With the average cost of a UK wedding coming in at £24,716, it’s no surprise that many couples panic when it comes to funding their nuptials. Your dream wedding needn’t have to cost that much though. At Country House Wedding Venues, we’ve got plenty of budget-friendly ideas to help you save the pennies and enjoy an affordable and perfect wedding day.
Tip #1 Consider celebrating your wedding on a weekday or Sunday
Many wedding venues offer a different pricing structure depending on the day of your wedding and the season. If you’re looking for an easy way to save on costs, while still enjoying all the finer wedding elements, opt for a midweek wedding, or a wedding on a Sunday. Fridays and Saturdays are usually priced at a premium – as are mid-summer weddings. Keep this in mind when selecting your wedding date.
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Tip #2 Decide on your priorities right away
As soon as you begin planning your special day decide on which aspects are most important to you. Are flowers key to creating your boho dream? Or perhaps the food and entertainment are central to your wedding day? List every wedding element in order and allocate your budget accordingly, spending the most on the things that are important to you.
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Tip #3 Don’t be afraid to steer away from tradition
Not a fan of cake? Why not ditch the wedding cake and save yourself a reasonable chunk of money. Just because something is traditional, this doesn’t mean it has to be an essential part of your day. Likewise, if you’re not a fan of discos and dancing, why not enjoy an all-day celebration that comes to a close after an early evening dinner?
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Tip #4 Choose a venue that doesn’t need much décor
One thing many brides love about our barn wedding venues is their natural beauty. With beautiful beams and stylish rustic features, a number of our barns barely need any decoration at all. In turn, this means you’ll need to save fewer pennies to decorate the venue of your dreams.
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Tip #5 Do dabble with a bit of DIY
DIY touches are a great way to keep the costs down, but it’s important to consider your artistic skill and time available in order to minimise wedding stress and extra expense. Some things you might like to DIY include your wedding invitations, favours, big day make-up and elements of your table décor. Other things best left to the professionals include the food, wedding cake and your wedding flowers.
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Tip #6 Save on your wedding dress
There are plenty of ways to bag-a-bargain on your wedding dress. Shop the sample sales, browse the pre-loved websites, and even hit the high street shops. Many stores including Coast and Phase Eight stock stunning wedding gowns for a snip of the price of those you’ll find at bridal boutiques.
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Tip #7 Think outside-the-box when it comes to dinner options
Informal weddings and dining options are becoming more and more popular – and the best bit is that they’re more affordable too! Hog roasts, barbecues, street food and afternoon teas are all great alternatives to the traditional sit-down meal. These options are not only cheaper; they’re also equally as delicious and even more sociable. You can also save money by cutting the canapés and offering a light buffet in the evening.
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Tip #8 Be your own DJ
A simple way to cut the costs of your party music is to be your own DJ. Make a playlist on Spotify and plug your device into the sound system at your venue. While it may take a while to collate all the songs, you’ll have complete control over what is played during the night – plus the playlist to listen back to whenever you like!
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Tip #9 Take advantage of budget-friendly entertainment
Hiring acts such as bands and magicians can be pricey, but there are plenty of other ways you can entertain your guests without blowing your budget. During the day, why not set up some lawn games, such as giant Jenga, rounders and tug of war. You could also amuse little guests with fun foodie stations, such as cupcake decorating tables. Come evening, a DIY photo booth is sure to entertain the guests, and a sparkler or glow stick send-off is another affordable idea.
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Tip #10 Consider a delayed honeymoon
Paying out for the ultimate honeymoon and wedding can be costly. If you feel you’ll have to make too many comprises to afford both, why not enjoy a honeymoon later on in the year? Many popular Caribbean hotspots actually have better weather in the winter months rather than the summer months – another reason why delaying your honeymoon might be a good idea. It will also give you something else to look forward to after your big day. Alternatively, you could opt for a cheaper mini-moon.
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