The average wedding in the United Kingdom costs a staggering £32,000 – a figure that shows how expensive your big day can be… especially if you do not have the means to spend a fortune. It can certainly take an unwelcome hit to your finances. If you’ve started plamnning, you’ll have noticed how expensive everything is. Is anxiety kicking in yet? Remember, it is your wedding day, and you want the best you can get for your hard-earned cash.
Did you know that you do not have to blow your budget to have a memorable day? You can beat the system and save money while having the wedding of your dreams. Here are a few tips to follow, from DIY projects to affordable services you can hire.
Get married during off-peak season
Most weddings happen around spring and summertime. The weather is warmer and the best flowers are in full bloom. However, because there is a surge in weddings, chances are vendors are more likely to charge you more than usual.
You might sometimes also not be able to book other professional services on your big day because they have other commitments. It can get stressful. The trick? Get married in autumn or winter when these professionals have fewer clients to attend to. That would give you a better chance of getting vendors who will be available for your wedding date. Plus, with less competition, many vendors would have to lower their rates to attract clients.
Check your reception venue options
Renting a venue to hold your wedding ceremony and reception can cost thousands of pounds. Additionally, many venues have regulations that require couples to use their in-house services; hotels tend to do that a lot. Besides paying for your space, you might also have to pay for food, drinks, and entertainment separately. That can cause your wedding budget to skyrocket. So, consider looking into budget-friendly alternatives.
For example, if your backyard can contain the number of guests you are looking to invite, why not have your wedding there? You can also ask a family member or friend who might have additional space in their homes and would not mind. If not, consider other spots like a local park or a rental home.
Bridal outfits for the big day
It is your big day, and you want to feel beautiful or handsome. Everyone’s eyes will be on you, and it is essential that you wow your guests with your big day look. But stunning does not always mean dishing out money to purchase your wedding outfit at exorbitant prices. Many bridal stores sell affordable luxury wedding gowns and tuxedos for frugal couples within a price range of £200 to £2000. You can also rent wedding gowns and tuxedos at much lower prices.
Create and print your invites
Everyone likes to receive wedding invites because it is nice to know that people want you to be a part of their special day. But let us be honest, the wedding invites you have received over the years usually end up in the recycle bin or, at best, on your refrigerator along with millions of others.
Now that your big day is coming up, remember that your invitations will probably meet the same fate. That is quite disappointing since a lot of money has been wasted on paying a designer to create and print out your invites. Fortunately, you can avoid this, and one way to do that is to go digital. Many design software programs online provide you with templates you can edit and send to your guests via email or text. If you are feeling extra creative, why not turn this into a DIY project?
Watch your guest list
Weddings are exciting moments, and it is normal to want everyone who matters to you to be there. The sad truth is, not everyone in your life has to be on your list. Before creating a guest list with your partner, ensure that you have sufficiently discussed and settled on the total number of people you would like. That way, both of you can keep each other grounded.
Keep in mind that for each time you add more than your required number, you will end up paying more. Try to invite fewer people or make your wedding more intimate, with just family and close friends. Also, ensure to specify which guests can or cannot have plus ones.
Your wedding does not have to be expensive and anxiety-ridden. With these tips, you might be able to have the day of your dreams without having to break the bank.