Planning your wedding on a small budget
You don’t have to break the bank to have a beautiful, meaningful wedding day. Here’s how to save cash without looking cheap!
Most importantly, remember that you only truly need three things to have a successful wedding day: a bride, a groom, and an officiant. Everything else is optional.
The Wedding Dress
Many women spend a good chunk of their lives dreaming of the beautiful frock they will wear on our wedding day, It is possible, to find a gorgeous gown for far less than the astronomical prices charged by bridal salons.
There are lots of alternative options to get a dress, even a designer gown, at a far lower price than at a bridal salon. Auction websites and second hand shops. have beautiful designer gowns at a fraction of the cost.
Wedding Day Beauty
Don’t buy an expensive veil. You would be spending upwards of £200 for fabric that really only costs a few pounds dollars per yard. Buy the fabric and have one made, you’ll save hundreds of pounds. You can skip the veil and wear a beautiful jewelled comb or flowers in your hair.
Your Guest List
The single easiest way to slash your budget is by slashing your guest list. Your wedding is a celebration, but it is also a very intimate moment.
Do you really need to invite work colleagues who aren’t rue friends? Or second cousins twice removed that you haven’t seen since you were in nappies?
When budgeting is a concern, keep your guest list to immediate family and the closest of friends. Not only will this save you wads of cash, but you will enjoy spending this meaningful day with the people you value the most.
The Wedding Reception
Your wedding reception will probably be the most expensive chunk of your day, barring your honeymoon. To cut costs, consider these tweaks. Have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday. Hold anything but a dinner party — brunch, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dessert/champagne and cake, even a lunch garden picnic will all save you tons of cash over a full dinner.
Wedding flowers can easily run you in the thousands. To cut costs, make sure you order only blooms that are in-season. Order loose stems and make the arrangements yourself.
You might also try ordering flowers without mentioning they’re for a wedding, because sometimes the simple mention of matrimony can bump the price up a couple notches. Just say you’re buying flowers for a party.
You can skip…
Most guests toss wedding favours anyway. If you really want to leave something bake yummy treats yourself.
Chances are you will only watch a wedding video once or twice, yet spend thousands on its production. Add this money into your still photography budget instead. You could even ask guests to record some moments for you.
Ask a friend or relative with a nice car if you can use it for the trip to the church and reception. Once you’ve added a ribbon to the front and the door handles it will look the part and save you £’s on wedding car hire.
Don’t skimp on
Hire the absolute best photographer that you can afford. If you try to cut corners here, you are guaranteed to regret it each and every time you look at your wedding photos. A great photographer is one of the most important investments you can make. Remember, you are asking them to record a piece of family history — one that will last for generations to come.
You can make your own to save money but you can also buy affordable wedding invitations which have been professionally printed from just 60p each. Alternatively get your wedding invitations printed cheaply and then add your own embellishments to save money. Wedding invitations set the tone and style of your wedding day so don’t skimp.