Money Saving Expert’s senior writer, Sally Francis, shares advice on how to cut down costs for your wedding.
“Don’t be afraid to haggle on elements of your wedding, whether that means getting money off things like rings or having something extra thrown in such as button holes when arranging your flowers.”
When it comes to cutting costs, you need to decide what’s important to you and your partner. Sally says: “There will be some things you really want to have and some things you’re happy to take or leave. For example, if you want a band in the evening, then cut the cost of sending invites and perhaps rethink sending save the dates and doing wedding favours. Want a photo booth? They’re not cheap but there are apps you can download to do something similar. You just need to buy props and find a suitable space in your venue to set it up, plus have a tablet you’re happy to use.”
“Also think about doing some things yourself” Sally continues, “like making a wedding cake for example. Not much of a baker? Marks & Spencer has great options at a much better price than a specialist wedding cake maker.”
However, you need to remember that most crucial thing is that as much as it is one of the most important days of your life, it is just one day. “Seriously consider the implications of borrowing money to pay for it,” Sally warns, “starting married life worrying about money is one sure way to kill the honeymoon period straight away.”
So how do you save money? Here’s a list of money-saving ideas for your big day:
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Having a smaller, more modest bouquet is another way to keep costs low for a wedding. Or, alternatively use big blooming flowers to create the illusion of a large bouquet.
Buying in season flowers will also reduce spending as florists won’t need to source the flowers from afar. Flowers like roses, calla lilies and orchids are also great for a wedding as they bloom all year round.
Using greenery will also help bulk out your bouquet, plus according to Alex from the Great British Florist, greenery and foliage one of this seasons most popular wedding flowers.
Picking a simpler fabric (no lace or embellishments) is a sure-fire way to keep the costs down on your dress. Avoiding custom alterations, like changing the neckline of a dress will also keep the spending to a minimum.
Shopping at the right time will also help keep costs down. Wedding dress shops will quite often host big winter and summer sales to make room for next seasons stock.
Nowadays, it’s even easier to save money on a wedding gown with more and more high-street stores like Topshop and Lipsy announcing their bridal ranges, with prices averaging at around £300.
Picking an unconventional day or season can save you a whole load of money. A weekday wedding can sometimes even save you up to 50 per cent.
Picking a weekday, of course, may mean that guests find it harder to attend but florists and photographers will be cheaper on those days too.
Consider a ‘mini-moon’ or a holiday within the UK. This country is a beautiful place and there are plenty of areas to explore for an amazing honeymoon.
Set a price limit and talk to your travel agent. They can tell you what you can get for your amount and let you know of the best deals.
Choose an off-season holiday. Flight and hotel prices drop considerably low out of term-time, so why not wait a while and jet off somewhere beautiful in September time?