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How To Save Money When Planning Your Wedding Day

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.

Accept Help!

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.

If you would like more information about our wedding car hire services for your big day, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for a free quote. Browse our extensive range of wedding cars to find the one that ticks all your boxes.

How To Stay Calm Before Your Wedding Day

As wedding industry professionals, our expert team at Abbey Rolls have seen it all and heard all the tales of panic and worry before the big wedding day. Our guide will help you calm your nerves and stay on top of planning your wedding; the most important things to remember are to stay organised, indulge a little (or a lot) on your special day and enjoy it!

Book In Advanced!

This is perhaps the biggest and best piece of advice for any bride planning their special day! Spend time collecting your ideas and gathering inspiration and then spread the planning process out, leaving plenty of time to ensure you are not let down by things you have got your heart set on, such as wedding car booking, venue or the all important hen party!

If you are getting married in peak wedding season (May – August), quality suppliers will be booked months, even years, in advanced! For your wedding car booking particularly, you might decide to book more than one car, so it will be imperative to reserve as early as possible to ensure everything is elegantly uniform.

Doing It Yourself

If you are handling more than just the planning yourself, the months running up to your special day can be especially stressful; full of everything from flower arranging, cooking and baking, folding, gluing and creating decorations to setting up a marquee on your own property.

Our top tip is to organise! We recommend creating a document or list of when you need to complete each task, for example, your decorations are not perishable like flowers and can be made and put away for safe keeping whilst you move on to other tasks. Go through all your vendors and anyone else your wedding is depending on (the venue, for example) and liaise with them on when you can start actioning your plans!

Most wedding vendors and suppliers are complete professionals; they know what they are doing and will be able to help you calm your anxiety before your wedding day. Ensuring you book experienced, reputable vendors, from wedding photographers to wedding car hire, will also minimise your pre-wedding jitters. Remember to review all services before you pay for them – look into photographer’s galleries, visit the venue or the cars in person to double check that everything is as advertised and perfect for your day!

As a bombarded bride to be, it’s easy to get lost in your wedding, especially as the date looms closer. Another top tip would be to incorporate wedding planning with other aspects of your life – get your loved ones involved in the process and turn making decorations or baking into a social experience altogether.

Organise Your Timeline

On the day before your wedding, it is a great idea to write out a timeline of your day. Not only will this help get you excited, the act of physically writing it out will help calm your mind and clarify your schedule. Whilst you’re doing this, contact anyone that your day depends on – make up artists, hairdressers, chauffeurs, etc. to reconfirm times.

Make The Most Of Your Wedding Car

On the morning of your wedding, after all the prep, pampering (and a glass of prosecco) is out of the way, it will be time to make your way to your venue – finally! It is well worth hiring a private wedding car! Organising your wedding car booking to arrive in ample time before your wedding is scheduled to begin will enable you to take a relaxing breather on your journey. This time will allow you time to collect your thoughts and prepare you for your special day in the peace of a chauffeured wedding car. It will inspire clarity and help you stay calm on your wedding day, as well as ensuring you arrive in style!

If you have never thought about hiring a chauffeured wedding car before or have no idea where to begin, get in touch for a quote or guidance today. You can also view all our locations on our website – we serve some of the best venues in the UK!