I recently got engaged, and I’ve been pondering the cost of our wedding. With the average UK wedding coming in at over £30,000, I started to wonder how we could make savings and spend that extra money elsewhere. I don’t know about you, but putting some of that money towards a house deposit makes a lot more sense to me than spending on a lavish wedding day.
These are some top tips that I have picked up after scouring Pinterest and the rest of the web for ideas on how to keep costs down whilst still having a day to remember!
Inquire about off peak prices
Just like the cost of a holiday goes up at peak times over the summer holidays, weddings do too! Who knew that getting married in November would be cheaper than in July? If you’ve fallen in love with a wedding venue, but it’s a little out of budget, ask what their off-peak months are and see if you can grab yourself a bargain.
Skip the wedding favours
If you’re looking to spend less on your big day, an area you could cut back on without too much guilt is the wedding favours. Not many guests even remember to take them away with them from the wedding!
But if you really wanted to include something, instead of adding a favour to every place setting, you could instead set a box of favours on a table at the venue where your guests can help themselves to a favour should they wish to.
Ask your loved ones for help
Got a friend who is a photographer? Perhaps a brother who is brilliant with calligraphy? A keen baker in the family? There’s probably a few people you know, who you may be able to lean on to help you with some aspects of your wedding.
If you ask your friends and family for their help, it could end up saving you some serious money. Your loved ones will probably be thrilled to help you on your special day, so don’t be too shy about asking them.
Going DIY on the big day can really help save you some money. You don’t need to be an expert to make some beautiful things for your wedding- head to Pinterest and spend some time scrolling for some DIY inspiration.
Save the date cards, wedding invitations, table displays and photo booths are all things that can be crafted for a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional.
Look out for deals and sales
You’ve possibly got a year or more to plan the big day, which means that you can play the long game when it comes to waiting for deals and sales to crop up. From wedding dress sample sales, to scoring a discount on printing services, there are a ton of ways to save money on expensive parts of your wedding.
Hopefully these tips have given you a few ideas of how to save money on the big day! Happy wedding planning!