Set your budget based on your guest numbers.
As most budgets for a wedding abroad aren’t flexible, be careful not to let your guest list balloon once you’ve booked the venue.
Don’t invite 100 people hoping that only 50 will accept, it’s a dangerous tactic and it’s caught many a couple out. Don’t be afraid of capping your guest list to a number that you can comfortably afford. You can always blame it on the venue not being big enough….they’ll never know.
Once you have your budget for a wedding abroad you’ll want to stretch it as far as possible so here are some tips to do this.
6 Tips for stretching your budget for a wedding abroad.
- If you really want the 5 star venue but you’re struggling to make the budget work then consider reducing your guests list, most of your budget will go towards venue hire, food and drinks so having a smaller wedding will naturally reduce your budget. But make sure the compromise is worth it.
- Most venues abroad enjoy amazing settings (it’s one of the main reasons we go abroad), it could be the view, a beautiful beach or a pretty vineyard so make most of it and cut back on the decoration, simple is often very beautiful.
- When deciding on what to feed your guests it’s worth noting that buffets are not always cheaper than set menus(like in the UK), especially if you’re a large party, so always compare set and buffet menu prices, find out which is the most cost effective. As long as the food is good quality and tasty then I’m sure guests wont mind how it comes.
- Most weddings abroad take place later in the day due to the heat, so don’t worry about adding canapés, especially if guests will be eating an hour or so after the ceremony.
- Go for local champagne or sparkling wine instead of expensive champagne, will anyone even notice?
- Does your venue have a sound system? If yes, not take your own music and curate your own playlist. Ask guests in their invites for their favourite dance songs to make sure everyone guests up to dance at some point in the evening.
- Go DIY with your decoration, table plans and invites for example can be easily transported, if you’re not particularly creative then get some friends involved. Word of warning, before you consider taking LOTS of decoration make sure you research courier costs and that someone is at the recieving end to collect it for you. Not all venues will store items of decoration if they don’t have space or insurance for it. I think our largest courier parcel sent by a client to date was 13 KILOS!
- Consider booking in the less popular or low season months, venues often offer discounts or different terms during these months.
Always remember why you’re getting married in the first place, try not to get lost in overwhelm trying to please everyone and stressing about the things you can’t afford.
I promise your guests will have such an amazing experience they won’t even notice.
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