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Wedding Saving Ideas: How To Cut Your Costs

Read on for our best cost-cutting secrets.

Wedding Saving Ideas: How To Cut Your Costs

With the cost of an average British wedding at an all-time high, it’s no wonder you start to panic when it comes to your budget.

Thankfully, there are lots of different ways to save money – it’s all about getting creative! So to help you out, here are our favourite wedding saving ideas.

1. Go down the DIY route

If you’ve got creative people in your family, why not give it a go? Pinterest has so much inspiration and you can even ask other brides you know what ideas they used for their wedding. If you have an idea, there are lots of possibilities.

Try not to leave any DIY until the last minute. If things don’t go to plan, at least you’ll have time to give it another go.

2. Go local

When you’re hiring suppliers from around the country, you’ve got to take into account their travel expenses. That’s why it can be better to look around your local area instead.

3. Plan an out of season wedding

If you plan a wedding between October and March, this will be significantly cheaper for you. Plus, just think how wonderful a winter wedding would be!

4. Prioritise your budget

This is one of the first conversations you should have with your partner when you start to plan your wedding. Prioritising your budget will allow you to know exactly where to direct your time, attention and money.

Thinking about an overall goal for your wedding will really help you here. For instance, our overall goal for our wedding is to celebrate our life together and thank everyone who has been a part of our journey. Yours might be similar to this or different, it’s completely up to you.

5. Ask for help

If you know friends or family who have a special talent, don’t be afraid to ask them for help. There might be a cake maker or a florist in your family who’ll be happy to contribute, but you’ll never know unless you ask.

6. Head to the charity shops

Charity shops are a wonderland for finding so many beautiful hidden treasures. You’ll be able to find table decorations and more.

7. Borrow a car

Hiring a car can be quite expensive when it comes to your wedding day. So if there’s an expensive car in the family, why not ask to borrow that? Give it a wash, put a fancy ribbon on it, and you’ve got the perfect wedding car.

8. Try and get as much as possible included at the venue

A mistake a lot of couples make is choosing a venue and then realising they have to hire caterers and entertainment separately. For our upcoming wedding, our venue cost includes entertainment and food, which is cutting the cost instead of doing it separately.

9. Ask your bridesmaids to contribute

You could always ask your bridesmaids to buy their own shoes and accessories, and this will help them add their own style to the outfit too. Here are the bridesmaids’ suppliers we have here at The Wedding Gallery.

10. Cut down your guest list

This is one of the best wedding saving ideas out there. The main way you’re going to cut down your wedding cost is by cutting down on your guest list. There’s no point in trying to plan a wedding on a budget if you’re inviting hundreds of people.

The two of you surrounded by your closest family and friends is the best way to go. We’ve written a full post on how you can put together your wedding guest list which you can read here. Just remember, it’s your day and it’s about what you want.

11. Choose seasonal flowers

If you’re going for real flowers, seasonal bouquet designs can be a cheaper way to go about it. Be sure to chat with your florist. Artifical flowers are also a great wedding saving idea.

12. Get wedding insurance

This might be a cost in itself, but if something goes wrong, you could be paying a lot more than you planned. Wedding insurance isn’t as expensive as you think and could save a lot of hassle for you.

13. Let guests buy their own drinks

An open bar is an added luxury. It’ll only add to the cost of the day and you don’t really need it!

For more help with your wedding planning, be sure to book an appointment with one of our consultants here at The Wedding Gallery.

By Holly Sutton

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