Wedding costs every groom-to-be should be aware of

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Whether you’re thinking about making the biggest of grand gestures, or you’ve made an off-the-cuff act of spontaneity –you’ll need to find out the wedding costs every groom-to-be should be aware of as you start to prepare for your wedding day.

As a couple, you might be used to paying for things jointly, but when it comes to weddings there are times when tradition steps in and there will be elements of the day, and the build up towards it, that you’ll be expected to foot the bill for in your role as groom.

Being aware of these wedding costs can help you plan and budget carefully. And, managing your wedding costs effectively should help to prevent any unexpected surprises along the way, allowing you to start your marriage off on the right foot, financially.

The ring

The thing that starts it all off - the engagement ring. Traditionally paid for by the groom, some say it’s customary to buy a ring worth roughly two month’s salary. But you shouldn’t feel pressured into spending that much if you feel you can’t afford it, only spend what’s right for you.

To find the right engagement ring, you could start by visiting several reputable jewellers to compare costs of diamond engagement rings. That way you’ll get a good sense of each ring’s value based on the size, cut, and clarity of the diamond and the metal it’s made from.

Once you’ve seen a few, you’ll have a good idea of what you can get for how much you’re willing to spend. And who says you have to buy a diamond? Lots of modern couples are forgoing tradition and opting for vintage style rings made with other precious gemstones for a cheaper, but no less meaningful, alternative.

Once you’ve found the perfect engagement ring, and you have a lovely new fiancée, the next step is to purchase your wedding bands. There are lots of options to choose from, in a range of prices too so you’re sure to find wedding rings that suit your savings and your style.

Hopefully you’re planning on wearing those rings for a long time, so it’s also a good idea to weigh up the level of investment you’re making compared with how much you want to stretch your budget.

 

The ‘stag’

You don’t think you’re getting away without having ‘a last night of freedom’ do you?

Your friends and groomsmen will probably want to arrange a get together before your wedding day to celebrate– so you’ll need to make sure you can afford things like drink, food, and possibly travel, and accommodation too.

The traditional ‘stag’ night has evolved over the years to come in all shapes and forms, from a night on the town to a few days abroad, but make sure you offer your input into the planning if you feel the cost of festivities could be spiralling out of control.

Suiting up

Looking smart on your wedding day is key, and if you go down the traditional route of wearing a suit, you will usually have 2 options: buy or hire a suit.

Traditionally the groom’s family cover the cost of suits for an usher, the best man, and the father of the groom, but in today’s modern age, that’s not necessarily the case so you should always keep some budget aside for this if you’re planning on covering the cost. A lot of grooms find little difference in cost between hiring and buying a suit.

If you’ve got just a few groomsmen, with no strong preference over whether you all wear the same thing, and you’ve got your eye on a suit that you think you might wear again, you’re probably going to get better value for money if you buy it outright.

If you’re opting for something like a traditional morning suit, or perhaps a kilt, and there are lots of groomsmen who all need to wear the same style of suit, then hiring your suits might work best.

Once you’re suited, you’ll need to make sure you’re booted too, save some money for new shoes, a new tie, and maybe some smart cufflinks for a nice finishing touch.

 

Everything else…

If you’re sticking with tradition (and by no means do you have to), then the groom and his side of the family tend to take care of things like paying for the ceremony fees, the transport, flowers, gifts for the groomsmen and bride’s parents, accommodation on the night of the wedding, and the honeymoon.

That’s a tall order and a lot to budget for, although you might get a helping hand from your guests, with many couples now asking for donations towards their honeymoon instead of wedding gifts.

If you’re wondering where to begin paying for all of this, our ultimate guide to financing your wedding will take you through some of the options available for paying for your wedding depending on your personal circumstances.

Couples can get easily swept up in the excitement and romance of planning a wedding, but taking a sensible approach to your spending, without feeling tempted to take the extravagant route can help to take some of the stress out of proceedings.