How to Save on Your Wedding

Wedding RingsA survey done by ‘You and Your Wedding’ at the beginning of 2015 found that the average cost of a wedding in England is £20,983. And, even though 22% of the brides surveyed were going to adjust their budget due to the change in economic climate, 50% believed they would go over budget. That’s a crazy amount of money! And, for those of us who want to live life economically, £20,983 is not an option.

As we were thinking about weddings, both ours and the weddings of our friends and families, we realized that most people are willing to cut back on costs. The problem is, they don’t know where or how to cut these costs. Considering how the wedding industry has been pushing brides to spend more than they should for generations, this makes a lot of sense. Until recently, it was a popular thing to say you were going to save money on a wedding. But, now it’s not only popular, for most of us, it’s a necessity.

So, here are our favorite ideas on how to save on your wedding!

1. Look for Quality, not Expense

It’s a pretty accepted concept that the people who are best at their jobs will cost the most amount of money. While this is somewhat true, you can still find professionals who, just because they aren’t as well-known, cost a lot less than other experts in that field. If you do a little bit of research, you might be able to find photographers, videographers, florists, and caterers who cost half the price of the accepted ‘wedding professionals’. If the quality of their product is just as good, don’t go for the more expensive one.

2. Ask Friends for Help

You don’t always have to ask a lower-priced professional. If you have friends who are talented in certain fields or have experience, ask them to help you out with some of your needs. You don’t want to be the bride who gets her friends to do everything for free, so offer to pay for materials or even for their time. Because they’re your friends, they’ll probably give you a much lower price than the professionals. And some of them might provide the service in lieu of a wedding present.

However, if you have friends who sing, play instruments, or do photography, remember they’re still guests at your wedding. Try not to require them to work the whole time, so they can enjoy a bit of your day, too. If you can find multiple people to do each service, they can all take a turn and still have plenty of time to visit with friends and even grab a quick bite to eat.

3. Have an All-in-one Wedding

You can save quite a bit of money, and stress, if you can find a venue that allows you to have your wedding and your reception in the same location. Not only will your guests not have to drive from one place to another, causing a long wait between wedding and reception, but keeping everything in one place is easier to plan. Plus, most venues that allow you to do both parts of your wedding at their location will offer discounts. You’ll save a lot of time doing it all in one place, too, which gives you more time to party at the reception!

4. Pick a Naturally Beautiful Venue

If you want to save money on decorating costs, pick a venue that doesn’t need much in decorations. This could be anything, from a garden wedding to a quaint location that has enough charm of its own. By not having to do decorations, you’ll save yourself huge costs.

One option is to have your wedding during the holiday season. If you’re a fan of red, most of the venues available during this time of year will already be decorated for Christmas. Not only is the holiday season great, because it’s off-season, most things will be cheaper anyways. And, if you’re worried about your guest list being too small, having a wedding during the holidays, when everyone is off from work and school anyways, will ensure that the friends and family members who matter to you will be more likely to attend.

5. Stay Close to Home

It can be extremely tempting to pick the perfect location for your wedding and just travel out there for your big day. However, it will cost you bucket loads of money to travel back and forth to plan things. Plus, you’ll need to pay extra for lodging for all your friends and family who live close to home. And, if you’re a bride who cares about the details, not being able to get to your venue easily to check the little things out can cause an unneeded amount of stress.

If you’re looking for a unique location and you feel your hometown just doesn’t offer it, do a bit of research. You’d be surprised at the little things that are hidden in a city. And, if your heart is set on being at a beach or certain city for your wedding, plan to visit there for your honeymoon.

6. Pick in Season Flowers

You might have a dream bouquet, but if the flowers you want aren’t in season, you’re going to end up with a handful of flowers that cost more than your dress. If you want to save money one your flower arrangements, start by finding out what flowers will be in season for your wedding. Once you have a list of those flowers, try seeing if any of them resemble your dream bouquet. You might be surprised at what you can create with a little bit of imagination.

7. Pick Your own Vendors

Try to find a venue that will allow you to bring in your own vendors. It can be very tempting to use the preferred vendors of your venue, but they’ll probably be much more expensive than ones you can find on your own. If your venue will let you bring in your own caterer, bartender, DJ, and photographer, you can do your own research and find ones that are a fraction of the cost of the venues vendors. And, it will give you more creative power over what you get to eat, drink, and dance to.

8. Get a House

If you’re having a lot of out of town guests come in for your wedding, consider renting a house instead of having everyone get their own hotel rooms. There’s something extremely impersonal about hotel rooms. After every event on your wedding weekend, friends and family will go their separate ways to their own little rooms. However, if everyone goes back to one location, the party will never stop. Old friends will be able to spend time catching up and families will be able to stay close to each other.

Plus, and here’s the important part, house rentals cost so much less than multiple hotel rooms. If your guests are planning to get hotel rooms anyways, they’ll be thrilled to know that they can now pay half or a quarter of the cost to stay in a big, beautiful house. And, if you’re feeling extra thrifty, you can get a house to hold your wedding and/or reception and have all the wedding party stay together. Instant savings.

9. Save on Your Cake

A wedding cake is one of the most beautiful and most expensive parts of any wedding. Thankfully, there are lots of little tricks you can use to cut back your cake costs. Instead of getting a huge, elaborate cake, have the body of the cake made from cardboard or Styrofoam. Then, have the top made of real cake so you and your new spouse can cut into that and do the traditional feeding each other. Have the staff take the cake to the back, so no one knows it’s mostly faked, and have sheet cakes cut up and served to your guests. Sheet cakes are so much cheaper and you’ll be able to feed all your guests for a fraction of the price.

10. Don't Have a Cake

If you’re looking to go a more non-traditional route, skip out on the cake altogether. There are so many alternatives to cakes that are just as beautiful. Go for the popular cupcake. Or even serve your guests different flavored cookies. Some people are now doing ice cream bars at their weddings. If you have a favorite dessert, why not serve that instead of cake? There have even been a few instances when pies have been served in place of the more traditional cake.

What is the Verdict?

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