A big-day saving philosophy at the click of your fingers! We love these bridal pound-saving tips from app WonderBill…
Big-day saving tips from those in the know: Shane Clifford, Co-Founder and CEO of household bill management app WonderBill, shares how to save precious pounds and finance in fabulous style for your fairytale day, even on a shoestring budget…
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DIY is your friend
Not only is DIY a great way to spend an afternoon with your spouse-to-be or best friends, it’s also incredibly cost effective. Instead of spending hundreds on bespoke printed invitations, why not opt for hand-written personal ones? You can also save money by asking for the help of your professional friends as wedding gifts. If you’ve got a friend who makes incredible food, ask for them to help provide a buffet or cake, or maybe your friend with an artistic eye could be your photographer (they may already know your best angles!).
Start saving early
Part of your married life is going to be managing your joint finances, so use your engagement as a trial run. See if you can start budgeting more, as what you can save will make your wedding easier in the long run. Start with your household bills – you can use WonderBill (either the website or the app) to track all of your household bills in one place, along with great provider comparisons and easy switching. There are plenty of other ways you can cut down on your monthly outgoings, like cancelling old subscriptions and saving on your food shopping by choosing cheaper brands. Every penny counts as you countdown to your big day.
Keep it personal
Make sure your dream day doesn’t get bigger then you can afford. Whilst some people might find it tempting to invite just about everyone they’ve ever met to their wedding, this is actually an expensive mistake to make. You’ll be responsible for a much bigger crowd, have to pay higher fees for a more spacious venue with extra food and you could end up having a more stressful day as a result. Keep your guestlist for the ceremony restricted to family and close friends and host a larger evening do for other guests.
The world we live in is fantastic when it comes to digital solutions. In fact, instead of sending out wedding invites physically, why not send an eCard? It’ll be a lot cheaper and easier for invitees to sync with their personal calendars. Another options is to host a simple website with all the details of your wedding, making it really easy for friends and family to find the details. This also creates a central place to share maps, photos, gift lists and other personal touches.
Location, location, location
One of the most expensive parts of a wedding is the venue. Choosing a large venue in the middle of summer? That’s going to burn a hole in your pocket. Opting for a more modest venue at an off-peak time can save you a lot of money. Why not have a winter wonderland theme or even a Halloween theme? Remember that weekday weddings are usually much cheaper than weekends, and those you love won’t mind taking a couple of days holiday from work to share your special day with you.
Now that you’re ready to plan your special day, the biggest thing you should remember is to enjoy it. It’s easy to get swept up in plans and worrying, but ultimately, it’s the day you’re going to marry the person you love most and that’s pretty amazing in itself. Congratulations and enjoy your wedding!
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