Your wedding will probably be one of the biggest purchases of your lifetime, so it’s not surprise that couples are doing whatever they can to cut costs and save pennies! I’ve put together some of my best money saving tips below, so you can still have the wedding day of your dreams AND look after your bank balance. Happy saving!
Prepare to be flexible
One of the easiest ways to save money is to rethink the date of your big day. Avoiding the high peak wedding season (May to September) will instantly save you £s, or if you have your heart set on the summer months, consider a mid week day or a Sunday. Saturdays are traditionally the priciest day to get married, but Fridays are becoming more and more popular too!
Ask yourself this, ‘What do I want from my wedding day?’ For many couples, their priorities and expectations for their big day are so varied, so it’s important to utilise your funds wisely on aspects which are most important to you. If you want the dress of your dreams or a free bar for your guests then by all means have them! Just be prepared to budget on other areas.
Get married aboard
On average, couples can save up to two-thirds of the cost of a wedding day in the UK by swopping to an over-seas location! This is due to smaller guests lists and competitive wedding packages from top tour operators and hotels.
Keep numbers as low as possible
Again, this is another easy way to save money, although cutting your list down will inevitably be quite a hard task to do! At the end of the day this is your big day so you shouldn’t feel pressurised to invite unnecessary guests and to please everybody.
Designer Sample Sales
Your wedding dress will definitely be the priciest item in your wardrobe by far! All bridal shops have sales once a year, typically through March-May before the new season collection arrives, so that’s a fantastic place to start looking to save the £s. Remember, if it doesn’t fit perfectly you can always get small alterations carried out by a professional tailor. If the dress isn’t your biggest priority of the day, why not consider hiring it or buying a second hand one? The high street also has some great bargains too.
Do your own Hair and Makeup
Do you have a friend whose hair and make-up always looks immaculate? Try asking them for their help! This way, you’ll have plenty of time for practise runs leading up to the big day, and you’ll be able to save a massive amount. Make up counters also offer make up tutorials and lessons for a small price which is redeemable on products, so you’ll be able to learn how to apply your own, and what colours suit.
Dab in D.I.Y
Creating as many finishing touches as you can will not only make the wedding more personal, but it can also save you a fortune! Flower arrangements, favours, name place cards, invites and centrepieces, to name but a few, can all be lovingly crafted by yourself and kind helpers to make your day unique and within budget!
To get the best deal, remember to always get a quote from more than one supplier to make sure you’re not spending any unnecessary money. Don’t be afraid to haggle too! If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Contributions from friends
Your friends and family can help finance the day of your dreams! Whether it’s with a honeymoon gift list, or an honest request for cash instead of unwanted wedding presents, don’t be afraid to ask.
Don’t book honeymoon during peak seasons
Avoid the busy UK school holiday periods, as most tour operators and airlines will raise their prices at these times. Also, it may be an idea to venture somewhere a bit closer to home, as the UK is filled with some idyllic beauty spots and luxurious hotels!
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