Having a unique wedding day doesn’t mean blowing the budget! Here are some savvy wedding ideas that’ll make all the difference to your big day, but won’t cost the earth…
Wedding balloons are an easy way to make a big statement without the price tag to match, and can transform a room in seconds. Before you start to worry, we’re not talking children’s party balloons here, we’re talking big, high-quality latex balloons in gorgeous colours and designs. Have your bridesmaids hold them as they walk down the aisle, or use one per table as a centrepiece. You can even jazz them up with pretty tassel tails or fill them with confetti.
Print your own wedding stationery
Stationery is a major part of the day when it comes to creating your wedding theme, so doing your own can really make a difference in both budget and personalisation. If you, your partner or a friend have great graphic design skills, then you can design your own labels, invitations and on-the-day stationery from scratch and have them printed at a local printer. Alternatively, if you’d rather have a creative professional come up with the design, plenty of fantastic stationery companies in the UK will offer digital printables, which means that they’ll create a unique design for your wedding and send it over in PDF form for you to have printed up at home or with a local printer.
Have a big wedding cake bake-off
Wedding cakes can quickly become a pricey detail, and can easily be overlooked if you opt for a plain design. Make your cake more memorable and save money by holding a cake bake-off, having your family and close friends bring homemade cakes and desserts for everyone to enjoy at your reception. It’ll give your dessert table a far more personal touch, and means that your guests have plenty of sweet treats to choose from.
Buy investment decor
This may not sound like it’s going to save you money, but trust us – in the long run it’s totally worth it! The key to making the most of your wedding decorations is to buy reusable pieces wherever possible, and to keep waste to a minimum. Instead of buying bulk items that are either going to end up in the bin or sat in your garage, invest in pieces that you’d be happy to have in your home after the big day, such as vases, glassware, bar carts, rugs, cushions and pillows. They’ll make all the difference to your décor and won’t end up a wasted expense.
Pick statement shoes
Instead of shelling out on a pair of ivory shoes you’ll only wear once, why not choose a pair of bright statement heels that you can wear again after the big day? It’ll completely change up your look, and means that you’ll have a wearable reminder of your day.
Have a night-time wedding
Did you know that thanks to laws passed in England and Wales in 2012, you can technically get married at any time of day? Having your wedding in the evening not only gives your celebration a romantic, intimate feel, but also means that you save money on catering costs as you’ll only have to feed everyone once! For a short but sweet celebration, you could get married at sunset, before heading to a beautiful candle-lit reception, with plenty of fairylights, both indoors and out. If you and your husband are party animals, you can even host a dance party until the small hours, with glow sticks and a silent disco!
Keep your accessories in the family
Instead of buying brand new wedding jewellery, raid your family’s jewellery box for any heirloom pieces that complement your bridal outfit. Not only does wearing your parents’ or grandparents’ jewellery mean that you’ll have ticked your ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’ off the list, but you can guarantee that no other bride has your unique wedding jewellery. Win-win!
Hire a face-painter
This fun idea won’t cost much, but it’ll keep younger guests (and some older ones!) happy and make for some brilliant photos. This is particularly fitting entertainment if you’re having a festival-themed wedding, or a summer fete-style celebration.
Choose single-bloom bouquets
If you want to make an impact with your flowers but don’t have the high-end budget to match, buying a single sort of flower in bulk can help keep costs down while still looking modern and beautiful. Gypsophila and daisies are perfect for a boho theme, tulips and carnations are romantic, and sunflowers and gladioli are wow-factor statement blooms.
Have a picnic
There’s no rule that says you must have a sit-down three-course meal for your big day. In fact, more casual dining such as a buffet, a BBQ or an afternoon tea can be just as a delicious but save you serious cash in the long run. We love the idea of a summer picnic wedding breakfast, with guests sat on blankets and enjoying hampers full of sandwiches, pies, salads and fruit (as well as fizz, of course!). A fun idea that won’t cost the earth.
Use natural place names
Using natural objects can make a real difference to the look of your table settings, but don’t cost a thing! In fact, they’ll even save you on printing costs. Use leaves from trees or bushes for a green feel (or use fallen leaves for an Autumn wedding), pebbles or shells for a beach wedding theme, or even home-grown apples or pears! Just write the guests’ names on your chosen item in silver, gold or black marker pen for a pretty place name with impact.
This last idea doesn’t cost a thing, but can make more of an impact than any decorations. Taking the time to write a personalised place setting note to each of your guests, thanking them for coming is a sure-fire way to make your guests feel loved and welcome, making it a memorable detail that brides of all budgets should include.
If you’re having trouble working out your wedding budget, check out these top tips from wedding planner Marie Haverly today!