Planning a wedding on a budget? The Wedding Coordinator at Liverpool Marriott Hotel shares her top money-saving advice…
Diane Normile, wedding coordinator at Liverpool Marriott Hotel, has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry and has managed more than 500 weddings. She says:
“The planning stage of a wedding has shifted from a typical two years in advance of the big day to as little as two months, and there are an increasingly number of couples who would rather opt for a low-key, intimate wedding with only their immediate family and friends. These days, people simply have other financial priorities, so there’s been a shift towards more bespoke ceremonies that are easier on the budget.”
To cater for your dream wedding without blowing the bank, think about where you can make cut-backs without taking away from your special day…
Food for thought
Hot fork buffets, BBQ or carvery options for your wedding breakfast can offer a nice twist and are often a little cheaper. With only your closest friends and family, a buffet or carvery is a little less formal and adds an element of fun, adding to the intimacy of a smaller occasion without taking away from the quality
Ditch the decor
Table centres and decorations aren’t always necessary, as traditional white linen is very on trend and is often included. Sometimes less is more, and everyone’s eyes are most likely going to be on you rather than on your table settings. Table plans and menus are also sometimes provided by your venue, so make sure you ask about this, as it can save both time and money during the planning process
Some venues also offer excellent packages for those with a smaller budget, so don’t rule out any of your dream locations too early. The Liverpool Marriott, for example, has just launched a wedding package for only £1,000, which caters for 25 guests and includes a four course wedding breakfast, wine, fizz, exclusive hire of Olivier’s Restaurant, overnight accommodation and a one month gym membership for the bride and groom to be. We noticed a real demand for more intimate ceremonies in the area and wanted to offer a premium product without being too expensive, so make sure you ask around before striking anything off your list, as you might be surprised by how far your budget could go
Don’t rule out tying the knot in your local registry office, especially if your dream venue is close by. It can cost as little as a couple of hundred pounds, leaving plenty of budget to splash out a little more on your perfect reception. Not all registry offices are local town halls – for example, in Liverpool, the local ceremonies take place in the very prestigious St. Georges Hall.
The guest list
It can be difficult to stick to, but try your best to create a strict guest list during the planning stages. A small wedding can easily become a large one when you take into consideration everyone’s partners and children. Agree on a maximum number of guests and give some real thought to who in your closest circles you’d like to attend
Bring in the professionals
Speak to a wedding planner and get as much advice as possible. The majority of wedding coordinators will be more than happy to help you organise your special day under a limited budget and they will use their experience to tailor a package for you, so that you can sit back and enjoy the fun parts without having to stress about the smaller things
Spread the cost
Ask your venue how payment can be spread out. You can then try to pay off the costs in monthly instalments so there are no big surprises later and your planner can support you with a budget planning tool so you don’t feel overwhelmed
Most importantly, relax and enjoy the planning stages! A smaller budget doesn’t have to a mean a boring process. Immerse yourself in the fun of it and enjoy the excitement in the lead up to your big day!
For more information about Liverpool Marriott Hotel and their fab wedding packages, visit marriott.co.uk now to start planning your dream day!