A wedding is a celebration of two people joining their lives together. It’s a joyous and exciting occasion but it can also be a very expensive one. Did you know that the average cost of a wedding is around £19,661.35? And would it surprise you to know that the figure didn’t include the honeymoon? You can expect to spend around £7,865.00 on that getaway and when you add the costs together you are looking at a grand total of around £31,460.00. That’s the price of a really nice car or even a significant amount of money towards a mortgage. Don’t worry because there are some things that you can do to cut back on costs for your big day.
Ok, we all know that a white dress is the most important detail of every wedding. Everything else about your wedding will be centred on your dress. Wedding dresses can cost anywhere from £393.25 all the way up to £78,678.20 for a custom designer dress. More than likely you will spend multiple days and countless hours looking for the perfect dress that makes you feel like a million dollars. However, you don’t have to break the bank in order to do it.
Wedding dress shops have sales throughout the year but the best sale you will find is usually the trunk sale. This is where the shop will bring out all of the dresses that they want to put on sale, and trust me it will be a lot of them, and you can sort through the racks to pick your favourites. You can expect to find dresses at discounts as much as sixty to seventy percent off and this can make a significant difference in your wedding budget.
This is the second most important aspect of your wedding because all of your guests will be looking for something to eat as soon as the ceremony is over and the reception starts. The more expensive options such as steak and lobster will average about £7,8650. Now since we are trying to save money anywhere we can you might want to think about BBQ or even fajitas. If you choose one of these main entree options your cost will go down to about £51 per person. Keep in mind that this cost does include the cake and the cost of the staff to serve the drinks but it doesn’t include the actual price of the alcohol.
You have several options when it comes to whether or not you want to have a full service bar at your reception. Something I saw at a recent wedding I attended was that the bride and groom paid for a full service bar for the first hour of the reception and then after that the guest had pay for any alcoholic beverage they wanted. It all just depends on you and what you’re willing to spend.
The flowers for your wedding will average about £19,669.55. Although that may not seem like a lot compared to what some of the other things cost there are still some ways you can bring that number down. Silk is a great cost efficient alternative to having fresh and they are about half the cost. You can still have your bouquet done in fresh flowers of your choice and then have all the table decorations and church decorations done in silk.
The quality of silk has greatly improved over the past several years and unless you touch them or smell them you won’t be able to tell the difference. Another key aspect is listing why you need flowers or a cake. You do not need to do this! Once you mention the word ‘Wedding’ places can up the cost for anything.
Even though these tricks might seem very simple, they are worth everything and will save you loads!