Unless you (or your parents) have been saving for this amazing day since forever, chances are that after that blissful moment of accepting the proposal, you’re faced with the harsh reality of how much your nuptials will cost. If you’ve been together for a while, you might have set aside some funds for the eventuality of a wedding. But for many young people finding a way to pay for rent (or mortgages if lucky enough) and simply living is priority number one, with no or very little money available for the celebrations.
It is estimated that that the average UK wedding will cost around£16,000 in 2013. The mere thought of could make many roll into a little ball of panic, but it’s not all doom and gloom. There are ways to save pennies and still have a wonderful wedding day experience. Here are some of our top tips on how to cut costs on your wedding budget.
Write your who to invite list and check it twice
The sheer size of your wedding party will have a massive impact on your costs. The more people to feed at the reception, the higher your outgoings will be – simple maths. As soon as you start thinking about planning your wedding, write down the names of those you would like to have present. The number might be higher than you expect, but don’t worry about this now. Leave the list for a few weeks, then return to it with a new look and remove those that aren’t essential. Repeat this again if necessary and you’ll eventually end up with a manageable list.
Think of alternative venues for your wedding reception
It really doesn’t need to be the fanciest town hall or ballroom; the most important about the venue is to find a place where you can feel comfortable and that can house everyone on your wedding invite list. Alternative venues could be your local pub, an unused commercial space (let’s start a pop-up wedding reception trend), or the garden at your parents’ or friends’ house.
Yes, we know that most of you will already have found the perfect wedding dress already – or have a really good idea of which designer you’d like to go for. But if money is tight, head to your local charity shops to see if there are any to get hold of second hand. If they haven’t got any at the moment, pop back often or kindly ask the person running it if he or she could call you if a wedding dress comes in. Alternatively search for new and upcoming designers, you might be able to get a gown at a good rate.
If you’re a crafty type, why not consider making your own decorations for the wedding. Shop around online for suppliers of things like tissue paper in good time ahead of your wedding – you’ll be surprised how many good deals are to be found – and make your own paperpoms (those are pom poms made from tissue paper if you’re wondering).
Go on a mini-moon
If you haven’t got the funds to go on a two-week honeymoon straight after your wedding, why not treat yourself to a weekend mini-moon close to home and save the real honeymoon for later. Or – if you already have everything you might want for the home – why not ask for contributions to your honeymoon instead of wedding gifts.
Any tips on how to cut costs on your wedding budget that you’d like to share?