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Wedding Budgeting Battles

Congratulations on saying YES to the love of your life! As you dive into the world of wedding planning, it's natural for that initial love bubble to encounter a few bumps along the way. Suddenly, questions about where to start and how to afford it all start swirling in your mind. Balancing expectations while staying financially savvy and still enjoying your dream day can feel like a daunting task. But fear not! If you're nodding along to these concerns, rest assured, you're not alone. At SA Weddings, we understand the complexities of wedding budgeting battles and we're here to guide you through them. Join us as we unravel the mysteries of wedding finances and share some epic tips to help you navigate this common wedding dilemma with ease.


Breaking down your Wedding Budget

Amidst the excitement, let's not forget that your budget holds the key to a truly magical celebration. Understanding its ins and outs isn't just practical; it's downright essential. Why? Because every decision, from the venue to the attire, catering and entertainment hinges on this pivotal number. Since this figure influences all of the other decisions, you have to know what you’re working with in order to remain on track and not incur any debt. Pro Tip It would be wise practice to add at least 20% over and above your wedding budget to cover any unforeseen costs. The best place to start, your guest list. The majority of your budget will begin with taking care of your guests' needs, so be realistic about your expectations and guest count.

Financial Transparency

As you embark on this beautiful journey together, it's essential to prioritise financial transparency. Having an open conversation about money before diving into wedding planning is crucial. This ensures that both partners are aligned in their financial goals and can support each other throughout the planning process. If you haven't already done so, consider creating a realistic savings plan outlining how much each of you can comfortably contribute. Additionally, if you're fortunate enough to receive financial support from your parents, integrate this into your wedding budget and make adjustments accordingly.

Approaching the topic of financial contributions from parents can feel daunting. Remember to initiate the conversation with politeness and respect, understanding that they may not be in a position to contribute. Regardless of the outcome, maintaining open communication is key to navigating this aspect of wedding planning.

Crunch the Numbers

Planning a wedding takes time and lots of patience so staying organised is key and will save you plenty of headaches in the long run. Crunch those numbers and track your spending using our epic FREE Budget Spreadsheet.. Yes love birds, we’re removing one less task and helping you to navigate this journey with your fave bridal bestie by your side. We’ve consolidated everything into one convenient place where you can confidently and accurately track and monitor your spending. Make a copy of the sheet and start editing away.

Research Research Research

Here at SA Weddings, we proudly stand behind each and every one of our vendors, whom you can explore right HERE. As you dive into the intricacies of wedding planning, it's wise to gather quotations from 2-3 vendors before making any final decisions. Keep in mind that costs may vary significantly based on factors like geographical location, season and time of year. Transportation and logistics often constitute a significant portion of your expenses, so it's crucial to factor this in when making your choices. Pro Tip: Don't miss out on exclusive specials and deals offered by service providers! Be sure to check out our regularly updated Competitions and Specials tab for unbeatable wedding offers.

There are countless creative ways to save money on your wedding, so be diligent in researching your options. Don't hesitate to ask your suppliers for recommendations, as they often have preferred partners they enjoy working with and can help you achieve your vision whilst still remaining on budget.


Here's an unconventional yet invaluable tip for your wedding planning journey: stay flexible. With countless decisions to make, remaining adaptable, especially when it comes to potential impacts on your budget, is crucial. Be open to adjusting your expectations and consider alternative approaches to realise your vision. An example of this, repurposing your ceremony florals for your reception. This flexibility not only ensures smoother sailing but also opens up opportunities to reallocate your budget to other areas of your wedding. In the end, you'll be grateful for the flexibility, as it may allow for even more magic to unfold on your special day. #Winning!

Post Wedding

Remember life goes on post wedding and you always want to start it on the right financial foot. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in the moment and not think about life post wedding but you absolutely need to. Getting your finances in order pre wedding will ensure that post wedding, you’re not left with unnecessary debts and loans which may have an effect on your financial freedom. Be open and transparent with your partner about wants and needs and work together to celebrate the start of happily ever after on the right note!

As you embark on this exhilarating journey of wedding planning, armed with a plethora of budgeting wisdom, remember this: your budget isn't just a constraint, but a tool for creativity and resourcefulness. By implementing these tips, from setting realistic savings goals to staying flexible in your decision-making, you're not just managing expenses, but crafting a celebration that reflects your love story in all its glory! In case you missed it, grab your free Wedding Budget Spreadsheet HERE.