2. Work out what's important to you
‘When it comes to your big day, it’s so important to sit down with your fiancé and decide what it is you want from your day. This is is also the stage you should have a frank discussion about your budget and the kind of things you won’t compromise on (i.e. you’re happy with a DJ but he’s always wanted a full-on, stadium-worthy rock band). And remember, your theme will infuence the suppliers you hire.’

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THIS IS HOW MUCH THE AVERAGE UK WEDDING COSTS

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How Do I Set My Budget?

Camilla Newman, Brides publisher and numbers girl, says:

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.

MORE WEDDING ETIQUETTE ADVICE

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.

WHAT'S THE AVERAGE COST OF A WEDDING?

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.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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!