We all know weddings are expensive. It’s easy to go over the top when planning your wedding, but for those of us who need to keep an eye on the cost, it is possible to save money. As the budget is one of the bride’s biggest worries, it’s important to stay grounded and to be thrifty. If you’re looking for ideas on how to save money on your wedding, you’ve come to the right place!
Don’t Get Married on a Saturday
Did you know that it costs more to get married on a Saturday than any other day of the week? Moving to Friday or even a weekday will save you some serious money from both the venue and the registrar.
Get Married In The Registry Office
If you hire a venue to get married in (other than a church), then you will also have to pay for the registrar to appear on top of this. This can actually be very pricey. It costs much less to get married in the registry office as you are not paying for the added venue, or the extra cost for the registrar to appear.
Don’t Pay For It All At Once
Weddings can take a long time to plan, and once you’re engaged you don’t have to be in a rush to marry immediately. Take your time, search for the best deals and don’t try and pay for it all at once. If you want to help spread the cost, you can always borrow small loans to pay off some of the larger invoices over time. Just keep an eye on your payments so you don’t get yourself in debt.
Get married out of season
Summer is prime wedding season; if you want to get cheaper rates, look into getting married out of season. You’ll be surprised how much you could save, venues want to make money all year and will be happy to accommodate you.
Use Your Own Vendors
When I got married, I was lucky that our venue did not require us to use their vendors. This gave us the freedom to choose our own caterers, and to shop around. We chose caterers that fit both our budget and our theme, we made our own decorations and instead of a DJ we made a playlist and asked some friends to play some songs. It was perfect and it helped to save a lot of money. So if you are planning your wedding on a budget, make sure your venue allows you to hire out your own vendors.
Check the High Street For Your Wedding Attire
Today, you can find wedding attire on the high street for a fraction of the traditional cost. I bought my wedding dress from Debenhams and it was beautiful! You can even buy wedding dresses from shops like Topshop and ASOS, and of course it’s easier than ever for grooms and bridesmaids. You don’t have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars (sorry that was pretty corny, but true).
Good luck with planning your wedding, enjoy it and have fun! I have lots of wedding planning blog posts, take a look.