Need to make some vital cuts to the wedding budget? Here are the areas where people cut back most, according to a recent poll from Nationwide…
If you’re working to a wedding budget (as most brides are!), you’re inevitably going to have to make some cutbacks in order to prevent massively overspending on your big day. The problem is, where do you begin?
Nationwide recently took a poll of 2,000 married people to ask them about their wedding spending habits, and found that couple were forced to budget strictly to battle the rising cost of weddings, with nearly a third of people making cutbacks in order to stay on track. Here’s what they cut down on (or out all together!) in order to save cash…
Cut back on: the wedding dress
48% of all the polled couples said they kept costs down by cutting back on the wedding dress costs – which makes sense for a dress that you can only wear once! If you have your heart set on a designer gown but don’t have the dough, make sure to keep your eye out for sample sales or end of season clearouts, when you’ll be able to scoop up a designer style for a fraction of the price. You can also make great savings if you shop for your gown at wedding fairs or trunk shows.
Cut back on: the number of guests
The quickest way to cut down on overall costs is to slash your guest list – which is exactly what 47% of the people Nationwide polled did! There are plenty of ways to cut down on the number of people you’re inviting, including having a child-free wedding, or implementing a ‘no ring, no bring’ policy on partners, as Pippa Middleton did for her big day. Check out our article on cutting the guest list for more tips!
Cut back on: food
If you’re wincing at your catering quote, then do what 42% of the poll respondents did and cut back on your wedding food! It’s a lot easier said than done, and no-one will go hungry – we promise! Little tweaks that you can make to save money include skipping starters (especially if you’ve also provided canapes before dinner), serving your wedding cake as the dessert rather than having a separate pudding, and sourcing your own cheese and crackers for the venue to set out as an evening snack, rather than having evening food cooked on site.
Cut out: favours
If you’re looking for something that you can cut out entirely, follow the lead of 43% of the polled couples and drop your favours! It may sound like wedding sacrilege, but the majority of guests won’t miss the favours, and lots of them get left on table anyway! If you’re feeling bad, donate to a charity in lieu of favours – it won’t save you as much money, but it’ll avoid any awkward questions and means you get to put the cash to better use.
Cut out: the wedding car
Depending on what you hire and how far you’re travelling, the cost of a wedding car can easily stack up – which is why 35% of people axed it from their budget. Instead of hiring a private car, why not ask a family member or friend with a nice car to drive you on the day? Alternately, you could ask a member of a local car enthusiast club whether they’d be willing to drive you for a donation.
Cut out: a paid bar
Who has the money to pay for a free bar anymore?! Not 33% of the poll respondents, who opted for cash bars instead to cut down on costs. It’s perfectly acceptable these days to have a cash bar at the reception, as long as you provide drinks for dinner and the toasts.
For more money-saving ideas and advice, check out our Budget section for clever tips and tricks!