Camilla Newman, Brides publisher and numbers girl, says:

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Base your budget around your venue as it's likely to be your largest outlay. It really determines your spend as venues often have a room hire fee and/or a charge per person.  

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Begin by making a rough guest list that gives you an idea of numbers, then search for your venue by capacity which will help gauge your price bracket.

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My advice is don't stint on your dress or photographer, as it's these timeless images on your mantelpiece that will last the test of time.

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Throughout the planning process, remember that once you're back from honeymoon, you won't want the credit card bills rolling in, so set your total and stick to it!