20 Sep 2016
Ask Bijou returns for the September instalment and this month discusses how you can 'have it all' on your wedding day
Welcome to the September edition of Ask Bijou. As a busy summer draws to a close, the team at Bijou Weddings are excited for the forthcoming change in season – a chance for lucky couples to take advantage of their stunning grounds and incredible backdrops when it comes to autumnal wedding photography. With over 15 years worth of experience when it comes to throwing fabulous house parties at their four exclusive-use wedding venues, the Bijou team are experts when it comes to answering any of your wedding venue related questions.
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We’ve got a medium-sized wedding budget but we’ve seen an incredible band for the evening reception that would take up quite a lot of our spend. Do you have any advice on how we can ‘have it all’ without going over our budget?
You are right to think that booking great entertainment for your wedding reception is important. No couple wants an empty dance floor or even worse, the wrong song played for their first dance. Booking the right band should ensure a happy crowd – but the best bands will, of course, come at a price.
Take a step back and look at your overall wedding budget. See if you’re better able to afford your preferred wedding band by compromising, or reducing the amount of money that you’ve reserved for your wedding dress, wedding flowers, cake, favours, photographer, décor, videographer, honeymoon or stag/hen parties. We’re not saying that the above aren’t just as important, but by reducing each element slightly, you may find that you have a bit more money in your budget to play with.
If budget really is an issue, perhaps speak to bands about the various options available. Are they able to play two sets rather than three? Or do they have a payment plan whereby you pay in installments rather than having to pay for it all up-front.
Another alternative could be to ask your parents to pay for the band instead of buying you a separate wedding present; or could they lend you the money (interest free?!) so that you can pay them back at a later date?
Top Tip: You might have to feed your band during your wedding reception, so don’t forget to include this in your wedding budget too.