If you are looking for ways to save money on your wedding day, you've come to the right place! There's no doubt, getting married can be expensive. Here are some top tips to save money on your wedding day.
Decide what's important to you as a couple. Make a list of your wedding day priorities and set your wedding budget. Decide what items you need to have done by professionals and what you are happy to DIY. If having professional photographs or a stunning wedding cake are wedding day must haves, maybe you could lose some other things from the budget. Statement venue decor and flower walls look amazing but if you are wanting to save money on your wedding day it may be that you can do without it. You might decide you don't need a candy cart if you are having sweet wedding favours (I know a brilliant place to get luxury lollipop wedding favours from ;) ).
Get married on a weekday. Weekday weddings generally cost less than than weekend dates.
Get married outside peak season. By avoiding bank holidays or summer weekends, you'll save money on your wedding than can go towards something else in the budget. Spring or autumn weddings are still beautiful and you can take advantage of the seasonal changes for your photographs.
Consider an unusual wedding venue. Rather than a high end castle or hotel venue, why not have your wedding reception at a village hall or cricket club? These venues often charge less to hire and you'll be helping the local community. Maybe you know a farmer who will lend you a barn? Perhaps an events space such as a museum or art gallery appeals to you? Investigating unusual spaces for your wedding reception can save you money on your wedding.
Buy your dress at a sample sale. I know a friend who saved 50% on the price of her dream wedding dress just by buying a sample dress from a store. It was professionally cleaned, altered to fit her and she looked amazing.
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Consider DIYing your invitations, or buying a premade, off the peg stationery suite rather than having one bespoke to you. Create a wedding website. This can save you money on invitations as you can direct your guests to your website, not have to print extra information in the invitations. Check out wix.com, wordpress.com or withjoy.com to create a free wedding website.
DIY your venue decor. If you have access to the venue the day before your wedding, grab your friends and family and get them to help you decorate the venue. If you are wondering how to style your wedding tables, why not check out this free wedding table planning checklist?
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If you enjoy baking, why not consider making your own cake? If baking your own cake the night before your wedding doesn't appeal however, maybe ask a friend or relative who enjoys baking to help out? You could have a Great British Bake Off style cake display and ask guests to bring bakes and treats.
Choose your wedding flowers wisely. Have smaller bouquets with less statement blooms and more greenery, choose seasonal flowers, choose flowers grown by local growers or even dried flowers. For wedding venue decor, maybe head to one of the local supermarkets and stock up on flowers and make your own displays. Use houseplants instead of flowers, which you can give away to guests as favours or just keep at home if you're green-fingered.