The happiest day of your life; that is what your wedding day is, but the build up can be an extremely stressful and expensive time. Before any planning for the big day, it is best to work out your overall budget. To keep track of your big day spending, write down the estimated costs in a budget planner and then regularly review the costs as you confirm with suppliers to ensure you stay on track.
If you are looking for an affordable wedding venue then small hotels, pub wedding venues and village halls will be the best places find a bargain. Don’t worry if the venue is fairly plain and simple as there are lots of easy and affordable ways that you can add pretty and stylish wedding décor to transform it.
No matter what size your wedding – you will still be paying between £400-£500 for your ceremony fees. If you are having a civil ceremony then this will cover the cost of the registrar and the marriage licence.
The dress – lots of ladies have had the dream dress in mind from being a little girl but that dream dress can come with a hefty price tag. If you are on a strict budget then the high street have some gorgeous options or you could try on white occasion wear dresses that will come with a cheaper price tag than a more traditional wedding dress.
You can get some fantastic shoes from the high street; keeping it simple with some plain white satin shoes or going glam with some glittering heels if you want to add some sparkle.
If you can’t stretch to paying for bridesmaid dresses, you could ask the girls to all wear a certain colour, using a dress they already own. Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are really on trend.
Suits for all the groomsmen can eat into your budget. If your groom and groomsmen have a simple suit already then save your pennies and instead splash out on fab new matching ties or cravats with a simple white shirt to transform their everyday suits into some seriously glamorous groomswear.
It’s tough but having fewer wedding guests will mean saving a dramatic amount of money. If you still want to have a great party then you could have a smaller guest list for the day time and then invite more people for a big party in the evening.
Be Prepared to DIY
It’s amazing how much money you can save by creating things yourself – try and make as much of your décor as you can. Candles and tealights add a magical atmosphere to your wedding and can be bought cheaper in bulk. You can also get some great vases from supermarkets and fill them with your own flowers. Choose from pretty bunting, signs and confetti.
Make your flower arrangements yourself. Go to a local flower market (or the supermarket!) where you can buy a mix of flowers and have a rustic look to your day. You could also consider paying a professional for your bridal bouquet – as it will be photographed a lot – and then making the ones for the bridesmaids and centrepieces.
Swap a traditional sit down wedding breakfast for a buffet style barbecue or hire in a mobile food truck. If your venue allows then you can let your wedding guests know that they can bring their own alcohol and that will help slash your catering costs.
Is a friend or family member an excellent cake maker? Get them to make your wedding cake; it could be their wedding gift to you. Alternatively, supermarkets have plain white cakes that you can decorate yourself, making a simple cake extra special by splashing out on some ribbon to edge the cake with, maybe some faux flowers and a cake topper.
A band or DJ might eat into too much of your budget so why not make your own wedding playlist and bring your own device. Just make sure you have a charger on hand and maybe even a back-up device just in case!
Instead of a traditional gift list, ask your friends and family to contribute towards your honeymoon. Then after the wedding, see what your budget is and book a fab trip away or go on a romantic mini-moon in the UK. You can also save any of your spare change to put towards your spending money.
Make Use of Your Friends and Family
If you have a friend who is a great photographer or a bridesmaid that is fantastic at makeup then don’t be afraid to ask for their help – they will be honoured to play such a big part in your special day
Stick to that budget and remember to just have a great day.