The price of a wedding can be daunting for newly engaged couples with UK couples spending on average £14.4k in 2012*. To help get you started with your planning, we’ve put together a list of ways to keep the cost of your wedding down.
Planning Your Perfect Wedding
There are a few things you can do to ensure that you are spending money in the right way and not compromising on the lovely things you want for your wedding day.
Plan your Budget
After sharing your good news with family and friends – and before you do anything else, it’s really important to plan your budget. To do this: Decide how much of you & your partner’s savings you want to allocate to your wedding. Decide how much money you could save between now and your desired wedding date. Take into account who else will help fund your wedding. (EG: will your parents contribute or will you take out a loan?) Next, you need to think about what wedding costs need to be considered.
Outside of this – it’s always good to put aside at least 15% of your budget as contingency. Doing this will mean that you are less likely to go-over budget, and forget important items!
Get inspired without spending money
It’s easy to start spending money buying bridal magazines and attending wedding events, but you can see most of this on the internet. Most suppliers have websites, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages that showcase the same content and there are plenty of wedding fayres that take place all over the country which you can attend for free.
Get married on a weekday
Mid-week weddings can be a lot cheaper than weekend weddings. Many brides opt out of having a weekday wedding, due to the supposed inconvenience it causes guests. The people that care will be there, and if you know that there are some guests that will genuinely not be able to make the day ceremony, you have the option to invite them in the evening. Not only will you save money on the venue hire, it’s likely that there will be fewer guests (meaning less money is required for food/alcohol!)
The sooner you start planning your wedding, the more time you will have to shop around for things you need for your wedding. Sales tend to take place at various points in the year, but the most popular are post-Christmas and Valentine’s Day where you can find a variety of items, at a fraction of the cost. Don’t forget to look out for bridal gown sales too, many bridal shops have these throughout the year!
Ask about different options available at venues
When looking for venues, it’s worth asking if you can bring your own alcohol and pay a small corkage fee. There is nothing wrong with having a limited selection of drinks on offer. If guests want something that isn’t on the list, they can purchase that from the bar. Also, whilst you might want to impress your guests with the finest champagne, you could serve Cava instead. Most guests are unlikely to know the difference whilst your purse strings will!
Make your own wedding invitations
With so many websites now offering a self service to design your invites, it’s easy to consider personalised invitations at a lower cost. You don’t need to send printed save the date cards – an email, calendar invite or Facebook event is enough to ensure your guests will indeed save the date. And when it comes to RSVPs, get guests to email you their responses so you don’t have to spend money on self addressed envelopes!
Get a good credit card deal
Okay – so it doesn’t sound like an obvious money saving tip. With so many couples paying upfront for wedding goods and services, there is a lot of trust being placed onto wedding suppliers. We’ve all heard the horror stories of vendors going bust and if this does happen to you it can cause not only a financial burden, but an emotional one too. So, we suggest that for items/services costing £100+, pay for it via a credit card. It just means that if the worst happens, the credit card company will be jointly liable – so you will get your money back! Please note; We are not suggesting you borrow money from your credit card, make sure you pay back what’s owed at the end of the month. Shop around for the best credit card deal as many of them have other benefits. (Like loyalty schemes, cash back, interest free periods etc). Wedding Insurance may be something to think about too, whilst we don’t anticipate you using it, The Moneymoon Service is fast, personalised & confidential so you can be focused on planning & enjoying your important day without the worries of “what if.”
Serve up your wedding cake as dessert
It may seem like an obvious tip, but serving your wedding cake as dessert is perfectly acceptable. More contemporary wedding cakes are made up of individual pieces, like cupcakes, so serving them can be easy. Failing that, just ask your caterer to serve slices of cake with single cream, or even fruits. If you do this – be mindful to have a cake that has a mass audience appeal. A chocolate cake or victoria sponge for example.
Look to the people around you
A wedding is one time that you can call on favours from friends and family, you will be surprised at how eager people are to help out. If you have an aunt that can bake, an uncle that has a beautiful car, a sister that can design- then you know what you need to do.
Simple ways to save money on your honeymoon
Another common myth is that couples need to go on honeymoon on the same day/next day after their wedding. Wrong. If your wedding is taking place at a peak time of year (eg: Summer Holidays), you’ll be paying peak prices for your honeymoon too. You could wait until later in the year to go on your honeymoon, but if this is not an option, then at the very least, fly mid-week which tend to come at a cheaper cost. (Make sure to let the airline and destination know that you are newly-weds, they may throw in some nice extras).
Buying suppliers services together
By buying all your supplier services at the same time, you can get a great discount. At Fuze, you will find all your key suppliers here and the more you buy the more discount you will get.
Our all-inclusive wedding packages provide you with the solution. We offer flexibility,great service and more importantly great value all whilst taking care of the planning and logistical nightmares- ensuring a stress free experience.
*Information from http://www.compareweddinginsurance.org.uk/articles/average-cost-uk-wedding