We have all heard stories of friends and family who have spent tens of thousands of pounds on their wedding day. While this is all well and good for those who are happy to spend the money, for many, that money can be spent on things such as a house deposit or a new car. If you are one of those who believe that spending an extortionate amount of money on your big day is a little over the top then you need to look at ways of planning a wedding on a budget.
Everyone has different ideas when it comes to their wedding day. However, having a smaller wedding budget does not mean you have to miss out on the things that matter, it just means that you need to think outside of the box a little more. This alone is fun and exciting, so read on to find out how to plan a wedding on a budget!
Purchase Your Wedding Dress in a sale
You often hear of stories of brides who have spent thousands of pounds on their designer dresses but it is possible to purchase a dress on a budget. It is common for bridal designers to have sample sales towards the end of the season and this means you can still find the dress of your dreams at a reduced price.
Have Your Wedding during the Week
Traditionally, weddings take place on the weekend and usually on a Saturday but this is when you will pay a premium for most aspects of your wedding. If you choose to hold your wedding during the week, you will find that you can save as much as a third on the price.
Use a Low Key Venue
You might want your wedding to take place in a sprawling stately manor house or a venue with spectacular views but with this comes a significant price. However, in spite of this, there are some amazing venues out there that are not traditionally known as wedding venues and the best thing about them is that you can save thousands by choosing one.
Use your Friends
Times have changed and it is no longer a case of using expensive professionals for everything because your friends can be a talented bunch of people. If you have friends who are hairdressers, bakers or even photographers, you can ask them to help you out. The chances are, they will love to contribute to your big day while doing it all for free or in place of a wedding gift. This is where you can really cut costs.
Borrow a Car
There is nothing wrong with wanting to arrive at your wedding in style but there is no need to pay over the odds for a car that you will only spend a short time in. Ask around friends and family to find out if any of them have a luxury car you could borrow. It does not have to be a ludicrously expensive car but one that looks smart, is spacious and comfortable will often do the trick.
Merge Favours and Place Names
The cost of both can amount to hundreds of pounds so why not find favours that can also act as a place name? Think of shot glasses with names engraved into them, small photo frames with names inside or even a personalised chocolate. Guests will have something they can keep plus they will know where to sit! Genius!
Save on Desserts
While the meal is an important part of the day, by the time desserts are served your guests are more than likely ready to party and celebrate your day on the dance floor. Therefore, save money on fancy desserts by serving your wedding cake. The saving will mean you can go for a slightly more expensive wedding cake that looks great and tastes even better.
There are so many ways in which you can save money on your big day. Regardless of your wedding budget, it is surprisingly easy to save money on certain elements of your wedding with very little effort. All it takes is creativity, clever thinking and some help from your friends!
Are you planning your wedding on a budget?
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