Sticking to a budget and keeping costs down when planning a wedding is difficult, so here are some top tips to help you plan within your means and make that wedding budget work harder for you.
Weekdays are Cheaper!
When choosing your venue, bear in mind the day of the week can make a huge difference in cost. With Saturdays being the most popular day to tie the knot, most venues bump up the hire price. Fridays and Sundays are slightly lower priced than Saturdays – but the best way to keep the pounds in the piggy bank is to opt for a weekday wedding. Also, be sure to make a note of the bank holidays ahead.
Want a winter wedding? GREAT! With colder months being less popular, venues tend to offer dropped rates between November and March. Be sure to check out their ‘wedding packages’ too. Winter wedding packages are a brilliant way to step into a winter wonderland wedding on a budget!
Guest List Guilt?
So you want everyone at your wedding, but your budget won’t stretch? Be selective when choosing your daytime guest list. Think about who it is that plays a big part in you and your partners lives. These are the people that should witness you tie the knot. It is your day – Don’t feel guilty!!! Whoever you have to leave off the day will get an evening invite. We have all been there…
‘But they’re family’ – Remember – blood makes you related, but loyalty makes you family. Just because there is a ‘tag’ doesn’t mean you have to invite your 3rd, 4th or 7th cousin!
‘But we were invited to their day’ – Yes you were at their special day, but everyone’s circumstances are different. They may have had a bigger budget, and less guests.
Make sure when doing your show-rounds and getting quotes from suppliers that you know what is included. Check the quote price includes VAT, enquire if there are discounted hotel room rates for you guests, ask if there is a corkage cost. These are the sorts of details that can be left out, and you don’t want any uninvited cost surprises cropping up last minute.
Compare the market before committing to a supplier or product. Don’t go with your first choice, do some homework and see if you can get similar product/service elsewhere at a lower cost.
Wedding Breakfast Alternatives.
It is becoming more and more popular to opt for a quirky ‘wedding breakfast’ as opposed to the traditional style sit down meal. More and more brides are opting for a buffet style wedding breakfast, and some even having an afternoon tea for their sit- down. Not only does this keep the costs down, it also stands apart from ‘the done thing’ and will have your guests talking about how different and unique your special day was.
Hit the High Street!
When choosing your wedding parties’ attire, why not hit the high street? Especially if your colour scheme is hot that season, you’ll be sure to find some stunning bridesmaid dresses at a fraction of the price of the boutiques. Same goes for the groomsmen. High street stores can be great for the guys that want different fits as most high street stores now have an option of slim-fit, tailored, and regular fit, something to suit them all!
Make Guests the photographers!
Another quirky idea that is becoming very popular, is to have disposable cameras on the tables. Let the guests get involved and have them take the pictures for you! This will cover all the guests as they will be spread throughout the room. This way you can cut the time frame of the professional photographer bringing the cost right down! Of course we all love the professional ‘newly-weds’ photographs, so why not just have the photographer do a couple of hours throughout the ceremony and group shots.
As you know, wedding cakes can cost a small fortune. So have you thought about buying a basic tiered cake from a high street supermarket and decorating it yourself? I know what you’re thinking… ‘I’m not creative, I can’t do that’. BUT YOU CAN! Simple white iced cake = Blank canvas! Add a bit of ribbon around each tier to tie in with your colour scheme? Add some artificial flowers to the top tier? Get creative! Not only does this cut your costs, it allows you to have some input in the design – making it more personal.
Don’t be Embarrassed to Ask for Cash!
So you would appreciate the cash more than you would the gifts? YES! It can be hard to pick the correct wording on your invitations when asking for cash. So you need a less direct, more polite way of asking – How about a poem…
As we’ve lived together for a year or two, We really don’t need anything new.
But if you were thinking of getting us a small wedding gift,
Some money for our honeymoon wouldn’t go amiss.
Are you a DIY bride? When it comes to the smaller details like place cards and favours, why not try making them yourself? You can see our top 10 favourite DIY favours in this recent post here. A small organza bag filled with mints or chocolates is another simple yet effective detail for your guests.
Call in the Favours!
So your friend is a florist… Don’t be shy to ask for ‘mates rates’. If you have contacts, use them! From the entertainment to the invitations, if anyone can step in and help – take their offer!
Do You Really Need It?
Lastly, before making the purchase, think to yourself ‘do we really need it?’. Is that bit of table confetti really going to make the difference? Is the extra tier on the cake that significant?
Your wedding day is about marrying the love of your life, not the minor details. Reflect on why you are getting married, and everything else will follow.