Weddings are one of the most expensive festivities that you’ll ever organise in your life. These days, they cost around £5,000 minimum, with the average wedding in England costing upwards of £27,000. At the very least, you can expect to spend around £10,000 between your wedding and honeymoon if you’re at least attempting to budget. Here, you’ll discover how you can cut down those wedding costs even further!
1. The Cake
You don’t need to spend a fortune on your cake! If you know someone who is good at baking, you could ask them if they’d be willing to make your wedding cake. It could have a rustic look, to make it simpler, or don’t go traditional at all – perhaps consider cupcakes!
2. The Invites
Making the invites can be fun after all! You can create your own professional looking invitations with ease with Canva. You can use a template or even create your own design. Then simply download it and print it off on some nice thick paper!
3. Send Your Invites Electronically
In this digital age, you can cut costs down even further and send your invites out over email or on social media. Sure, it’s less traditional, but it’s easier for people to RSVP on their devices. It’s also more environmentally friendly!
4. The Flowers
Local florists are your friend here. They’ll be happy to get the business, too. Ask around on social media, check reviews, and inquire before you set anything in stone. The plus side of having a florist that’s local to you is that if something goes wrong, you can take a quick trip to them.
5. The Decorations
Weddings that have largely handmade decorations are just as amazing as a wedding that hires professionals. If you can work with your theme, you’ll be surprised how much money you’re probably wasting because it’s easier to just buy it.
6. Do Your Own Makeup
For the bride and brides to be, you already know what makeup looks good on your face, and which colours suit you. Doing your own makeup or getting a friend who’s a dab-hand with a brush can save you money that you didn’t need to spend in the first place.
7. Wedding Shoes
Another one for the brides. If you’re wearing a floor-length dress, don’t worry about splashing out on a pair of heels. A nice pair of plain white, silver, or ivory heels will be fine, and they won’t add another few hundred to your budget. You’re likely to switch to flats after a couple of hours, anyway.
8. The Music
What’s wrong with a Spotify playlist? If you have a tech-savvy 20-something in your midst, ask if they can take care of the music for the night. Just make sure that one uncle with the bad music taste doesn’t get hold of it. That way, you won’t need to pay a DJ to keep the music going.
9. Wedding Gifts
It’s nice to be gifted some nice items on the day, but you just don’t need that overly fancy cutlery set from your great aunty. You can use this as an opportunity to get back some of the money you’ve spent on your wedding! Why not ask attendees to forgo the wedding gift and deposit £10 or so into a funding page.
Cut down on your bridesmaids. You don’t need an army of them, and the more you have, the more money you’ll need to spend on dresses. Speaking of, do they need to be in specific bridesmaids’ dresses or could you buy them all the same dress from another retailer at a fraction of the cost?