10 Easy Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding

With the average cost of a wedding now well over £30,000, it’s not always easy for those of us who don’t have loads of cash to splash to afford our dream day. Not all hope is lost, though. Here are ten easy ways you can save money on your wedding without compromising your dream day:

Beautiful bride holding a pair of Ted Baker wedding shoes

01. AVOID PEAK WEDDING DAYS/DATES

Choosing a popular date to get married on is likely to add a fair amount on to all aspects of your wedding. Be sure to avoid Valentine’s weekend and bank holidays if you have a small budget. You could also:

Opt for a winter wedding – Demand for wedding venues and entertainment is much lower in the autumn and winter months so your money could go much further. You may also want to consider when you’d like to celebrate your wedding anniversary each year as this could also influence your decision.

Steer clear of Saturdays – The cost of hiring a venue for your wedding and reception can be cut by opting to tie the knot on a Friday, Sunday or another weekday rather than the traditional Saturday. This is because many of the most popular wedding locations get booked up years in advance for Saturday weddings, and as a result of the high demand, they can afford to charge much higher prices.

Marry in the morning or late afternoon – If you’re happy to move your ceremony forward to the late morning you will benefit from cheaper ceremony costs. If you choose a lunch meal rather than a more formal sit down wedding breakfast in mid-afternoon, you will lower catering costs as well. And a later wedding time could help you cut costs by paying for just one wedding meal – rather than a wedding breakfast and additional food in the evening.

Bride giggling with her bridesmaids

02. OPT FOR PROM DRESSES FOR YOUR BRIDESMAIDS

Bridesmaids dresses can be expensive, but they actually needn’t be. Have you ever noticed that bridesmaids dresses and prom dresses often look very similar? Well, believe it or not, prom dresses tend to be a hell of a lot cheaper! You can easily save money here by opting to buy prom dresses for your bridesmaids, and no one would know any different. To cut costs even further, you could ask your them to wear shoes and accessories that they have already.

Rack of neatly hung wedding dresses

03. GO FOR A HIGH STREET WEDDING DRESS

High street doesn’t have to mean boring – department stores have cottoned on to the ‘wedding on a budget’ business and now sell some amazing wedding dresses at affordable prices. What’s even better is if you can snag them in the sale or with a discount code. Here’s what some of the big retailers offer:

ASOS – You can pick up gowns from £39.50, as well as a selection of bridesmaids’ dresses.
H&M – There’s a range of wedding dresses available from £85 and bridesmaid dresses from £40.
Next – Stock Lipsy wedding dresses starting from £135, as well as bridesmaids’ dresses and mother of the bride outfits.

Bride having her makeup done

04. UTILISE YOUR FRIENDS’ TALENTS

One way to avoid the price-trebling effects of getting married is to use the talents of your friends and family. Ask for their help in lieu of a wedding present. It’ll cut the cost of saying ‘I do’ and perhaps save on a gift for them too. Plus, it will make your big day all the more personal and memorable. For example:

  • Do you know a keen baker who can make the cake?
  • Do you have a friend who is a DJ, musician or even magician?
  • Is your mum a florist in the making?
  • Will your sister do your hair or make-up for you?
  • Does your grandad have a posh old classic car he’d be willing to chauffeur you in?

Bride holding a beautiful bouquet of flowers

05. DIY WHEREVER YOU CAN

By DIY-ing as much as you can, you’ll leave plenty of room in your budget for splashing out on other things that really matter. Examples of things you can easily DIY for your wedding include:

  • Save-the-dates and wedding invitations
  • Placecards
  • Centrepieces
  • Confetti
  • Bouquets and flower arrangements
  • Wedding favours

Ted Baker Bridal Shoes at the side of a beautiful bouquet

06. DON’T MENTION THE ‘W’ WORD

When dealing with suppliers, if there’s one thing guaranteed to increase the price, it’s when they know you’re buying for a wedding. So when negotiating flowers, food and wine etc, try to avoid using the word ‘wedding’. Call it a party or celebration, and only once the price is agreed should you mention what it’s actually for. Having said that, if you’re eloping, or after smaller bits and pieces, such as makeup, then mentioning you’re getting married can mean freebies galore!

Bride taking a selfie with her bridesmaids

07. GET YOUR GUESTS TO HELP WITH THE PHOTOS

One of the best things about a wedding is how the day unfolds for your guests, the wedding party and the happy couple. Every group has a slightly different experience – allow your guests to capture their viewpoint of your special day by collecting your guest’s photos on an app or website like Wedding Photo Swap.

If you haven’t heard of Wedding Photo Swap before then you should definitely check them out! They provide a simple, yet elegant solution to collecting and sharing photos taken by the guests at your wedding. And you’ll get a live feed of your guest’s photos from their app or website, meaning you can relive more of the moments that made their day – and yours – so special.

Using Wedding Photo Swap’s guest manager you can invite guests by email before the big day (through the app or website), or you can print cards pre-filled with your guest access details to add to your invites. These can then be sent out to the guests with the wedding invitations, or you could have them available at the big event – on your tables for example. You can save on the cost of a photographer this way, and it’s a much cheaper option than handing out disposable cameras and then having to get the films developed at a later date!

Beautiful wedding table set-up

08. BUY SECOND-HAND TABLE LINEN

Many hire companies and hotels periodically have sales to shift old, but usable table linens. Buy your linen like this for cheap and resell it after the big day. The same can be done for chair covers, organza sashes, and drapes etc.

Stunning wedding cake covered in flowers

09. SERVE WEDDING CAKE FOR DESSERT

Catering costs can soon spiral out of control when you’re planning a wedding. And, quite a lot of the time, people tend to be full after their starter and main course, so they don’t have dessert. You can, therefore, save a significant amount of money by not ordering desserts and serving up a piece of your magnificent wedding cake instead. Just make sure you get that all-important photo of you and your other half cutting it first!

Wedding guests toasting the bride and groom

10. DON’T OVER-INVITE

And, finally, think very carefully about guests. The numbers soon add up: 70 sounds a lot, but it’s only 15 members of each person’s family, then 10 friends each with partners. Narrow down your guest list. Stick to close friends and family. And if you want to invite more, just do it to the evening disco.

It can be difficult not to cave in to pressure from friends and family members that have an idea about what your special day should be like. Just remember that it’s your wedding and not theirs so keep this in mind when you’re planning it.

Do you have any other tips for saving money when planning a wedding?
If so, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Louise x

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18 Comments

  1. May 25, 2020 / 10:50 pm

    Who says a wedding must be expensive? These are really helpful tips.

  2. May 26, 2020 / 2:32 am

    Such great tips! Weddings can get crazy expensive, it’s always good to save some money.

  3. May 26, 2020 / 5:40 am

    hello lou! This post is very timely since we are starting to plan for our upcoming wedding. there’s also a regulation here in my country in line with covid19 to only permit parents and closest relatives during the wedding. there will no longer be entourage. i guess, that would be better – more intimate. i will make use of your tips during planning. thanks for sharing!

  4. Monidipa
    May 26, 2020 / 7:10 am

    This is what every person who’s about to get married needs now. These tips are too perfect.

  5. Marta
    May 26, 2020 / 12:10 pm

    Those are all great tips for somebody who is getting married. We saved money by making our own invatation and gifts for guests (we both paint) also I made my own wedding cake and my aunts made all the sweets for the wedding. It was a Mad hatter tea party theme

  6. May 26, 2020 / 9:53 pm

    i was telling my bf that i would rather elope than to plan a wedding, but i totally reconsider it haha

  7. May 27, 2020 / 2:19 am

    I have spent some money I tell you on my wedding. This is something I needed years ago. Not having it on Saturday alone saves tons.

  8. May 27, 2020 / 10:24 am

    Wow £30,000 that’s such an incredible amount of money! We did some of these – my mother-in-law made the cake, another saving was candles instead of flowers on the tables. We were also really firm with the guest list which was tricky, but worth it.

  9. May 27, 2020 / 12:10 pm

    These are all savvy tips for sure! I am going to share with my sister who is getting married. She will love them!

  10. Maxim Dsouza
    May 27, 2020 / 12:36 pm

    Great tips. I wish I had read them before I got married 🙂

  11. May 27, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    The over-inviting is the area I feel is the hardest lol. I love the ideas of prom dresses for the bridesmaids and to serve the wedding cake for dessert, the most.

  12. Melanie williams
    May 27, 2020 / 8:13 pm

    There are some really practical and sound ideas here. Yes why not serve the wedding cake as dessert I think that makes complete sense x

  13. Harman
    May 27, 2020 / 10:44 pm

    The thought process went in the post is amazing. I haven’t read any such tips on any post.

  14. Rosey
    May 27, 2020 / 11:47 pm

    It is smart to utilize friends. They will put more love into a project than a lot of others might.

  15. Jay Aguirre
    May 28, 2020 / 2:56 am

    Ooh these are all really important tips that a lot of people might not think about! Weddings can be really expensive so these are great tips.

  16. May 28, 2020 / 3:39 am

    These are some great ideas for saving money. I hadn’t thought o some of these ideas before. Thanks for sharing

  17. May 28, 2020 / 11:45 am

    Such a wonderful checklist for new couple. I totally agree with the last point and there is no need to invite to too many people especially those who are not so close with us.

  18. May 29, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    It can be so easy to get carried away when you come to organise a wedding, but you’ve highlighted some wonderful ways you can help save money during the planning.

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