If, like many brides and grooms-to-be you’re hoping to plan your wedding for under £5,000 and the idea of spending £27,000 or a whopping £38,000 for those in London on your wedding day (the average for 2016 according to Bridebook) makes you gasp HOW MUCH money?!!, we’ve put together some top tips for stretching those bridal pennies a whole LOT further, without having to compromise. Ready? Here’s how to plan weddings on a budget; the WOW way!
It’s estimated that brides-to-be spend £1,400 on our dress, alone. Of course, it’s a brides prerogative to look out-of-this world in a dream dress on her big day, however there’s plenty of ways to spend less than this, including; buying your dress from the High Street (there are some fantastic options for under £300!), having it made for you by a local dressmaker or buying second-hand from charity shops or auction sites. No-one will ever know, but you, you beautiful bargain-hunting bride!
The season / day of the week
Did you know that the season and day of the week you decide to tie the knot can see prices fluctuate, up to 50%?! Winter weddings in January and November come in lowest, while midweek summer weddings, can still see you saving a few hundred pounds, than if you opted for a prime Saturday in June or July. This is just because venues and suppliers are less in demand – Wednesday in January, anyone?
The venue is reported to be the single biggest expense, with the average couple spending £6,500 on their perfect venue. As well as taking into account the day of the week and season you choose to get married in and on, there are a few sneaky tricks and tips to get your dream venue, for a budget-friendly price.
Opt for a wedding breakfast and evening reception-only package and get married at a nearby registry office, beforehand, rather than having full day hire, which can see massive savings, to spend elsewhere on food and entertainment or photography. Also, when choosing your meal; buffets and BBQ’s are cheaper per head than the traditional three course sit down meal, so bear that in mind. There’s also an amazing array of mobile food options available these days (including fish and chip vans, crepe vans and even gourmet baked spud vans). Many couples also save by using their wedding cake for dessert, or ask friends and family to get baking and bring something for a pudding table. Many brides and grooms feel that they must pay for all of their guest’s drinks –this can be a big unnecessary spend. Having wine on tables and then a bar, where guests can pay for their own drinks, can help you to stay in budget – and we’re sure your guests won’t mind buying their own booze, either!
The guest list
Back when our parents were getting married, it was a case of inviting everyone – great aunts, neighbours, work-colleagues and the like, seeing guest numbers rise well into the hundreds. Nowadays, thankfully, it’s much more chilled, with smaller and intimate weddings favoured, so don’t feel that you HAVE to invite everyone. Perhaps consider inviting close family and friends to the wedding and wedding breakfast, and then welcome colleagues and extended family to the evening reception. This will keep your finances in check AND mean that you spend the day with exactly who you want to – win, win!
Get hands on
One of the easiest ways to create YOUR dream day on a budget is by doing lots yourself, and roping in family and friends too, which can be fun and make all of the wedding party feel important! From the food to the wedding cake, to the flowers and decorations, you really can create wonders with little money and a bit of forward-planning. There’s plenty of tutorials online to give you inspiration. If you can’t afford a DJ (average cost is £450), why not ask all guests to submit their fave party song and create a playlist, yourselves?! It’s one way of guaranteeing everyone gets on the dancefloor for a celebratory boogie!
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