If you’re planning a wedding, you’re probably aware that it can be an expensive business. When you put the word wedding in front of anything, it pushes costs up significantly. Before you know it, you may have broken the budget without even ticking off your to-do list. If you’re panicking about finances, don’t. Take these simple tips on board to plan a spectacular day on a shoestring. You don’t have to spend a fortune to organise an unforgettable day.
Think about numbers
If you’re working with a tight budget, it’s really important to consider your guest list carefully. Make a list of people who you are desperate to attend and invite them to the ceremony. If there are others who you would like to see on your special day, but it’s not a priority, send them an invitation to the evening reception. You can save a lot of money by having an intimate wedding and a larger party later on in the day.
Consider getting married midweek
More and more people are shunning Saturday weddings in favour of weekdays to save money. Costs can vary hugely, and you could save thousands of pounds by swapping a weekend for a Thursday, for example. You may also wish to think about getting married out of season. Prices tend to be lower between January and March and September and December than in the summer months.
Use the Internet
The Internet can save you time, effort and money. Compare prices for entertainment, catering and suit hire online. Swap traditional paper save the dates and invitations for e-Invites. Set up a free wedding website to get in touch with guests and provide them with important information about the day. Search for deals on hotels and transport.
Don’t be afraid of DIY
If you’re creative, why not use your talents to make your own table names, place cards, and table plan? Bulk order flowers and do your own centrepieces. Make your own favours. Replace a photo booth with a DIY version. Get some hats, wigs, and glasses together and leave a camera or selfie-stick for guests to take their own shots.
Call in some favours
Have a look through your guest list and see if any of your friends or family have skills, which could help you on your big day. Do you know a hairdresser or makeup artist? Is your auntie a master baker? Does your sister know a florist? Often, people are willing to give their time as a wedding present. It’s also really helpful to get people involved with decorating the venue and tidying up the day after.
If you’re saving for a honeymoon, why not ask guests to make a donation as their wedding present? More and more couples are choosing to do this rather than having a traditional gift list.
Weddings can be expensive, but there are ways of saving money. Follow these simple steps, and you should be able to create the day of your dreams without breaking the bank.