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The average wedding costs a shocking £30,000 so many couples like to find ways to cut back. As James Martin (money saving expert) says “While a wedding is a wonderful dream day, it’s important to remember that one of the biggest causes of divorce is debt and financial worries. If the cost of your wedding leaves you financially crippled and in debt for most of your married life, it’s a pointless waste.” Budgeting your wedding couldn’t be any easier with modern technology so there is no reason to worry about finance and debt once the magical day is over if you plan carefully and be honest with yourselves about what you can afford. Here’s some tips:
- Have a long engagement. Take as much time as necessary to save money for the magical day. Additionally, some suppliers allow you to book your wedding venue years in advance which can help save a lot.
- Have a weekday wedding. Tying the knot on a week day is much cheaper than at the weekend, sometimes saving you thousands of pounds.
- Get married at home. Now the government has listed the locations of where you can legally marry this is something to consider if you have the space. This liberates all the decisions often imposed on you by venues such as food and booze spending as well as closing time!
- Get married very local… If you’d like a wedding day with a long guest list on a budget, sticking local is the best idea as you’ll be able to easily find all the village halls, community centres, small hotels and less advertised venues that are affordable diamonds-in-the-dust. If you’re time-poor we’d still recommend an appointed wedding venue (such as a hotel) as you’ll end up very stressed out trying to compensate for the job their events department will do.
- …or get married very far away! When you’re on a budget the guest list is the most stressful part of the wedding planning and the more weddings you go to, the more you notice the grumpy few who are just there out of obligation – why should you spend on average £150/head on these people?! Marrying abroad often solves your guest list problem in one swoop as those that come are those that really want to be there for your special day and a perfect excuse to keep it more intimate in numbers. You’ll also find in many countries your pennies go further, so double-savings are to be made.
- Only have the essentials. Make a list of the essentials and the optional things for the wedding. DO NOT attempt to plan any wedding without an ongoing budget list and yes log every receipt. Many brides start with one then ignore it as they go along as it stresses them out, but the reality is if you can manage this well you’ll feel far more satisfied in the long run!
- Buy a budget wedding dress. The high street and vintage stores have some hidden gems that can be perfect for any fashion type. More and more high street stores are offering a wider and more beautiful range of budget wedding dresses and for some brands the quality isn’t much compromised. Vintage or second-hand wedding dresses can be half the price and can look just as new. If you’re buying sizes up or down always get a quote from a seamstress sending them photos before money changes hands, as you don’t want to be stung with a huge dressmaking bill after you’ve made a good saving.
- Save money on alcohol. A ‘dry hire’ is stressful and rewarding in equal measures but savings on food and drink are the big draw. Its rare to find all-inclusive venues without corkage fees nowadays but they are out there and if you’re fortunate to find one you can make savings of hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds on your booze. Ask your serving staff to mention ‘saving some drink for the toast’ and you’ll save hundreds on champagne for the toast after the food. If you’re having speeches before food, ask the waiting staff to do the same during your champagne reception and canapes.
- Skip the photographer! A brave move, but surprisingly becoming a trend. With the modern day, most people have smart phones who can take some snaps for you on your special day and there are always a few guests if asked to bring their SLRs will get very excited. Setting up a photo station also ensures you’ll get a lot of snaps to look back on.
- Make the most of your talented friends. Guests often love to get involved and so asking them to be part of your planning can save pennies and shed some tears of joy. Rule of thumb is if its their profession/main income don’t ask for freebies (instead keep your fingers crossed for an offer!) but if its their hobby then ask away. However if your friends can help it will save you more money than you realise, be it playing an instrument, singing, taking pictures, making crafts and decorations or baking your wedding cake.
- DIY! Being creative and making your own wedding essentials can save you money immensely. You cant do everything yourself but pick things you’re good at and make some time to incorporate it into the wedding planning. DIY wedding ideas are plentiful – browse YouTube, Pinterest, blogs and Instagram where you’ll find tutorials on how to do almost anything wedding related. Depending on what you can create, you can sell on your creations after the big day, making some money back and a possible contribution towards the honeyfund.
- Don’t let traditions and superstitions you don’t care about cost you money. Traditional weddings can be the most expensive because that is where the demand is. If you scrap the things you secretly don’t care about or do things differently it can be a big cost saving: If you don’t like cake, don’t have cake – no one will notice until the bus journey home! If you don’t like starters, scrap them from the menu, wear whatever outfit you like and if you want to get ready with your betrothed and cab it to the venue that morning so be it!
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