We show you how to get your dream day under budget with these brilliant planning tips
This may be an expense but it could save you thousands of pounds in the long run. Wedding insurance covers everything you need to ensure that your deposits are safe! It only costs between £20-30 as a one off payment, so it’s worth every penny for peace of mind.
Check out the sales
From post summer offers on Pimm’s and garden party décor to January sales for fairylights post Christmas, often the biggest savings come from having a little faith and patience to wait.
One of the biggest expenses for a wedding is the honeymoon. You’ll most likely book the trip of a lifetime, and they don’t come cheap. Rather than forking out for it when you have the actual wedding day to fund, instead plan where you’d like to go and ask for money from guests to pay for it shortly after the wedding.
The wedding breakfast can work out at a lot per head, so keep numbers down for the ceremony and meal, starting earlier in the day, then have an earlier ‘evening’ party late afternoon with plenty more guests and a buffet.
The famous rhyme can work in your favour. Borrow a veil, shoes, jewellery etc from your close friends and family. It all helps!
Get family to help
Use your best friends’ and family’s skills to help you save money in the build up to the wedding. From having a live performance from a talented friend to a graphic designer in the family creating all your wedding stationery. It could be their wedding gift to you.
Are there any big-day details you can make yourself? Maybe bake your own cake or make your own stationery? Could you do your own floral arrangements or make your own favours? Check to see how long things take to create and if it works out cheaper. If you don’t have the patience or aren’t 100% confident, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals!
Another way to cut costs is to scrap the wedding breakfast altogether and have a wedding later in the day with all the guests instead and a self serve dinner to keep costs down.
Make a spreadsheet
Keeping on top of your finances is essential in the build up to the big day, but not only does it help keep you on track, it also monitors your spending. You could make one for the wedding and one for day-to-day expenses and see where you can make cuts to fund the wedding. You could find that quitting those lattes at lunch could allow you to buy your dream shoes!
Choose a cheap date
There are some dates in the diary that are inevitably cheaper than others. For example, midweek weddings are a lot cheaper than Friday-Sunday. Or Friday 13th will never be a popular choice for suspicious couples! Although becoming more popular, the autumn and winter seasons will also be cheaper than peak sons in spring and summer.
It pays to book early! It’s 2016, if you book your venue for 2018 now, you can make sure you pay this year’s rates, rather than the inflated prices over the following two years. This is always worth checking when you put down your deposit.
If you have access to a wholesaler for food, alcohol or even decorations and materials, use it to bulk buy for your wedding. This will inevitably be the cheapest option for you and you can get high quality without blowing the budget.
Check out corkage fees
Corkage fees can be extremely expensive, and hardly worth doing, but it’s always worth checking. If the corkage fee is reasonable, you could get your favourite tipples for less than the house wines.
Rent or buy?
Are you going to want to be left with tonnes of flowers, bunting, sweetie bar and decorations after the wedding day? Why not hire instead of buying if it could save you money? It will mean less clutter too!
Scrap the favours
Favours are a wedding tradition, but not essential. These little gifts can add up, but if you’re having a sweetie bar or photo booth, they are favours in their own right, so additional treats aren’t needed.
Don’t buy too early
Many brides make the mistake of getting very excited shortly after engagement and buying everything wedding related in sight! These details you buy here and there soon add up, and when you finally decide your theme, look and dress, they may not be suitable for the big day and you’ve wasted a ton of money. Be patient and wait until you have the big things ironed out before diving into the details.
Make your own photobooth
Becoming an increasingly popular trend, DIY photobooths using cameras on tripods or polaroids plus a bucket full of props and fancy dress, you and your guests will have bundles of fun at a snip of the cost.
Gifts before the wedding
Toasters, kettles and clocks are not really the most common items on wedding gift lists nowadays as most couples already live together before marriage. If you don’t need honeymoon funding, why not ask for contributions towards the actual wedding day as a gift, rather than an after thought? This way your guests are gifting you the day of your dreams.
Cash back/nectar points
Spending on your credit card when purchasing large wedding items is not only sensible, but it’s also a great way of making money! You can get great interest and money back for spending, which can then be put towards other items for the big day.
Check magazines and websites for any discounts or competitions for things you like. You’ll be surprised by how much is out there, and application only takes a second. You’ve got to be in it to win it!
Be picky with the stationery
When it comes to wedding stationery, don’t feel you need to buy everything! Do you need a menu on the tables if there isn’t an option? Do you need an order of service if there aren’t any songs or readings? Aside from the invitations and place names, not all wedding stationery is necessary.