While your wedding is one of life’s most romantic moments, it’s a good idea to consider the finances before walking down the aisle. Let’s look at a few easy ways to save without scrimping on style.
1. The big spend moments
According to a survey by national magazine You & Your Wedding , the average cost of a UK wedding is £20,983 (based on 83 wedding guests). Of this, over £3000 is spent on the venue hire and £2882 on food.
Catering for your guests is likely to take up the majority of your budget, so keeping your guest list to a minimum is an easy way of saving those pennies. Alternatively, consider getting married later in the day and serving your guests just one lovely meal in the evening. A long wedding day with lunch and dinner can double those catering costs.
As for the venue, fewer guests means a smaller space and generally lower cost. If you have the option of a summer marquee where you can bring in your own food and drink and require no heating… you’re on to a winner! Of course, the easiest way to save on these costs is to keep your wedding small and intimate – perhaps even overseas.
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2. Setting the date
Summer Saturdays are a popular choice for weddings and, with the increased demand comes an increase in prices. Many venues will lower their hire charge for a Monday to Thursday wedding and a winter date.
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It’s also wise to avoid key dates such as Valentine’s Day and the weekend of Mothering Sunday. Flower prices rise and will be passed on to you via your florist, and elements such as accommodation can be tricky and expensive.
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3. Simple money savers
- When it comes to menus, stick to seasonal produce and simple, beautifully presented food. Replace the fussy evening buffet with a selection of cheeses and rustic breads.
- Serve Prosecco or Cava in place of Champagne. Consider offering a long cocktail to welcome your guests, which will take longer to drink than a glass of fizz.
- Save on accessories by wearing family heirloom jewellery as your ‘Something Old’ and consider borrowing a veil or pretty handbag from a friend as your ‘Something Borrowed’.
- Ask one or two friends to be bridesmaids instead of four or five!
- Re-use where you can. Flowers can be transported from your ceremony venue to the reception space (pew ends make lovely chair back decorations)
- Keep flowers simple, effective and well placed. There’s no point spending on an elaborate arrangement in the ladies loo.
- Shop around for your wedding dress. Beautiful designs can be found on the high street and in vintage stores.
- Don’t over feed your guests. Serve canapés instead of a starter, or your wedding cake for pudding.
- Elaborate designs cost money. Keep your cake design simple, or consider a fun alternative such as a tower of doughnuts or wheels of cheese.
- When it comes to entertainment, skip the live band and opt for a DJ instead.
- Honeymoon at a later date. Escape for a few days after the wedding, but save the pennies for your honeymoon a few months, or even a year, down the line. It’s lovely to have something to look forward to!
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4. How to budget
‘Budget’ and ‘Wedding’ don’t sound like they should belong in the same sentence, but a little clever planning before you start spending can keep the stress away from your special day.
As soon as you get engaged, work out what you have to spend. If you want to spend more than you have… allow time to save!
Bear in mind that a beautiful wedding can be planned on a small budget. It’s all about being creative and planning wisely.
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Open a bank account that is dedicated to your wedding. Any money you spend on the wedding MUST come out of this account.
Set a ceiling amount for every element of the day, from your venue hire, transport and ceremony fees to your dress, shoes and wedding rings. If you overspend in one area, you need to pull back in another.
Tying that romantic knot is all about clever, creative planning and a little budget awareness. It’s time to get down on bended knee and start choosing those diamonds!
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