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Wedding Advice - Keeping costs down

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

It’s no surprise that weddings are expensive, and with everyday life there's no denying that we’re all feeling the pinch. However, it doesn’t mean you have to make sacrifices for your wedding as there are plenty of ways you can enjoy your wedding whilst keeping costs low.

Wedding breakfast table with a round meadow of flowers in the centre, surrounded by candles

Reusing your flowers

If you’re using floral decorations for your ceremony, you can reuse these arrangements for your wedding breakfast and reception as table centrepieces or as decorations for your guestbook table. The same can be said for your bridesmaids’ bouquets, place these in a couple of vases for centrepiece decorations. It will also keep them fresh to take home at the end of the night!

Wedding ceremony in the woodland

Wedding Favours

Favours are like marmite, you are either for them or against them. Favours are a lovely touch, especially if they can be personalised, but unfortunately I see so many of these go to waste at a wedding. To save a little bit of money you could skip the wedding favours, your guests won’t think twice about it and you can invest your money elsewhere.

Midweek Weddings

It has always been popular for weddings to take place on a Friday or Saturday, which often results in many venues charging an inflated price. Enquire with your venue to see if they allow weddings to take place midweek, you can usually save hundreds (sometimes thousands) of pounds. Some guests may not be able to attend a midweek wedding, however, those guests that would love to celebrate your wedding with you will move mountains to ensure they can be there.

Out of Season Weddings

Similar to midweek weddings, booking your wedding outside of the main wedding season (May - September) can also help to reduce your costs. Many of us choose the summer months in hope of the British sunshine, though this is the English weather and unfortunately you cannot even guarantee nice weather at the height of Summer.

Choosing vintage

If you cannot bring yourself to spend hundreds, if not thousands, on a wedding dress you could always consider a reloved dress. You could search for a alternative option from a charity shop, or purchase a dress directly from a bride who has just celebrated their wedding. However, if you’re looking for that boutique experience make sure to search for your local Bridal Reloved Boutique. They are the only chain the specialise in sample and pre-owned high end designed wedding dresses.

Reduce you’re stationery

I personally love stationery and can be quite a

traditionalist, however you can save quite a bit of money by reducing how much stationery you send out to your guests and what is printed for your wedding day. A great way to receive your RSVPs is to create a wedding website, there are many free options to choose from and it becomes a great central hub to keep your guests updated. When it comes to your wedding day stationery consider providing a couple of ceremony programmes on each row for guests to share, rather than one each. You can also do the same for table menus, by providing one menu per a table, or if you’re opting for trestle tables place a menu between every 6-8 people

I hope you find the above tips useful and they help you to save a few pennies on the run up to your wedding day. Have you discovered any other money saving tips? Comment below and I will share them with other brides to be on my social media!

As always if you’re looking for a wedding planner or wedding coordinator for your special day, or just need some assistance getting started, get in touch with me through the website or give me a call.

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