Planning a wedding to remember can be a costly business, with seemingly endless expenses on the venue, transport, styling, entertainment, bridalwear, groomswear, the list goes on…
However, there are ways to avoid breaking the bank, it’s just a matter of being savvy with cash and finding out where you can switch to a lower-cost version. Spending less doesn’t mean compromising on the big day and in some ways can add a personal touch to the details.
Inclusive wedding packages are the perfect solution for sticking to a budget. Not only does a good package offer great value, but it also allows for a stress-free planning process, as the finer details will be cared for.
Check to for a package that includes a wedding planner, or a complimentary menu trial, and discounted accommodation rates for guests. Some venues even offer a free overnight accommodation for the newlyweds – shop around and weigh each package up to see which works best for you.
Wedding gowns often come with eye-watering price tags, but luckily, there’s a host of alternative options for budding brides.
Sample sales are ideal for bagging a bargain on the dream dress; pre-loved dresses promises the same lovely look without the high cost; and there’s an impressive selection of gorgeous dresses available on the high street to boot.
Once couples have found their dream venue, it’s wise to consider the date of the big day; booking a Saturday wedding during the peak summer season will inevitably raise costs.
Instead, go for a weekday or Sunday, or choose a quieter month to tie the knot. January, February and March will not only offer better value, but allow couples to plan a wonderful winter wedding.
From stationery and signage to favours, going DIY is a great way to not only save some pennies, but to inject some personality into those special celebrations.
Pinterest is perfect for inspiration and offers a world of ideas; from flower paper lanterns and colourful centrepieces, to fairy light creations and homemade favours, couples can get creative.
Planning a wedding is the perfect excuse to ask for a favour! From budding bakers and talented hair stylists, to artistic types and green-fingered gurus, take advantage of potential helping hands.
What’s more, friends and family are likely to be pleased at the opportunity to help; it’s the ideal opportunity for making loved ones feel involved with the wedding celebrations.
When thinking about the all-important entertainment, why not create a personalised playlist, rather than opting for live entertainment? The happy couple can hear all of their favourite tunes and save on hiring fees.
However, if live music is important, there’s always the option to find a musician or band that’s up-and-coming and thus incurs lower costs. Meanwhile finding someone local can help reduce travel costs!
Professional wedding cakes certainly look incredible, but homemade creations are a great way to cut back on costs – and they can still taste great!
Whether couples know a talented baker who can whip up a showstopper, or a mum who cooks a mean Victoria sponge, guests will enjoy the sweet treat. And if a traditional tiered cake is overwhelming, why not batch cook some brownies, cupcakes or a few smaller cakes to display?
Brides will want to look and feel amazing on their big day, and this can be achieved without the help of make-up artists and hair stylists – it just takes a little practice to make things perfect.
Watch make-up and hair tutorials, book an appointment at a make-up counter, and ask for a friend’s help if needs be. Meanwhile, investing in quality products is likely to cost less than a professional’s time – and the bride can keep the goods long after the wedding.
Aside from the wedding day rhyme, borrowing items for the wedding is an obvious solution for saving. From jewellery and suits, to décor and tableware, cut the hire cost completely!
Aside from friends and family, brides-and-grooms-to-be can also search elsewhere for necessary items. For example, wine glasses can be borrowed from certain supermarkets for a small deposit, which will be returned after the wedding.
Flowers can be fantastic whatever the budget, as long as there’s a little planning. Most importantly, choosing seasonal blooms will cost less without compromising on style.
There’s also the option to adopt a DIY approach and make beautiful bouquets and arrangements at home. Alternatively if the bride dreams of the perfect bouquet, go for a professionally-made creation to carry down the aisle, but choose something simpler for the décor and bridesmaids.
Rather than shelling out for fancy save-the-dates and invitations, keep wedding guests informed of the plans by going digital.
Make a dedicated wedding website to keep everyone up-to-date, or create online invitations that can be emailed out. Even better, it prevents the possibility of people losing the information!
If there’s a friend or family member with a great set of wheels, couples can make a grand entrance or exit by borrowing a car for the day.
Another way to save on transport costs is to have the wedding ceremony and reception in the same place, thus cutting out the need to hire a car or bus, for example. Plus, it’s convenient for the wedding party!
Tuesday 04 September 2018
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