It may be your dream day, but that doesn’t mean that your wedding day should cause you financial nightmares now and for years to come!
You might be surprised to hear that the average cost of a wedding is £20,500 – or perhaps now that you are planning a wedding that figure might not appear so surprising but more overwhelming as the bills mount up and the credit card gets maxed out.
But there are ways you can cut the cost of your wedding day, you must simply think smarter and become a little more ruthless when it comes to cutting things out (and yes, we are referring to that guest list which could probably do with a trim). Here are some simple ways to cut the cost of your big day, if you’re struggling to meet your budget:
Do It Yourself
Everything from the save the dates and invitations to your table decorations can be created yourself. Not only is it a great way of injecting some personality into your big day, but it can also save you money if you stick to simple designs that can be created using card, some special markers and your own handwriting.
Ditch The Flowers
Okay, not entirely but if you have more greenery in your floral arrangements you can save some money and still have full, lush displays on the tables and to hold as you walk down the aisle. It’s also a good idea to choose flowers that are in season for the month your wedding takes place. Flowers out of season are harder to come by and therefore will cost more so buying those that are readily available can really help when it comes to cutting costs.
Book Out Of Season
The summer months are when brides and grooms to be come out and fight over the nearest venues, so save yourself the hassle and some money by booking your wedding out of season. It might be a little cooler but think of the thousands of pounds you can save – and the cute faux fur shrug you can wrap up in for outside photos.
Don’t Have Your Wedding On A Saturday
Much like booking out of season, having your wedding on any other day can save you money as weekends are sought after by couples.
It might mean some guests have to take some time out of their holiday allocation, but if you have your big day on a Friday they get a party and a nice long weekend out of it!
Choose A Venue That Doesn’t Make You Use Their Services
The bar and catering at certain venues might be convenient but it can be costly. However, finding your own will definitely save you money in the long run. Plus, you can choose food that you actually like and that reflects you and your partner’s tastes. Why not book a traditional fish and chip van or a taco stand to dish out delicious food to you and your guests?
Go Second Hand
Have a friend or family member who recently got married? Then they might have boxes of leftover wedding décor and stationery you can buy off them (or they might be kind enough to simply let you have it all!) Using second hand items on your wedding day isn’t cheap, it’s smart and leaves room in your budget to splurge on other elements you perhaps hadn’t thought you could spend much on.
But do bear in mind there are certain things that deserve a bigger chunk of your budget. Your wedding rings, for example, are going to be worn forever more and therefore need to be high quality, timeless and something you will cherish, therefore they can take up a little more of your budget. Head to a site such as 77diamonds.com where you can customise your own ring and still stick to a lower budget if needs be. Simply think about elements that you might not necessarily need and find alternatives or cut them out altogether!