A Wedding Day on a Budget.
Save on your wedding without scrimping on style
Your budget is tight and you need some low cost wedding ideas? Some of the ideas on this page you may find useful, some may not be your cup of tea, just experiment with ideas you find until you find something which suits you. It is possible, it depends what you want from your day.
My wedding to Mr B was under my £1,000.00 budget (excluding honeymoon). We only invited our children, had a registry office wedding then lunched in our local picturesque hotel in their main restaurant along with whoever else was hungry that day. Our dresses came from local department stores and we managed to accessories and have all the special touches just on a smaller scale. We were very fortunate to receive the wedding car for free from our local taxi firm when we approached them for prices for normal taxi fares.
Let suppliers know you are on a tight budget, if you are lucky like us you may manage to aquire some fantastic deals. Just because you are on a budget DOESN'T mean you can not make the day special and unique to you.
Below are some ideas forwarded to WithBellsOn by Zankyou
With the average British wedding costing £20,000 (2010), if you’re planning your wedding, you will surely be scratching your head as you look for ways to stay inside your budget. But don't worry! Here are some great ideas on how to have the perfect wedding day without breaking the bank.
Create an online wedding list
You can find much inspiration from Zankyou. Find freedom online with their online wedding list, where you can list any gifts you like and get the cash in your regular bank account.
Change your wedding format
A morning wedding, afternoon reception and evening do is just one way of celebrating your big day. ‘Mini-weddings’ are the latest thing, with a smaller ceremony and cocktail party afterwards. Or what about a ‘picnic wedding’ in your local park? Get married in an intimate ceremony and then organise to meet your friends and family at the local park or village hall and ask them to bring food items with them. Talk about retro!
Registered Wedding Ceremony Venues
Save on the reception
If you’re going for a more formal do, ask your venue if you can bring your own wine bought from a wholesaler. They may charge you corkage, but you should still save cash in comparison with buying directly from them! You can also combine the dessert and wedding cake in one. Wedding cake makers nowadays make much more than the traditional fruitcake and a moreish gateau will look nice in your photos as well as being the perfect dessert!
Wedding Reception Venues
Friends, friends, friends! Ask your most outgoing mates to bring a party trick each. Also, set up your flat screen TV with a Wii and ask your friends to bring games to entertain the kids or set up a Wii Sports championship between families.
Don’t get married on a Saturday
Although it’s a good day, giving you and your guests the Sunday to relax, you’ll save money by getting married on a weekday. You’ll also be able to whittle down your guestlist, as you’ll be asking most people to take a day off work.
Your wedding dress
One of the main expenses of your wedding will be your dress, but you’ll only wear it for a day. To reduce the chunk it takes out of your budget, consider wearing a relatives wedding dress or a second-hand dress from many outlets providing the service. You can always get it customised with more modern embellishments. Check out bridal forums and dedicated websites where brides sell their dresses after their big day.
Go high street! There are great bargains in shops like BHS, Monsoon and Phase Eight, especially at sale time. You could also tell your bridesmaids the budget and colour and ask them to buy their own dresses. If they want to spend more, that’s up to them.
Thank goodness for wedding trends. Coloured shoes are very now, so buy a pair that will look good on the day and for many more days after. The same with other accessories – try and buy to use again.
Save the planet too
Set up a wedding website Save on paper, invitations and a load of other planning issues by posting all your wedding-related information on the web.
Unless you’re a jack-of-all-trades, you’ll need help with many things. But there’s plenty of free help around. For hair and make-up tips, check out ‘how to’ videos on YouTube. For crafty things, ask your most arty friends for help!
Hairdressers and Beauticians
A beautiful car is great, but costs money. If your uncle happens to have a fancy car that he’ll lend you, that’s great, but if not, why not get dropped off around the corner from the venue and walk the last few hundred yards? It’s a nice way to calm your nerves and savour the day.
These are just some ideas from Zankyou that will contribute not only to cutting costs, but also making your wedding an original day out for you and your guests. Remember, while you want everything to be perfect, the most important thing is that the people you want to be there are present and you spend a memorable day with your new husband or wife. Good luck!
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