Save money and still have the best day of your life
Budgeting is always a big topic that comes up when you’re planning a wedding. So today, we thought we’d share our very best tips and ideas for couples worried about their wedding budget.
It’s never too early to start making plans for your wedding, no matter how long of an engagement you’re having. This is especially true for DIY brides. Don’t leave everything until the last minute.
You could also try hitting retail shops during sales seasons, but be sure to be strategic about this.
We’ve written a whole post dedicated to this topic, but it’s so important to agree your areas of priority with your partner. Then you can allocate the biggest chunks of your budget to them. A good question to ask yourself is: what are the 5 most important elements of your wedding?
Remember that you get what you pay for. Don’t cut corners with some suppliers like photographers, as that’s something that will last long after the wedding day.
You can work your way around it by spending less in some areas and more in others. But for the most part, draw up a comprehensive plan when you first start wedding planning and stick to it as best you can.
Always leave room in your budget for a little extra. There are always things that come up. Someone in your family might end up having a baby and that’s an extra guest.
Do your research while you’re creating your budget to make sure your expectations are realistic. This will give you a much better idea of how much things will cost.
A budget spreadsheet will become your new best friend. It’s a place where you can keep track of all your expenses.
You could download a template online, but it’s best to create your own, where you can keep track of your budget, quotes, deposits and other spending. This way, little spends won’t add up without you noticing.
Try and compare different prices and options wherever possible. You’d be surprised at some of the different price ranges you can come across. Don’t limit yourself to certain suppliers. A lot of this will depend on the theme and style of your wedding day.
If you’re going down the DIY route, Pinterest will be a great source of inspiration. You might be able to find materials in local charity shops. Do your research and it’ll pay off.
Don’t be afraid to bargain! Learn to know where and when to spend money. Ask for discounts, go DIY – there are lots of ways you can save money with your wedding budget. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know.
If you have your wedding at a hotel or hall, you usually won’t have to hire in because everything is already there.
Sometimes, you could choose to get married in a garden or on a beach and celebrate how much cheaper it is. But that’s not taking into account all the hiring fees you’ll need to pay for (chairs, marquee, cutlery, crockery etc.)
Of course, it CAN be cheaper this way, but usually, it’s much more hassle. Plus, all-inclusive wedding venues also offer extras like accommodation and on-site wedding planners that can help reduce the planning pressure.
You can save money when it comes to your wedding on elements that aren’t as important to you. Let go of the things you think you’re expected to have and focus on what’s important to you. Allocate your budget accordingly.
DIY wherever you can. This isn’t just a great way to save money, it also makes your wedding more personal. Plus it’s fun! Even better than that, it gets friends and family involved and you never know what brilliant ideas they might come up with.
Yep, you heard it. Usually, fewer guests usually mean a cheaper price and your wedding will be so much more intimate. It’s not about who you feel you have to invite. It’s who you actually want there that matters the most.
So if you think you can’t pull off your dream wedding on a budget, this list of tips just goes to show that it’s definitely possible. You don’t have to give up what you love. It’s just about being smart with your money!