We share five top tips for planning an Instagram-worthy wedding, without the hefty price tag!
So, you’re following all the most gorgeous wedding-related Instagram accounts and have countless Pinterest boards on the go, but how do you afford all these incredible details?! The latest National Wedding Report from Bridebook.co.uk has revealed that the average cost of a UK wedding is now £30,355, thanks to rising supplier costs and the desire for personalised, Instagram-worthy weddings!
Luckily Paula Gorry from Stampin’ Up! UK is here with her top 5 tips for planning a stunning celebration, without blowing the budget…
Hand-make your invites
Creating your own invitations is a perfect, and super simple, way to pinch the pennies. Work out how many invites you’ll need to make, and then you can decide how complex you want to go with your design. The beauty of making your own invites is that you can really personalise them to your taste. Chic and muted, bright and bold or somewhere in between- the choice is yours! If you’re lacking creative inspiration, there are some fantastic products on the market, including pre-folded cards, stamps, ink and other decorations, that will make the job much easier.
Get your Bake On
A dab hand with a piping bag? Making your own wedding cake is an easy way to save some sterling. If baking’s not your thing, asking a friend or family member if they’d like to make your cake could be a great way of making them feel involved, while also saving money!
Or maybe you don’t want a cake but still want to offer your guests a sweet and memorable treat? Get creative and consider a layered tower of cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, or choose your favourite sweet (or savoury) treat of choice! Some of the best creative ideas we’ve seen include a pancake stack, a rice crispy cake and even an eight tier cheese “cake” made up of assorted types of cheese.
Decorate with your own style
Why not consider making your own decorations? It’s a fun and easy way to cut costs and truly make sure your venue reflects your own personal style.
Bunting looks great for rustic, country-style weddings and is incredibly easy to make. Paper lanterns and painted votives are perfect for creating an ethereal, fairy-tale inspired look. If big and bold is more your style, think about creating your own centrepieces. Paper or fabric flower centrepieces are a great wilt-free option for the summer, or if you want to keep it real, think about sourcing and arranging flowers yourself instead of employing a florist. You can be as creative as you like with your colour scheme and arrangements; a DIY flower “chandelier” suspended from the ceiling or a wall of hanging flowers would both make memorable talking points.
Send a thoughtful thank you
With making invitations being so simple, it makes sense to do the same with your save the dates and thank you cards. The techniques are largely the same and with added opportunity for personalisation, your guests will be sure to appreciate the added effort. Small additions like colour co-ordinating your envelopes or ink, or adding personalised decorations, will emphasise your thoughtfulness. You can even hand-make favours and gifts for your bridal party for an extra personal touch.
Get smarter with your stationery
From table plans, anyplace names, to signs and guest books, your wedding stationery costs all start to add up. There are plenty of inexpensive hacks for creating your own professional looking stationery. Think about using stamp sets, dies or stencils, for example, to create a perfect look in keeping with your wedding theme. Don’t forget presentation – be imaginative and think outside the box. Consider presenting your table plan in a thrifty frame or mirror for a vintage theme, or use large potted plants for a floral wedding.
These are just a few easy ways to keep your wedding costs down, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Spread the creativity and invite your bridal party to get involved and give you a helping hand – saving money and having fun whilst planning your wedding has never been so easy!
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