The average cost of a wedding in the UK is more than £30,000. For young couples in love, this is an eye-watering figure. A wedding is about expressing your undying love and beginning the rest of your lives together. You shouldn’t need to fork out well over a year’s salary to do that.
If you have the money, there is nothing wrong with hiring a luxury wedding planner and creating the most extravagant ceremony, but this isn’t an option for most couples. A magnificent wedding is always going to cost money, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you are looking to get married on a budget, here are some tips to help you save money on your special day.
Choose the right date
Everyone wants to get married on the weekend in summer. It’s no surprise then that this tends to be the most expensive time to get married. By being flexible with your dates and marrying out of season, you can save thousands of pounds. Your marriage won’t be any less special just because you got hitched on a Wednesday in March.
Pick a cheap venue
The wedding venue is usually one of the most substantial costs when planning your big day. Rather than opting for an extravagant location, you could consider a much more budget-friendly option such as hiring out a pub, a library or even having your reception at home.
When dealing with wedding caterers and suppliers, you may be able to haggle the price down to a more manageable figure. If they are unwilling to negotiate, see if they will throw in anything for free. It can’t hurt to ask.
Find a cheap wedding dress
Why spend thousands of pounds on a dress you are only going to wear once? There are plenty of high street wedding dress options that look just as good as designer. And if you don’t mind wearing a second-hand one you could save a tremendous amount of money.
Enlist help from loved ones
There are plenty of aspects of a wedding that can be easily done yourself, or with the help of family and friends. Perhaps make the decorations and invitations yourself rather than paying to have them done. Do you know a keen chef who could help bake the wedding cake or prepare the food? Perhaps you have a friend in a band who wouldn’t mind providing the entertainment for a discounted rate. Ask around for favours before outsourcing help.
Be strict with the guest list
The more guests you invite to your wedding, the more it will set you back. Don’t feel you have to have an enormous ceremony featuring everyone you’ve ever met. Your old work colleague you haven’t seen in five years won’t hold a grudge if they don’t get their invite. Look after your budget by restricting your guest list to close friends and immediate family. It is your special day after all, so who you invite is entirely up to you
On your wedding day, what really matters is that you get married, and everyone has a good time. You don’t have to spend vast sums of money on things that aren’t that important.