Budgeting for a luxury wedding

There’s so much to factor in when planning a wedding, and to help you make a start here’s our guide of everything we think you’ll need to consider when budgeting for your big day. Once you’ve worked out what you can afford the planning can then begin.

Wedding venue

Your wedding venue is easily the most important part of your planning, so you won’t be surprised to find out that this is the most expensive part.


The total of your catering will be 100% dependant on the number of guests you decide to invite, and this number will also determine what you will spend on your wedding. Caterers usually charge by the head, so the number will be key.

Wedding photography

The price will depend on the photographer and the service you want. If you want to cut down on this price, order a digital album instead of a hard copy.


Some videographers cost more than others, so if you want a jaw-dropping video as a priority, consider cutting back on some of your other suppliers.


Whether you’re looking for a low-key arrival or planning to make a grand entrance, there are many options to choose from and how much you spend will very much depend on your choice – whether that’s a classic car, helicopter or an old camper van.

Wedding flowers

How much do wedding flowers cost? Well, that depends on the type of flowers you want at your wedding. For both beauty and savings, the best option is to go with seasonal flowers.

Decoration and hire

Many venues require you to hire your furniture at an additional cost so find this out before booking. We recommend opting for an all-inclusive wedding venue which offers a decoration and hire package, so you don’t have to worry about that extra cost later on!

Wedding cake

The two main things that will affect the cost of your wedding cake are the number of tiers and whether you’re using fresh fruit. Fresh fruit cakes need to be baked on the day of the wedding or the night before making them more expensive!


Think about what will go with the style of your wedding and what your guests will enjoy. Generally, a DJ will be cheaper than a live band but make sure to check out your DJ thoroughly rather than just going with the cheapest. A great DJ can help to make your wedding unforgettable.

Registrar fees

While not as exciting as flowers or cakes, the registrar fees are often an overlooked expense that can come as a bit of surprise so make sure you factor that in. It is also important to book your wedding date as soon as you can to ensure it is available, although 12 months ahead may be the limit.

Wedding dress

Buying a wedding dress and shoes doesn’t have to cost the earth, but on average most brides will spend £500-£2,000. Along with these costs you need to think about your bridesmaid dresses and whether you will be paying or asking for a contribution from the people chosen.

Wedding stationery

Get creative with DIY or online invitations which can cost around £200, with bespoke and handcrafted stationery options costing much more.

Groom and ushers’ suits

Don’t overlook this cost, however, how much you spend will be down to how many ushers and how smart the groom wants to look!

Wedding rings

Your wedding ring will be with you for the rest of your life and symbolises your love and marriage. It’s also an added cost to your overall wedding budget, but one you shouldn’t cut!

Wedding favours

If you’re wondering whether or not wedding favours are a necessary cost, it depends on how much you have left on your budget and what kind of favours you want to give out. This is also an opportunity to get creative and cut costs with DIY and apart from being unique, these will also give a more personal touch that your guests will appreciate.

At Dunham Forest Golf &CC every wedding we host is special and unique.

We pride ourselves on having a reputation for excellent customer service and outstanding organisation.

Our attention to detail shines through. The quality of our service, beautiful grounds and outstanding food makes us one of the best wedding venues in Cheshire.

To find out more or arrange a visit, please contact us on 0161 928 2605 or email kate@dunhamforest.com.