How to save money on your wedding

Updated: Apr 29

Flowers in jars on wood slice wedding centrepiece
© Photographed by John Knight

Everyone knows that weddings can be very expensive; Bridebook’s UK Wedding Report 2020 found that weddings cost, on average, £16,000 - £21,000. With that in mind, I have put together a list of some money-saving tips that might help you when it comes to spending out for your big day…

  1. This might seem obvious, but work out your budget BEFORE you do anything; figure out what you can actually afford before getting carried away with any ideas.

  2. Think about what is most important to you; is it the venue, the cake, the photos? Try to remember this as you start planning, because it is easy to get carried away with all of the ideas and options available.

  3. With that in mind, what areas are less important to you; what are you prepared to compromise on? Again, bear them in mind as you plan your wedding.

  4. I know not everyone likes using spreadsheets, but they are a very useful tool when planning a wedding; you can easily keep track of your finances, what you have spent and what you have left, so that you don’t go over-budget.

  5. One idea that is becoming more popular, is to have a weekday wedding, as they tend to be on lower rates than Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays. However, you could also bear in mind the month you want to get married, as a wedding in January will be cheaper than the summer months. Bridebook’s UK Wedding Report 2020 stated that June weddings cost, on average, £18,562, whereas January weddings cost, on average, £11,262.

  6. You could decide to have an afternoon tea, instead of a big three course meal for the wedding breakfast. This would not only save you money, but it would also make your day a bit different to other weddings and maybe make it more special.

  7. The most obvious and easiest way to save money, is to reduce your guest list. By inviting less people, you will instantly need less food, less stationery, a smaller cake and potentially a smaller venue. All of these factors add up to big savings for your budget.

  8. Having a smaller wedding party (best man, maid/matron of honour, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and page boys) can also help to reduce your spending, as you would not need to pay for as many outfits and gifts.

  9. Purchasing wedding insurance may seem like an additional expense, but it can save you money in the long run, as you will be covered if a venue double-books or a supplier goes into administration. Find out more about the benefits of having wedding insurance here.

  10. Find out full costs from suppliers, including delivery and set-up fees before booking; you don’t want to be surprised with any additional costs after you’ve booked.

  11. The last idea is one that I really love; second-hand or pre-loved wedding attire. There are more and more pre-loved wedding dress boutiques opening around the county, and even Oxfam has a specialist bridal department, so you could get an incredible dress or suit at an amazing price. Alternatively, if you wanted to buy something new, then have a look at the high street; there are some beautiful bridal departments at Next, H&M, ASOS and Monsoon.

If you’re wanting to make your wedding a bit different, have a look at my ideas for modern alternatives to wedding traditions.

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