Wedding budget worries

I had an email from the lovely royal-bride-alike Cat Muddleton this week: she’s a little overwhelmed by wedding budget woes and was looking for advice.

Here at English Wedding we have plenty of down to earth, sensible wedding budget advice and our friends in the wedding industry are always happy to share their best tips to help brides on a budget.

Here’s Cat Muddleton’s email:

Hey Claire, hope you’re ok. I wanted to pick your brains about my wedding budget as I’m getting in a bit of a pickle. This whole ‘royal wedding’ theme is doing my head in. So basically my family feel like they should pay, for tradition and stuff. But they’re not as rich as Willy’s family and so his family feel like they should pay which makes my mum & dad feel bad. And then apparently we’re having some of it paid for by “the public” which is a bit weird – but I don’t want to overspend on anything and I don’t know where to start. My parents have said they’ll supply streamers and party tricks. Willy’s parents have ‘connections’ (bit worried… sounds dodgy to me) and they’re getting the venue for us. For the rest I want to keep costs down but I don’t know how. You know what Willy’s like, he calls money his “spendy buttons” and loves giving them out! Cat Muddleton xxx Sent from my iPhone

Wedding budget advice

These are our favourite pieces of advice about wedding budgets to help Cat Muddleton and any of you who are worried about your wedding budgets.

English Wedding: Wedding Budgets takes you through the average wedding budget, some tips for saving up and advice on who pays for the big day.

Get Grounded: for brides on a really tight budget. This is our ‘think outside the box’ series. Strip your wedding plans right back to basics and create something special on an unbelievable budget.

Expert advice on wedding budgets: Bernadette Chapman from Dream Occasions is one of the UK’s top planners. Her article on wedding budget realism is really helpful.

Cheap wedding cakes from Weddnig Genie blogWedding cakes on a budget: This post on the Wedding Genie blog gets straight to the point and shows some favourite wedding cakes for budget brides.

Spending Advice for Brides on the For Weddings and a Fairytale blog: a little advice from me, to you, on there. Some simple and easy tips to save little chunks of money from your wedding budget.

Cheap wedding advice (English Wedding): the expensive things you can do without, where to go for inspiration on wedding DIY

How to have a stress-free wedding: From Sweet Days and Roses, this blog post is a great read for a little perspective. Tight budgets can be stressful and this advice will help you.

To Cat, and to everyone else reading – I hope these articles will help you plan your wedding and stick to your budget. Please use the comments box below if you have tips to share with other brides – I’d love to hear how you’re getting on with your wedding budgets.

Claire x

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Kelly Gunning
    9 years ago

    I have seen huge budget weddings and tight budget ones that are just as beautiful. Your wedding is yours and yours alone, so don’t be forced to make choices that aren’t true to you and your fiance. Maintaining simplicity and originality don’t have to break the bank.
    If love is in the air, that’s enough for me…
    Cinematic Wedding Films

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