Planning your wedding day can be a little hectic, but it’s worth it when you walk down the aisle and tie the knot with the love of your life. We have compiled a number of ways for you to save money when planning your wedding day, so you can have the best day of your life and not spend a fortune in the process.
Have A Budget In Place
When you start planning your wedding day, if you are looking to save money then you need to have a budget in place. Discuss a clearly defined budget with your partner and agree on a sensible amount that you want to spend in total, as well as on each aspect of your wedding. Look at your savings and be realistic about the amount you can afford to pay on your wedding day, and even discuss with your parents if they would be willing to pay for anything. It’s important that you don’t go over your budget, as it is in place for a reason and you wouldn’t have set that figure if you could afford spending more. To help, you can build a buffer for any last-minute expenses, so you know that you won’t go over your budget for any unknown or emergency costs.
Don’t Rush Things
Just because you’re engaged, it doesn’t mean that you need to get married immediately. By taking your time and not rushing things, you can save money over a couple of years for your big day. Additionally, if you book your venue in advance then you can cut costs, opposed to booking your venue for in a few months’ time.
Try not to book your wedding during peak wedding dates, so opt for a winter wedding and get married in either the morning or late afternoon to save the most money.
Have Your Ceremony And Reception At The Same Venue
There are some venues that will allow you to have both the reception and ceremony, which is a huge money saving idea. The staff at the venue will have experience in moving tables, chairs and furniture around to accommodate the different aspects of the wedding, so you can still have the layout that you desire. The venue may provide you with a discount on accommodation or inhouse catering services if you have your entire wedding day there.
Do Your Own Flowers
When it comes to flowers and decorating tables and the venue, you can save a lot of money if you do your own flowers. You can choose all your favourite flowers and use greenery from your garden to cut costs down. You can even purchase vases from local DIY stores and present them on tables in unique ways, such as stacking them on top of old books or even tree trunks, depending on the theme of your wedding.
Alternatively, you can even opt for artificial flowers for the tables, and only use real flowers for your bouquets. Or, if you want to save more money on flowers then you can swap out bouquets and use lanterns or even hand warmers in the winter.
Know What You Don’t Need
It can be really tempting to buy unnecessary items for your wedding, including personalised napkins with names and pictures on. Make a list of what you do need and try not to wander too far off the list.
This includes wedding invitations and ‘Thank You’ cards. You don’t need to waste money on extravagant invitations when you could utilise this money on your venue or transport instead, which you will want to put more of your budget into. You can design and create your own invitations, by buying card and decorative items from a shop. It’s a fun and relaxing activity that you and your partner can do together, and it creates a more personal touch.
Keep Business Local
Give back to your community by providing business to local companies. From bartending to photography, decoration and setup, there are many local businesses who will provide an exceptional service and not charge as much as large contractors.
If people offer to help, whether that is with the music, venue or the food, let them! They may be willing to provide their services as their wedding gift to you, so you may not even have to pay them. By allowing your family or friends to help, it also gives them a platform to showcase their business or ability, which in turn may be beneficial for them in the long term.
Instead of gifts, ask for wedding favours instead or even honeymoon vouchers. As well as setting money aside for your wedding day, you will also need to remember to save for your honeymoon too. Therefore, by asking for money towards your honeymoon, opposed to a new toaster, the money will all add up and help you to get to your financial goal.
Avoid Getting Married On A Saturday
By avoiding getting married on a Saturday, you could save yourself a few thousand pounds in total. Despite having to take time off work to have your wedding on a Saturday, it does mean that you will get to save money, which you can put towards other aspects of your wedding, such as hiring a luxurious wedding car to arrive in style. By making small changes such as the date, you can ensure that your wedding dress, venue and wedding car hire isn’t compromised. After all, hiring a chauffeured wedding car allows you to feel like royalty as you arrive to tie the knot. There are some venues that will even offer a discount if you book your wedding on a Sunday or even a weekday, so it is worth doing some research before choosing a date and venue.
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