So your wedding budget is a little tighter than you would have liked? So what?
The average wedding in the UK now costs over £30,000!
But whether you spend £3,000 or £30,000, your wedding is going to be amazing because you are marrying the person that you love.
Having had personal experience of spending more mindfully for our big day. I can safely say that I had an amazing day celebrating with my husband and our family in a small ceremony, our wedding lunch by the river in a beautiful town and back to ours for tea and cake.
So here are my top 5 tips of how to make the most from your money:
Lots of registry offices and small independently owned venues look amazing. They are also so much cheaper than larger chain hotels and restaurants.
So many of our high street retailers have now branched into the sale of wedding dresses . Asos have this Sophia Plunge Wedding Dress for just £135. Asos also do a great selection of reasonably priced bridesmaid dresses.
Spend money on what matters the most
For us, our rings and wedding pictures were significant as these will be part of our memories for the rest of our lives. Therefore, investing in something you really like, rather than compromising on something of lower cost is the key here.
If you don’t think your groom will wear his wedding outfit again, you could always save cost by hiring clothes for the day. Alternatively, you could move away from some of the traditional looks and go for something a little different. I loved my Bearded Wonder in his chinos, shirt, waistcoat and smart shoes. You can always pair with a tie or go all out on a bowtie.
Our girls brought my husband a set of personalised cuff links which didn’t break the budget too!
My advice is that if you can get away with not telling the service provider that your item is for a wedding, you will get it so much cheaper!
For example, our daughters and I went in for our hair on the Tuesday morning and asked for them to be styled and got the cost upfront. This significantly reduced the cost as bridal trials were so much more expensive.
We also got our cake from Marks and Spencers. It was enjoyed by the family and we have now started a tradition of buying one on our anniversary too. The memories are worth so much more than a more expensive cake would have been on our wedding day.
Our flowers were brought from Sainsburys and I purchased some flower wire and ribbon to make our own button holes and bouquets. Even the girls had their own and it made them feel like they were an integral part to the day.
If you need invites, why not try and make them yourself?
If you are interested in hearing more about getting the most from your wedding, let me know in the comments below, via email or DM the Instagram account and I would be more than happy to oblige.