There’s plenty you can do to ensure you get your perfect wedding without getting in to debt…
Use a credit card
Using a credit card may seem like a strange option but it’s actually very sensible. Not only will it make large payments for the venue, dress etc more secure, it can also save you money. You can earn interest on your credit card spends, which as long as you keep on top of paying it off, can add up to some very good savings on your purchases.
Pay for daily purchases in cash
Unlike the wedding buys on card, consider using cash to get your regular day-to-day buys including your coffee at lunch, food shop and hair appointment. If you have a set amount of cash in your hand, it will stop you overspending and also make you realise just how much you have been cashing out for things you may not really need.
Take advantage of the season
Many couples forget that the season offers some of the best decorations, for free! In winter, many venues will be decorated with fairylights already, so you don’t need to buy any. Getting married in autumn? Fir cones, conkers and handpicked seasonal fruits and will give your wedding a really festive feel. For more popular spring and summer weddings, the in-season flowers are stunning.
Use discount codes
There are hundreds of discount code websites now that can save you a bundle. Make sure you do your research and also investigate wedding magazines/website reader offers to see if you can take advantage. Some mobile companies offer priority discounts and freebies to their customers too, which can save you money on your regular shopping. And don’t forget to use those clubcard points wherever possible!
Book in advance
Every year interest rates go up, so if you can afford to buy the big things early, such as the venue, then do it. Ensure that you get this year’s rates rather than the year you are going to wed and you could save a substantial amount of money.
Look for alternatives
You may assume that you know exactly what you want for the big day but have you even looked at alternatives? For example, you imagine big floral bouquets full of roses. Take out a handful of stems and pad out with pretty gypsophila and you’ve saved hundreds of pounds!
Take advantage of the sales
Black Friday, January sales, end of summer sales… These money-saving opportunities pop up year-round, so make sure you take advantage. January is particularly good as you can snap up some great Christmas decorations that can be used around your venue.
Wow factor for less
The things you may have thought are out of your budget needn’t be. Adding plenty of light and sparkle to your day will add instant glamour, and doesn’t have to cost the earth. One of the biggest trends right now is flower crowns, making you look fashion-forward, and they’re often cheaper than regular bridal hair accessories.