Good morning lovelies, hope you’re all having a great week. Today I thought I’d post a bit of a discussion post, so please if you are reading this and you are a wedding planner, supplier or even a bride & groom going through wedding planning, let us know what you think!

I’m often contacted by journalists or financial companies asking me if I can share the findings of research on the cost of weddings that they have conducted. Sometimes the results of their search seems preposterous to say the least, so I end up rejecting them. Other times, however, they seem to be a lot more reasonable. The one I received last week from creditcardinsider.com, (Save Your Bank As You Save The Date – Wedding Planning Tips Infographic by Jenny Creno) seems to be much more realistic than others. However, I  do have some reservations on the budget breakdown, but I’m wondering if this is due to the fact that the markets I primarily deal with are UK and Italy, and not US.

So it got me thinking, how do our colleagues in different countries feel about this budget breakdowns? Is there a universal rule (obviously I think there isn’t, but someone might just prove me wrong!)? If not, how are wedding budgets generally split in your country? It would be great to get your input, my dear colleagues across the globe, as Linen and Silk has a very global readership, with a large chunk of my readers coming from UK, Canada, US, Italy, France, Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, UAE and India. I’m sure brides and grooms in these countries would love to have some myths busted or get a better idea of how they should split the budget according to the local customs and markets.

Here’s the infographic for your reference, with some useful money-saving tips from other wedding bloggers and wedding suppliers, and then a breakdown of some of the average costs. One thing I really do appreciate is the allocation of 12% of your total budget to wedding photography. Bear in mind this is an average; however the fact that it’s been identified as the 3rd most expensive thing at your wedding, after venue hire and catering, reflects my thinking. Those pictures are the only tangible evidence you will have left of your wedding day, so you want to ensure that you pick the most professional wedding photographer you can afford. In 10 years’ time you don’t want to look at those images wondering why you went cheap on the one thing that should help you preserve the memory of that day alive.

Financial Advice For Wedding Planning from Credit Card InsiderSo, what do you say, could you give us some insights into how budgets are split in your country or even just your feedback on this infographic?

xx Betta