Part 2 of our budget-friendly guide…
Make life swaps
Rather than scrimping on things you want for the wedding, instead look at your spending in ordinary living. Do you really need those meal deals and takeaways? Are you using that gym membership? If you are wasting money day-to-day, cut it out and you’ll save in no time, not to mention breaking bad habits!
Check corkage fees
In many cases, corkage fees can be extremely expensive and barely worth doing, but this isn’t always the case. Some venues will offer low rates that allow you to provide your own favourite tipples that are more reasonably priced than their house wines. Before you rule it out, make sure you check. You could always raid the supermarkets after Christmas and take full advantage of all the offers!
Make it yourself
Although not necessarily a money-saving option, often if you’re willing to put your own skills (or those of your friends and family) to the test, you could save a bundle. Making your own details will also make your day more personal to you, too. Just make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Set your priorities
It can be really easy to just go in head first after you get engaged and buy everything wedding related! But this really isn’t sensible, as most of what you buy early on won’t actually be suitable for the day as your theme and styling evolves throughout the planning process. Instead, sit down together and prioritise what’s most important to you (venue, dress, photographer etc) and set a budget to each supplier individually. When you then have these in place, you can start looking at the finer details. This should prevent you from spending a little here and there on all the unnecessary bits, which really do add up!
Think about how you can get what you want for free. Instead of hiring a videographer if they’re just too expensive, why not ask guests to record messages on someone’s phone and then compile them after the big day? Or if you can’t afford a photobooth, just use some props from home and find a space with a nice backdrop in your venue to make your own photobooth using a digital camera. If you put your mind to it you could have exactly what you want, for nothing!
Ask your girls for help
Your bridesmaids are there to support you on your big day. Don’t feel embarrassed or bad about asking them to contribute towards their outfits, for example. Give them a colour you want them to wear and let them choose their own dresses – not only will this look really quirky, it will also make asking them to pay less awkward as you know they’ve chosen something they are happy to wear and will wear again after the wedding.
Buy a terramundi pot
These ceramic pots are such a great idea for couples trying to save. Whether you go for £1, £2 coins or just any loose change, pop it into your wedding pot whenever you can, as these can only be opened by smashing them, therefore making you resist dipping in and out of them. Then, when your pot is full or you’re near final payment deadlines, you smash it open and use the cash. There will be a lot more saved than you think!
Saying ‘I do’ overseas is actually a great way to save for a number of reasons. Only limited people will make the effort to attend (usually those you really want to be there!), which will keep costs per head down. With limited space on the plane you’ll be less tempted to buy lots of little details, too. And, of course, the pound is very strong currently, so package rates could be much lower than booking a UK wedding.