Weddings are big business. The average UK bride spends around £22,000 on her wedding but, let’s face it, not all of us have that kind of money to spend on our big day. So how can you save money without compromising on making your big day as special as it possibly can be? Read on:
The venue is a huge part of the wedding budget. You can easily save money on your venue however by booking the wedding for a Friday or a Sunday rather than having it on a Saturday and usually even more if you hold it mid week. The time of year you hold your wedding also comes at a premium. If you want to marry in summer or around Christmas you’re more likely to feel the pinch. If you marry at other times of year, you’re less likely to incur inflated prices and, with the English weather being as unpredictable as it is, you can never really guarantee sunshine in August anyway, so why pay more for an August wedding when it may well be pouring with rain.
Other ways to save money on your venue is to cut your guest list down. If you’ve always dreamed of marrying in a certain place, yet it costs a fortune to have 120 day guests, cut your guest list and instead invite more people to the evening reception when it’s cheaper to cater for them. Another great way to save money is on last minute bookings. Weddings venues often have cancellations or dates that haven’t been booked and they offer some amazing all inclusive deals on such dates. Take a look at their website or phone the venue a month to a few weeks in advance and ask about any last minute dates that may have become available. You might find you’ll get a great deal on the venue for up to 80 day guests, including food, 120 evening guests, an evening buffet, welcome drinks and a DJ for a fraction of the price.
There are lots of ways to save money on wedding outfits. From buying the brides dress in a sample sale or having it made abroad and shipped over before the wedding, to buying the grooms suit off the rack rather than renting or buying from an expensive boutique. Evening dresses can double as fantastic bridesmaids outfits. You can get some lovely evening dresses in the sales or even in non bridal shops. The minute you add the word wedding or bridal to a shop or service you’re guaranteed to add a few pound signs, so take a look in other shops too and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what they have to offer, as well as the much lower price tag.
Other ways to save money on your wedding include ditching the favours – you’re already paying for everyone’s dinner for the day after all. Consider a buffet or barbecue rather than a sit down meal, have an afternoon tea instead of a wedding breakfast if you’re planning on having just a short celebration and have a pay bar instead of paying for everyone’s drinks all evening. As long as you make it clear on the invitations what guests should expect they won’t mind dipping into their own purse. A wedding is about the two of you, not what you spend after all.