Planning

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. 

Ways To Document Your Special Day

When the party is finished, and the wedding dresses hung up in the cupboard, then you will only have your memories and any documents that you have brought home, as well as the photos from your wedding. Making sure that you have full documentation of the day, complete records of everything that happened, and even the best photographs that you could possibly have is going to be crucial to your memories of the day. We all forget things as we get older, and even though we don’t believe that we will ever forget the most important day of our lives, sometimes we need A little nudge in the right direction. Sometimes you will have to have a photo album in front of you to remind you of the great times that you had on your wedding day. But here are some additional ways to document your wedding day, and things that other brides and grooms have discovered works for them in the past.

Ways To Document Your Special Day 100%

Photobooth

Lots of people are choosing photo booth hire and it is becoming much more popular these days, and there are many businesses set up to take bookings specifically for this service. This is because the entertainment value is high, and people love seeing funny pictures of themselves and their friends and relatives, Photo Booth can provide entertainment for children as well, and on top of this actually provide you with an excellent record of who was there on your day, and the fact that they were having while dressing up with the props that are usually provided.

Guestbook

Having a guest book that is signed by everybody that joined you on your special day, can provide some inspirational, sweet and also hilarious quotes from the people you asked to join you on your wedding day. From the people who have been married for a long time giving you pieces of advice, to the friend who makes everything much more funny, and lighthearted, you will find yourself smiling as you look back over the messages. Everybody loves to have a go at writing a message to the bride and groom, and it really shows with guest Books. Guess books are a way to show the bride and groom that they care, and your friends and family will feel great about the event since they will of had a chance to see what they think in the guestbook.

Video

Even short Instagram or Snapchat videos can be added to an overall collage of the day. Lots of people in the past would’ve had to have brought a big camera with them, to secure any decent video footage. But with technology the way it is now, and how quickly things can be uploaded to the Internet, you really shouldn’t need to worry about this. Any idea you may have about this option may be proved wrong with this one what you see the results that you can achieve from short videos. Of course, hiring a professional videographer would be the best idea, but everyone has a camera phone now and can document certain parts of the wedding for you as well!

 

Creating The Most Memorable Wedding Possible

Your big day should be memorable. Not just for you though, it should be one of the most outstanding days that any of your guests ever get to go to. After all, this is a celebration of the most amazing couple that has ever existed, right? 

beautiful bride sat on hay bale

So, how do you go about creating the most memorable day that you and your guests will look back in fondness over for many years to come?

Create A Packed Itinerary

Often, weddings can be very formal affairs. Everyone comes wearing clothes that they don’t feel comfortable in, they sit down at tables with their name at them, and so often the day can move quite slowly for your wedding guests. After all, there is a lot that needs to be done, but they just need to sit and watch. 

There are lots of fun activities that you can get people involved in, why not hold a ukulele workshop where your whole wedding party gets to learn a few tunes? 

You could hire retro arcade games to allow your guests to go and play some classics like pac-man or street fighter between the service and the reception. 

Create Your Own Dress Code

If you want the most amazing day, why not get your guests to wear something that is symbolic of your relationship? Think about your style, and the theme of the wedding. There may be an opportunity for guests to wear something fantastic. Hawaiian shirts and hula garlands, you could go for the 1950’s swing look, or even get everyone wearing full-on 1970’s disco outfits. Whatever your taste is, then you can make it happen. 

Photography Aids Memories

One of the most important things when it comes to wedding memories is that you need an absolutely amazing wedding photographer. There are no two ways about it. If you hire the cheapest person that you can find, then you may well regret it when your aunties head has been chopped off on many of the pictures. Finding a photographer that understands the theme of the wedding is crucial, as they will be able to get on board and even tailor their style to meet the theme if required. While many photographers like this are expensive, you need to consider that you are not just getting one full day’s work out of them. You will be getting hundreds if not thousands of quality images taken, all of which will be edited or touched up to make them that bit more perfect. 

Make The First Dance Something Different

There is obviously nothing wrong with many romantic first dance songs, but if you want something that is that little bit different, pick a song that you both love that is not a romantic song. Your guests will all love the authenticity of the moment, and you can both bond over a song that you really do share a passion for. The romance does not come from the song, it comes from the both of you.