifts, digital invitations, and bridesmaid and bridal robes. Clarence & Co. also offers the ability to customise gift boxes – you can select exactly which products you’d like in your gift boxes and we’ll do the rest!

Three things are very important to us when choosing our products:

Beautiful and Quality Goods

There is something so precious about opening a box full of lovely things that look and feel amazing. Everything from the packaging (hello Flint chocolate prettiness) to the smell of Foxxglow perfume oils (the latest addition to the C&C family) has been carefully selected.

Reusable and Practical Gifts

We believe in creating gifts that last. We have sought out items like the Take It Off Makeup Removal Towel (that can be used for up to 1000 washes!), Cheers! Champagne Flute, and quality robes which can be worn on the wedding day and beyond. (Note from the Honeypot team: Take It Off towels are amazing! Seriously magic at removing all your makeup)

Supporting Local Businesses

We love supporting other NZ businesses. Being a start-up ourselves, we really understand the importance of sourcing locally and putting our money into the right places. Even our pine wood boxes are made locally in Auckland!

Be my bridesmaid box

Why do you think bridesmaids gifts are such a fabulous idea?

We think it’s so special to recognise your best friends in the context of your wedding. These are the people who have loved and supported you through so much, maybe even before you knew the person you are marrying! Asking your girls to stand by your side on your big day is a big deal and we want to help celebrate this incredible moment. Robes and matching champagne flutes are particularly popular wedding day items; why not turn these into a lovely gift for them to cherish?

BM proposal

Do you have any top tips for wedding planning from a Clarence & Co. point of view?

Being involved in the wedding industry, and with one of the team planning her wedding, we’ve always got wedding planning tips on the go. Our blog has a bunch of tips on different topics, and we’re always adding more! One of the themes we are seeing come through a lot is people being overwhelmed with wedding planning (there is so much to consider and decide on). We recommend one of the first things you do when you’re engaged is sit down with your partner and make a list of what is most important to you both, as well as those that aren’t. When it gets closer to the wedding and you start stressing about the cake topper, looking back at these lists will help keep things in perspective and making a decision will be easier.

Robes

Anything exciting coming up in Clarence & Co.’s future?

So many things! One of the most exciting is our new and exclusive Clarence & Co. robe collection. The first of our Bridesmaid Robes, the Savannah, is out now! We are also always on the lookout for beautiful, top quality products to add to our boxes (we’ve got a few of these coming soon too). Following us on Facebook or Instagram is a great way to keep with what’s coming and what’s new.

The ladies at Clarence & Co. have been kind enough to offer our Honeypotters a special discount – 15% off orders over $150! Just head over to their website and use the code HONEY at the checkout.

Download your free ‘keep track of everything’ template!

When you’re doing a DIY wedding, whether everything is handmade or you just need to organise more than you would at an all-in-one venue, keeping track of all the little things can be tricky. One of the things we find most helpful is keeping everything on one mega list – a ‘buy, borrow, make, own, hire’ bible.

So how do you use it? Simple – think of all the items you’ll need for your wedding (cutlery, crockery, decorations, tables, chairs, lights etc.)

Now add them to the correct column – what do you already own? What does your venue have? Can you borrow elements from family and friends, or will you need to hire? And what are those special projects you’ll need to DIY? Add those to the ‘to make’ column, but make sure you’ve got the raw ingredients on the ‘to buy’ column. As you buy or make, move them over to the ‘already own’ column.

Keen to start your own one? Download our free template here:

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Groom 101: How to be an involved groom

Most of our blogs come from the bride’s perspective, so we thought we’d let a guy loose on one for once. Here, Honeypot co-founder Shane points out exactly why (and how) you need to be an involved groom.

Wedding. Planning.

Your fiancée is excited for it, her girlfriends are excited for it, the mums are excited for it and you’re… (kind of) fine with it… I guess…

Oh it’ll definitely be a great exciting day! But planning for it? Hmm… wouldn’t have a clue… Best leave it to the girls to sort out…

That’s probably an over simplified, stereotyped summary of the male perspective, but weddings aren’t really “our thing” right?

As a groom-to-be, whether these thoughts go through your head in some iteration or another, one thing is absolutely certain – you should be involved in planning your wedding!

Yours, not just hers

It’s not just hers! Your wedding celebrates and reflects both you and your fiancée. Your friends and family want to be a part of your relationship so make sure that you have an input in how the day will go.

Express your ideas for things that you want to include in the wedding even if you end up having to cull them for budget or logistical reasons. Make an effort to have the wedding reflect your tastes and be passionate about them. The more things that you’re excited to have as part of the wedding, the more involved you’ll want to be in making that a reality.

Choices! Choices!

As awesome as your fiancée is, she probably doesn’t know exactly how she wants everything to be. Your genuine input goes a long way to working through those tedious decision making times.

Maybe you don’t care what the centre pieces will be, but she’s narrowed the options down to white or red flowers – which one do you like the best? Even if your fiancée vetos your choice, your act of consideration will have helped her make the final choice. And you didn’t really mind either way right?

Chances are her wedding support group will largely be made of other females so a genuinely interested male’s opinion could bring a new perspective to things (plus, despite common belief, not all women actually want to have to make all the decisions all the time).

Many hands make light work

Having to vet and book multiple suppliers, coordinate the timings of specific items plus managing your daily lives on top of all of it all – weddings are a logistical exercise and a half! Even if your fiancée has got everything under control, she’s probably still super stressed out about it. Take the initiative and share the work load.

Organising anything groom-side specific should already be on your list. But other things like booking the weddings cars or the music don’t necessarily have to be coordinated with other items so can easily be picked up and organised separately.

Think about skills you’re good at. If you’re good with handling money, be in charge of putting aside funds and making sure the deposits are paid on time. If you’re a great negotiator, be the one to arrange the pricier parts of the wedding. If you love problem solving, get stuck in with decisions where there are lots of different variables to consider – the guest list and the seating plan will be right up your alley. Or perhaps the honeymoon could be your domain – plan an amazing honeymoon, and then get help getting there through a personalised Honeypot registry!

Need some help knowing what to help with?

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The more input you have the more you’ll connect with the wedding planning and the easier it’ll be to take responsibility and help make it happen. Too far out the other side though… Groomzillas are a thing too!

 

 

 

Why I love winter honeymoons (and why you will too)

If you’re in the same boat as over 40% of Kiwi couples, you’ll be planning to get married in the New Zealand summer. You want that perfect combination of nice weather, a great sunset and a long day to fit in all the celebration. But on the flipside, if you’re planning to honeymoon in the northern hemisphere, winter is coming baby!

For many people a traditional honeymoon means lying on the beach, sipping cocktails and soaking up the rays. However, a winter honeymoon can be every bit as romantic (and if you’re like me, involve less sunburn!) For our honeymoon, we combined the two – a winter ski holiday in Japan followed by a short trip to Bali on the way home. Here are some of the reasons I love winter honeymoons:

Experience a real white Christmas

Call me cheesy but I don’t think there is anything more romantic than exploring a winter Christmas market, gluhwein in hand, while the snow falls around you! If you’re getting married in November or December, a Christmas trip to Europe could be the perfect honeymoon. Think snow-capped mountains, lights in the trees and castles on craggy hills.

Ski or snowboard your heart out

Whether you’re looking for the vast slopes of Canada, exciting après scene in Europe or cultural immersion in Japan, there are plenty of options for a ski honeymoon. And after you’ve finished carving up the mountain, you can chill out by the fire with a hot chocolate – who says you need a beach to relax?

Get adventurous

I get it – snow sports aren’t everyone’s thing. But there are so many other things to do on a winter holiday. How about a dogsled ride in Norway, followed by a viewing of the famous northern lights? A snowmobile ride on the Swiss Alps? Or ice-skating in central park? Eat your heart out Tonya Harding!

Enjoy a big city on a small budget

So many of the world’s great cities are equally fascinating in winter time – like London, Paris or New York. In these popular destinations, accommodation can be so expensive during summer. The money you save on accommodation could be put towards seeing a play at the Globe, touring the Louvre or tickets to a Broadway show!

If you’re reading this and thinking a winter honeymoon sounds great but we won’t have the budget after our wedding, a honeymoon registry through Honeypot can help you out! Rather than gifting traditional household items, your guests have the option to contribute to the honeymoon of your dreams. All the ideas above have been used by real Honeypotters who have had their winter honeymoons funded by friends and family. Click here to sign up today!

The lowdown on wedding celebrants

Okay, so you’ve picked a date and booked a venue, maybe even booked a photographer! But have you got the most important person (other than you two!) booked in? Your celebrant, besides your marriage licence, is the other legal aspect that you have to have for the two of you to get hitched.

So what do you need to know before booking a celebrant? We answer your top questions below.

What does a celebrant actually do?

First up, the legal stuff – in order for you to be married in the eyes of the law, you have to be married by a qualified and registered celebrant and say “I [name] take you [partner’s name], to be my legal [wife/husband/partner]” or something similar in front of them. They also have to confirm that you are who is named on the marriage licence, and send off a copy of the licence to Births, Deaths, and Marriages following the ceremony (check out our blog post about the legal aspects of a ceremony if you want to know more!)

However, the biggest part of their job is probably the part that can change the most – planning, writing, and performing the ceremony. Most celebrants will normally meet with you a couple of times before the wedding to plan this out, and make sure that the ceremony is exactly the way you want it. A good one will likely give you some ideas to look through to give you inspiration, or if you don’t like any that they’ve already got, will write a new ceremony for you.

How do I find a wedding celebrant?

There are heaps of ways to find a wedding celebrant – the Celebrants Association is a good place to find people, but it can be a little hard to know who to choose. So try talking to people first – ask your friends who have already been married, look at whether you know any celebrants personally, or search for recommendations in wedding groups on Facebook.

How do I pick a celebrant?

Most celebrants are happy to meet with you when you’re considering who to choose – it’s all about finding one who you get along with, who you feel will reflect who you are as a couple, and who is either happy to do the ceremony just the way you’d like it or provide guidance if you don’t know where to start! Try asking questions about what they do in the lead-up to the day, how they run the ceremony on the day, what they do other than being a celebrant and generally get to know them. You’ll normally find one that just ‘fits’ – much like when you found your other half!

What does a wedding celebrant cost?

It varies – but in NZ you can expect to pay anywhere from $350 to $600, with many sitting around $450-$550. Usually that will cover local travel but they may add extra on if you’re getting married a little further afield. Keep in mind that they do spend a lot of time working on your ceremony both with you and by themselves before the day, as well as obviously spending several hours getting ready, travelling to and from the wedding, and performing the ceremony itself – so it’s not just about showing up on the day!

A wedding celebrant is one part of the wedding you definitely can’t do without – and a good one can make your day absolutely amazing! So do your research, meet a few, and pick ‘the one’. Happy marrying!

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How to thank your guests with flair

So, the wedding’s over and done with (congrats, by the way!), you’ve just returned from your amazing honeymoon and you’re ready to settle into life as a married couple. After all the stress, excitement, challenges and celebration over the past few months, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is sitting down to write thank you cards. As much as you are so thankful to everyone involved in the wedding, it can seem like such a daunting task! So I’ve written a few tips to get you underway…

Don’t procrastinate

Try and get onto those cards as soon as possible after your honeymoon. The longer you put it off, the less likely you are to do it and the guiltier you will feel (trust me!). I find it helps to have something in the background so it feels less like a chore: music you enjoy, a podcast or even your wedding video. Bring out the snacks, a glass of wine or decent coffee, and get writing! And make sure both of you are involved – it will take half the time if you share out the cards between the couple.

Make it personal

With all these cards, it might be tempting to write a generic message, sign it and be done! But if your guests have generously contributed towards your honeymoon or other gifts, I really think it means a lot to thank them personally. For us, that meant including a picture of us enjoying their gift (for example a dinner out during our honeymoon) and a picture of the guest(s) from our wedding photos. Luckily, we had a great photographer who managed to snap candid shots of everyone at the wedding. Often your guests don’t get the chance to see all the photos so this is a nice way to share them.

Get creative

Are you an expert at DIY? There’s plenty of ideas out there for creative ways to thank guests. Our family once received a thank you card made of recycled paper with seeds embedded. Once you read the card, you could bury it in a planter and watch the flowers bloom – what a lovely and eco-friendly reminder of the day. Of course, if you’re less DIY inclined, there are plenty of beautiful thank you card designs out there.

Remember what it’s all about

These days, sending a handwritten card can seem old-fashioned and time-consuming. You might think ‘why not save time send a group email instead’? But I guarantee everyone will get something out of receiving something you’ve spent time on. We had so many comments from our guests who were delighted to receive something in the post and hear about how much it meant to us that they could join us on the day.

Honeypot makes thanking guests easy. You can log in at any time and see which guest has contributed to what item. No need to worry about gift tags falling off presents and wondering who gifted what! Get your Honeypot Registry started today.

Don’t blow the budget: 5 ways to save money on your wedding

Everyone knows that weddings are expensive – but they don’t need to be quite as crazy as Pinterest and bridal magazines would imply! There are heaps of ways to cut costs without only cutting down the guest lists (because, for some of us with big families, that just isn’t viable!)

So what are five great ways you can save money on your wedding?

1. Know your ‘must-haves’ vs. your ‘nice-to-haves’

This is quite possibly the best way to prioritise the money you do have for your wedding – list down what’s important to you (whether that’s great food, an amazing band, or an expensive dress) and the things that would be great, but you can live without. Spend up on the things that matter and, when you need to cut costs, the nice-to-haves list can easily be culled.

2. Weigh up DIY vs. getting it done for you

While DIY can be a great way to save money, that isn’t always the case. Especially here in New Zealand, where craft supplies can be pretty expensive, DIY can add up pretty quickly. So be sure to weigh up all the costs involved (including your time) before deciding whether DIY is the route to go down. If you’re keeping things simple, it can be cheaper – but if you’re wanting something super fancy, then you can often save costs by using your vendor or an event hire/coordination company.

3. Follow wedding buy & sell pages

If your wedding’s still a while away, one of the best ways to save money on your wedding is by keeping an eye on wedding buy and sell pages on Facebook and taking advantage of great deals from couples who have just gotten married. Whether it’s picking up tablecloths for half the price you would hire them for, getting a gorgeous dress for a bargain or finding the exact decorations you’re wanting already made, you’ll be amazed at what you can get.

4. Get off Pinterest!

Pinterest is an amazing tool – it can give you so many ideas and help you craft a vision for how you want your wedding to be. But once you’ve decided on your wedding, it can also be a black hole of distractions and temptations! So once you’ve settled on your theme, dress, and more, we’d suggest cutting yourself off from Pinterest. You won’t be tempted to add extra decorations to your tables, or decide that you prefer a different dress – all things that could quickly sap your budget!

5. Get your guests to help with the honeymoon

Planning an amazing honeymoon right after a wedding can be a bit of a strain on the bank account – so instead of gifts, why not ask your friends and family to help you turn your dream honeymoon into reality? Set up a registry with Honeypot and you can ask for funds towards anything you like (I mean, you could even ask for help with the wedding yourself if you really wanted!)

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When to use a wedding planner (and when not to!)

Not everyone loves planning a wedding – in fact, heaps of people find the whole process stressful. Sometimes, you just need a little extra help in the form of a wedding planner.

But how do you know when to use a wedding planner – and when you probably don’t need to?

WHEN TO USE A WEDDING PLANNER

  • When the idea of planning a wedding is the most stressful thing you can imagine
  • When you’ve run events before and hated it
  • When you’re getting married quite soon and don’t have anything organised
  • When you’re crazy busy (with work, hobbies, kids and more!)
  • When your dream venue doesn’t provide extras such as catering, beverages or decorations
  • When you don’t have much family or friends around (or at least not many helpful family members)
  • When you’re putting on what feels like the world’s biggest wedding…

And lots of other times we haven’t mentioned!

A wedding planner can organise everything from venue to catering to decorations to on-the-day coordination. They’ll often be able to get you a good deal because of their relationships with vendors and their ability to negotiate.

In the weeks leading up to the wedding, and on the day, a wedding planner can seriously reduce your stress by taking care of anything that goes wrong, making sure that everything happens when it’s meant to, and leaving you to focus on just marrying the love of your life.

But does everyone need a wedding planner?

WHEN YOU COULD PROBABLY DO WITHOUT ONE

  • When you’ve been planning your wedding for years and already know what you want
  • When you love DIY and have plenty of time to do it all in
  • When you’re a fairly chilled out couple and don’t feel the need to have everything perfect
  • When you’re overloaded with family and friends offering to help

If you decide not to go with a wedding planner, that’s cool! Neither did any of our team. If you decide not to pull in a professional, make sure you’ve got everything planned well in advance so you don’t have to stress at the last minute, delegate whatever you can, and recruit a friend or family member to be your ‘on-the-day’ coordinator (or hire an actual one). The last thing you want is to be fielding phone calls on the day you get married!

If you’re not using a wedding planner, we’ve also put together a free, handy checklist to make it a little easier for you to organise your wedding yourself.

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One thing that is easy to organise yourself is your registry – especially with Honeypot making it easy to ask for cash in a non-confrontational way. Get started on your registry, your way now.

Save the dates: Do I need them?

When I said to my fiancé, “What do you think of these save the dates?” his response was more akin to “What the hell are save the dates?” than the excitement I was hoping for.

However, that’s not really that surprising – after all, save the dates are a fairly modern invention. They only really came about in the 2000s or so as a way to let people know to keep the date open, especially for people needing to travel.

But do you really need to send save the dates?

Our answer, just like pretty much everything else when it comes to weddings is simple: only if you want to! There are a few situations where they can be a really good idea, but frankly, it’s your wedding – do what you want!

This is when we’d recommend save the dates:

  • When your wedding is still quite awhile away and you’re unlikely to send the invitations until much closer to the time
  • When you’re inviting lots of people from overseas who may need notice in order to make arrangements
  • When you’re of an age where many of your friends are getting married too – so no-one doubles up on dates!

So who do you send them to?

We’d suggest being really careful with who you give save the dates to, as, although it’s not a full invitation, it’s a pretty good sign that they will be getting one. So send them to those you know are definitely going to be inviting, and don’t go overboard.

Don’t stress about sending a physical one overseas if you’re going to have to send an invitation too – save your postage and send them the image over email or Facebook!

What are your options for save the dates?

From a magnet for the fridge to a small card or an email, you’ve got heaps of choices. A few of our suggestions are below.

For the DIY bride:

  • Design them yourself on Canva, get them printed at your local print shop or VistaPrint, and hand them out yourself.

For the eco-friendly (and budget savvy) bride:

  • Send online save the dates through Paperless Wedding – they’ve got heaps of designs and the best part is they’re totally FREE!

For the hands-off bride:

  • Use a stunning template design from a designer in NZ or on Etsy – the cost often includes printing and delivery to you, so one order makes it super easy.

For the unique, perfectionist bride:

  • Get a design created just for you by the amazing Kelly from Creative Box or Kate from Speckle Spot Creative – our fave designers! Getting them designed especially for you also means you can get the rest of your stationery and signage designed to match too.

 

 

Way past the save the date stage and already thinking about your registry? Find out how Honeypot works and get started!

The ultimate free wedding checklist

Every married couple knows how much is involved in planning a wedding – and nearly every bride has had a last minute freakout about having missed something. That’s why we’ve put together our go-to wedding checklist – with all the things you need to think about when planning a wedding.

We’ve made this a 12 month checklist, but you can easily do it in a shorter time – just condense the ‘to-dos’ down into fewer months. Either way, if you follow a good checklist, you should get everything sorted for your wedding with no (well, minimal!) problems. These are our main things – but feel free to add your own too!

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Plus, get our free template for keeping track of all the little things you need to buy, make, borrow, hire, or just remember to bring along from home on the day – included in the free wedding checklist as a bonus!

The ‘B’ word – how to make a wedding budget you can actually stick to!

Budgeting – the very word can strike fear in the hearts of many; not least if you’re planning a wedding! Luckily, we’re here with our top tips for how to plan a wedding budget, as well as our super useful free wedding budget template and wedding savings planner template.

So how do you set a wedding budget that’s actually do-able?

Figure out how much you’ve got to play with

A wedding budget is generally always finite – made up of how much you can save by your wedding date, and how much others (usually parents) are contributing. Setting your wedding date further away, or looking at ways you can cut down your spending can help you achieve the budget you’re hoping for. Open our free wedding savings planner template in Google Sheets and make your own copy to figure out just how much you’ve got to play with it. Check out our video below for how to use the template to figure out your potential savings!

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Set your priorities

We talked about this in our last blog about how to get started with wedding planning, but it’s just as important here – figure out what the most important things are to you, and assign the most money to them. Is an amazing photographer a must have? Budget for the one you want and look for ways to cut costs in other places. Keen for a big bar tab? Make sure you’ve budgeted that in.

Do your research

Now it’s time to figure out what the average cost of things is – and unfortunately that can vary a lot! Use resources like the Wedding Discussion Group – New Zealand on Facebook to search for what others have paid, get recommendations, and ask for anything you are trying to gauge the price of. A photographer could be anywhere from a grand to well over ten grand, so getting an idea of what others have paid can be helpful.

Set your wedding budget

Now it’s time to put those numbers in! Decide what you’re comfy with for each item and put that into your budget. If the budget adds up to too much – look for where you can cut costs on the things that aren’t as important to you. And don’t be afraid to change the budget up as your ideas about your wedding changes – so long as the total doesn’t change, you should be all good!

Not sure where to start? Use our awesomely useful free wedding budget template to create your own budget. Get it here and watch the video below to find out how to best use it, plus get a view of a real-life wedding budget!

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