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For some couples, their wedding is paid for by their family. But most of us have to reach deep into our own pockets for the big day.
Fortunately, our lenders could help with short-term loans which can help you plan your magical day. We can put you in touch with instalment and payday loan direct lenders – you can apply for loans from £100 to £2,000, to put towards a wedding fund. But here at My Financial Broker, we believe in sensible spending. If you’re not looking to have a lavish wedding, here’s how to do it on a budget.
Take time to write down everything that you need to spend money on – from shoes and flowers to the registry office fees. Then, set a budget with careful consideration as to how much you can afford.
Discuss what’s most important to both of you. You might think that it must be a beautiful reception in a castle, but you could both easily be happy with a simple church wedding. Same goes for the party venues, check out local pubs and restaurants for great off-peak season deals. According to UK’s No 1 Brides Magazine, venue costs often account for up to a third of your budget.
Don’t feel obliged to stick to conventional “wedding rules” – if you both do not like cake, simply don’t get one.
You don’t have to splurge on a designer gown to look fabulous. Most High Street clothing brands such as John Lewis, Monsoon, Missguided, and Asos have their own bridal collections. Check out your local bridal boutiques for bargain dresses from last season collections. If you’re buying online, make sure you allow extra time for return if the dress doesn’t meet your expectations.
Your bridesmaids don’t have to look like quadruplets! Talk to them and choose the colour they would not mind wearing – it could be that they already own suitable gowns, meaning you’ll both save out on not having to buy matching outfits.
Professional wedding photography can be very expensive, however, you cannot allow your happy memories to not be recorded.
Consider approaching your local college or university and offering a small fee to a final-year student to photograph your wedding. Most students are looking for opportunities to practice their skills and expand their portfolio. Just make sure you check their existing portfolio and don’t be shy to arrange a pre-wedding photo shoot to make sure you are happy with their skills! The same rule works with friends and family photographers.
Feeling overwhelmed with wedding planning and wish you could squeeze hiring a wedding planning expert into your budget? That can be possible at no extra cost!
Wedding planning apps such as WeddingHappy can help you keep on track of your budget, timings, invitations and much more.