Are you a to-do list loving, Excel spreadsheet creating type of bride, or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants you'll worry about it later type of bride? I must admit, I'm a bit of both, I love a to-do list, but when it comes to figures and budgets, you've lost me, and I go into 'I'll worry about that later' mode. So instead of going down the details and numbers route, I've picked out the three main things that I think should be on top of your priority list when it comes to budgeting for your Scottish wedding, and the reasons why. It may just stop you worrying so much about the food and drinks packages for a second!
1. YOUR WEDDING RINGS
There is only one item that you are going to look at every single day for the rest of your life after your wedding day - your ring. You might not really have thought about it as integral to your planning or even on the actual day, but your rings are the symbol of your marriage forevermore and I know that I look at mine every day and remember not only the wedding itself but the promises we made to each other when we exchanged rings. So I'm not saying buy the most blingtastic, expensive ring money can buy, but I am saying, have it near the top of your list, and get what you want. Choose a lasting metal (Platinum is the strongest, and does not tarnish) and a style that is comfortable so you can wear it all the time. Check out my Pinterest board for some bling-spiration and put it near the top of your list! It's not often you get to shop for the ring of your dreams, and there is not many pieces of jewellery you will wear for the rest of your life!
2. YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS
So I have said this before, but I will say it again, pay for a professional wedding photographer! You're going to show these photos to possibly everyone you will ever meet, including your future children and grandchildren. They're going to be up on display in your home for years to come, the morning after your wedding you are going to be dying to see them, trust me.
There are a few reasons why I say pay for a professional, one of them is experience. Wedding photography logistics are not easy, getting all those shots you've listed in a short space of time without disturbing your venues itinerary and your guests, is not easy, and you really need someone who has done it before, and knows where potential problems might arise and can tell you prior to the big day.
On that note a professional photographer will tell you what is doable and what is not, for instance, if you ask for 50 'formal' incorporating every member of your wedding party and extended family, as well as all those lovely natural shots that you've seen on websites, your wedding photographer will more than likely tell you that this is not realistic, and recommend a 'second shooter' in order for you to get all those shots you want. These pieces of advice are what you're paying for, so you're not left disappointed when you get your images. Get a printed wedding album, I look at ours all the time and it's such a lovely thing to have for the future. You can take it to show all your relatives and again show it to your future relatives too!
3. YOUR WEDDING VIDEO
The third but by no means last thing I would put near the top of your priority list is your wedding video - this is something that people really leave till last a lot of the time, and I think it can be something you regret not getting! The first thing I thought when I woke up the morning after our wedding was 'I can't wait to see the video!' Again, it's something you will show to many people in the future and something you will be really grateful for after the blur of your big day! If this doesn't persuade you, check out one of Enchanted Wedding Films teaser videos of Andrea & Ross' wedding… perfect length for popping on to Facebook and for relatives far away to watch online!
So, this sums up my top three budget priorities for your Scottish wedding! Enjoy your day and if you have put the above three things near the top of your list, you will have amazing memories afterwards. You'll really see the value in the future.