The average wedding now costs somewhere in the region of £30,000. That’s a lot of cash! I previously shared how I saved money and planned a budget wedding, costing just £3.5k and the cheapest places to buy wedding dresses. In this post, I’ll be talking about some more ways I managed to save money on our big day, and how you can too.
1- Cut unnecessary items
When planning their wedding, many couples fall into the trap of doing things just to satisfy the expectations. Ultimately, though, there is little point in paying out for items that won’t add anything to your big day.
If you don’t want flowers or a fancy car for the entrance, lose those items. Similarly, if you would prefer a smaller wedding party, don’t be afraid to do it.
Ultimately, you have to do what is right for you, especially on a financial front. You don’t want the best day of your lives to cause nightmares over the years to come.
2- Book services early
While you can certainly cut some services from your wedding plans, others are essential. The venue, catering, entertainment, and photography are all key features.
The best way to save money is to book them early. Finding your dream wedding photographer at an early stage also takes a huge weight from your shoulders. Booking early gives you more options.
Conversely, when you leave it too late, you will pay a premium rate for the venue and related services. Likewise, you’ll be forced to compromise your vision of the dream wedding.
3- Save on your outfits
If there’s only one day where you will want to look your very best, this is it. Nevertheless, looking great needn’t cost a fortune. Searching for affordable wedding dresses in the right places will allow you to find the perfect dress without breaking the bank.
Grooms may wish to consider hiring their suits and other attire for the big day. It’s far cheaper than a purchase.
When planning to change outfits or footwear for the evening, this is another area where you can save money. Shop out of season and you’ll be sure to find a bargain.
4- DIY some of the features
Although many services deserve an expert touch, there are others where the DIY approach can be just as effective. And far more affordable.
It may also be possible to complete your own makeup on the big day or save money by creating a playlist for the evening party. The options are endless.
5- Ask guests to help
While you will spend a lot of money on your wedding, it’s also likely that you’ll receive gifts and money from your guests. However, you could ask them to support your wedding by helping out with the plans rather than buying a gift.
Asking a friend to bake the wedding cake could save you hundreds, for example. They’d rather do this than buy a gift you won’t use.
Similarly, asking bridesmaids to pay for their dresses rather than giving a gift could work out better for all parties. When combined with the other ideas, your wedding costs will be lower.
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