Ten ways engaged couples can cut back to save for the big day1 August, 2016
We’ve asked Sonia from wedding blog Want That Wedding to run down a few tips to help engaged couples to cut down on their outlay for the big day…
So you’re newly engaged and you’re about to jump into the depths of wedding planning – super exciting but also a little daunting! But fear not brides and grooms, you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to tying the knot. We’ve put together 10 effective tips to help you save money while planning your dream day…
As a bride, you’ve always dreamed of your perfect wedding dress. Whether it’s a huge princess gown or a simple classy number, wedding gowns are pretty expensive.
Ranging from £500 to £2000, your dress will take a huge chunk out of your wedding budget. But there are other options out there if your budget doesn’t cover the cost of a brand new wedding dress – why not search for a second-hand dress on a pre-loved website? It can still be your dream dress, just a lot more affordable!
Week day wedding
You’ll save yourself a whole ton of money if you say ‘I do’ on a week day, rather than at the weekend. Your chosen wedding venue will bring the costs right down if you get married on a week day. Just be sure to make your guests aware of the date well before the wedding day so that people can get the time off work.
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Marry in off-peak season
Much like getting married during the week, if you get married in the off-peak season (generally the Autumn and Winter months) you’ll get a much cheaper deal at your wedding venue. You’re also more likely to bag some bargains with other wedding suppliers, such as florists or wedding stylists.
Save with your stationery
If you’re looking to save money in the wedding planning process, it’s time to DIY! Although making your own wedding stationery will take a lot of time and effort, it’ll also help to keep your wedding budget spreadsheet looking healthy. If you haven’t got time to DIY go paperless instead! It’s completely acceptable to send your save the dates and invitations as emails to your wedding guests – it’s quick, it’s free and as a bonus, it’s environmentally friendly too.
Marry later in the day
If you’ve got a strict budget to stick to, it’s worth considering getting married later on in the day.
This means you won’t have to feed your guests as frequently – you might not even have to have a sit-down wedding meal depending on the time of day. This will help you to save money, allowing you to invest elsewhere in the wedding planning.
Possibly the most obvious tip, but also the most political. It’s easy to get carried away when putting together your guest list, but it’s important to question whether your second cousin’s boyfriend really needs to attend your wedding? Narrowing down your wedding guest list will seriously help to cut costs – through food, invitations, favours and much more.
Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help! Chances are, they’ll love helping you plan the most important day of your lives and it’s important to make people feel included.
If you have a family friend who can make the wedding cake, ask! Or if your bridesmaids can help out with the flower arrangements, ask! This will help lower costs considerably and it also helps to bring family and friends closer.
Ceremony and reception venues
Why not consider having your wedding ceremony and reception in the same place? Although many couples move from one place to another, getting married in one place will eliminate unnecessary travel costs that can quickly add up.
Skip the favours
Favours for the guests are seen as traditional, but they’re not always needed. The majority of guests will have forgotten all about the wedding favours by the time the drinks start flowing.
Swap the DJ
Having music entertainment for the evening is crucial if you want to get people on the dance-floor, but unfortunately hiring a band or DJ can come with a huge price tag.
If you’ve got a modest budget, think about simply creating a playlist on your phone that can play throughout the evening. We love the idea of asking your guests on the RSVPs to write down their favourite song, so you can add it to the playlist. This is a super easy and fun way of saving money!
There are lots of different ways that you can cut back on your wedding to save costs, and it’s important to prioritise the areas you’d like to splurge on and save on.