Your wedding day; long known as one of the best days of your life. But if you’ve spent far too much money or maxed out a credit card to get there, are you going to enjoy it as much? Navigating all that you need to do to organise a wedding is full on, not to mention making sure that it is suited to the two of you and your tastes. But if you can keep costs down along the way, then no matter what your budget is, you won’t overspend.
Here are some of the ways that you can save money on the run up to your wedding day.
You may have always dreamt of a summer wedding. But if you’re not one of those brides, then there are some bargains to be had when you choose a wedding date that is ‘off-peak’. Some of the cheapest times to get married are October and November, as well as January and February. You can never guarantee the weather in the UK anyway, so a wedding in one of those months could work to save a chunk of money.
Reduce the Guest List
Think carefully about who is on your guest list. Because the number of people that are attending are going to have an impact on the overall cost of the wedding. Choose people that mean something to you, rather than people that you think you should invite.
Hen & Stag Parties
Half of the fun of getting married is what happens in the lead-up to the wedding. So no doubt there will be a hen weekend to plan or a stag do for the best man to arrange. But again, just go with what you want to do. If you’d rather do something low-key, then just people know. However, if you’re looking for something more elaborate, then it may be that your guests have to pay for themselves.
Dump Wedding Favours
A little organza bag of sugared almonds, anyone? If this kind of thing isn’t for you, then simply ditch the wedding favours. They do not serve a massive purpose, other than a gesture to your guests, but the cost of them can really add up.
Choose In-Season Flowers
Floral arrangements can be expensive at the best of times, nevermind when they are being picked out of season. So the best thing to do, whether they’re your favourite flowers or not, is to choose the ones for your bouquet and decorations that are in-season. Your florist can advise what is best, and any florist worth their salt will be able to make arrangements look beautiful.
Choose a Ready-Made Cake
Wedding cakes, to say they contain flour, sugar, and eggs, can cost a lot of money. Of course, you’re paying for the decoration and the time that it takes. Which is why buying a store-made cake can be much cheaper. It still allows you to decorate the cake in a style that you want, but can save you over half of the money that a private cake maker would charge you.