Wedding

6 Money-Saving Tips for Planning a Wedding on a Budget

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.

Planning a Wedding on a Budget

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.

Negotiate

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. 

Designing the perfect engagement ring with Durham Rose

When you find the love of your life, they are perfect for you, support you, love you for you, make you laugh and you just know you want to spend the rest of your life with them. For some it’s an instant connection for others it take time to build on that connection but finding that one person you love with all of your heart is something that dreams are made of and therefore something you want to keep for the rest of your lives together.

Durham Rose designing the perfect engagement ring

As your relationship progresses marriage is for me is the goal. I always knew I wanted to get married, I’m not saying I had my dream wedding planned out from the age of 6 but marriage was something I wanted.

When you find your true love and you decide the next step is marriage, then starts making plans for the most important question you will ever ask. Will you marry me? Along with the question comes finding the perfect ring. Yes you could head to the high street and find just about the same ring in every shop, which is wonderful. However does it really depict the women you are wanting to marry? does it show their personally? all their likes and dislikes? My guess is it doesn’t. Have you thought about designing that special ring with the help of some design experts?

Designing the perfect engagement ring

Well Durham Rose can help you out with that. Durham Rose is a family ran company owned by Manu and Pip. It was set up in 2011, when Manu couldn’t find the perfect ring for his now wife. Manu found jewellers who would design him a ring, however they could only sketch the designs. Manu wanted to be able to really see how the ring would look and make adjustments to it, the jewellers said that he ideas were unachievable. There was a few jewellers in the UK who offered 3D design programmes, but the price of this service, was expensive and wouldn’t be achievable for most budgets.

So, Manu used his engineering background and his knowledge of using a design software called CAD, to design and create the engagement ring of Pip’s dreams. Then took his unique design to a jeweller to make, before popping the question to Pip.

Durham Rose

Manu and Pip decided to start their very own bespoke jewellery company Durham Rose, to help people to design the perfect ring. They have build the business up and now have a highly experience team of creatives working with them to design and produce unique one off items of jewellery for you to treasure. Durham Rose specialises in engagement and wedding rings, but they are also happy to create a ring or an item of jewellery that you would like.

durham rose design process

What could be better then designing the engagement ring of dreams for your loved one. Durham Rose will be with your every step of the way, sending you 3D CAD designs so you can see just how the finished ring will look. Also by using CAD you can adjust things so it is just perfect.

With Durham Rose they will also send you a details invoice of your ring, the metal, the stones, they will also give you options of the different stones, the carat of the metal you choice. This then allows you to ensure that your design comes within your budget. Durham Rose really go all out to help you design your ring and to work within you budgets, however if your budget is under £950 they advise you to look to the high street.

durham rose engagement ring design

Sometimes you have to think about the experience you will be getting, the designers with years of experience, bespoke design to have the item of dreams, not just the cost.

Once you are 100% happy with your design, then will just 50% deposit they will begin to bring your design to life. It then take 4-6 weeks for your ring to be ready, however should you want it that bit quicker they do offer a fast track service.

After Care

durham rose re-sizing

Once you have created your ring, Durham Rose offer a 12 month warranty, which gives you peace of mind. Also Durham Rose know that before your big day you want to have your ring cleaned, so they also offer a free ring cleaning service.

Plus just encase you opt for the wrong size they offer free re-sizing by 2 sizes. My advise tho, is to try your best to find out their ring size, ask a best friend or use your imagination. There is nothing more upsetting for someone who has just got engaged to have to send the off the ring to be resized, when all you want to do is show off that gorgeous ring.

Finding your forever

So, you have found the love of your life, designed an engagement ring to make all of her friends envious now you have to plan how to propose. Whatever you have planed make sure its something they would love and try to keep it a surprise. Oh and the traditional side of me thinks you should ask her Dad or Mum for their permission. Believe me it means a lot to the parents.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Durham Rose.*

 

Plan The Perfect Bachelorette Party

Ladies, assemble! Your BFF’s bachelorette party is coming up and the pressure is very much on you to throw your fave girl the best party that you can come up with, to give her a night to remember as one of her final acts before getting wed. Having been to multiple bachelorette parties and organised one or two, I have seen the best and worst of the choices that people make, and I believe that I know how to throw a pretty epic party. If you are looking to deliver on your promise to throw a great bachelorette party for your girlfriend, here are some tips on doing so.

Plan The Perfect Bachelorette Party

Keep it Private

Many like to rent out VIP areas in clubs or head out to busy bars, but the best idea is to instead rent a private place and just enjoy the company of all those in attendance. Scottsdale private events at Riot House, for example, proved to be a brilliant place to enjoy a bachelorette party for us last year, plenty of space and modern installations, all catered to your needs. Whether you are having a themed party or just a good old fashioned knees-up, renting a private place is the ideal option.

Make a Day Of It

Don’t fall into the trap of doing what some do, and only organise the bachelor party for the evening. This is an event that you need to really squeeze the most out of and that is why the hours during the day running up to the evening should also be part of the event. To make sure that the girls are all ready for a big night, look at something like a spa experience during the day, or you could even get a hairstylist and makeup artist so that you are all looking gorgeous when its time to party. This will not only make sure that the party goes on for some time, but it will also help to bring the group together.

Games

It’s all well and good having a drink and a boogie on the night time, but to really add some excitement why not think of some fun games to play which will ensure maximum enjoyment? There are many games you can come up with, from naughty quizzes to silly activities, find something that fits in with what your friend would want and then work hard on getting it properly prepped.

Something Extra

During the party, you should look at trying to do something a little different to really set the night off. This could be anything from a nude butler to serve you, or perhaps a mixology course where the girls can make their own cocktails with a professional. There are many services like this which you can choose from and they not only help to break up the evening but also ensure that the girls and your friend will never forget the experience.

This is a party of great importance, plan well, get creative and go and have a great night with your BFF.