For many newly engaged couples, the biggest wedding worry is money.
Perhaps you are wondering how you can make your wedding affordable, or whether you can afford to get married at all. The financial worries that come with marriage can cause a lot of unnecessary stress in the lead up to the big day.
Although your wedding should be one of the most magical days of your life, it doesn’t hurt to be realistic about it. Blowing all your savings on just one day, no matter how special, may not be the best move to make.
Of course you want a beautiful, memorable wedding day, but there is no need to break the bank to get it. A budget wedding can be just as beautiful as a no-expense spared wedding, you just need to get a little bit creative.
Choosing a venue
The cost of the venue is often the most expensive part of your wedding day, especially if you choose to hire the venue to do the catering. Instead of paying for an expensive package deal, get creative and come up with your own unique ideas for your venue and catering.
To keep costs as low as possible, choose a venue that isn’t overly expensive. Sometimes the simplest venues can make for the most beautiful wedding locations. Look into hiring out a village hall, a barn, a marquee or another low cost venue.
If you have your heart set on a traditional wedding venue, like a luxury hotel, you will need to be flexible. Look for last minute wedding packages on discount sites or opt to get married on a weekday, as this will be cheaper than a weekend.
Picking your wedding dress
Of course, every bride wants an expensive designer wedding dress, but if you can’t afford it then you can’t afford it. The dress might be important, but there is no need to cancel your wedding just because you can’t have a designer dress. Most affordable wedding dresses are just as beautiful as their expensive alternatives; it is just about finding your perfect dress.
If you are desperate for a designer piece, then you need to start bargain hunting. Find out when local sample sales are taking place, and use them to get discounts on designer wedding wear. You could also research where your nearest designer wedding dress outlet is located. Outlet stores stock last season’s designer clothes and sell them for a fraction of the original price. The dresses may be last season’s designs, but there are still just as stunning.
If you are unsure of what style you want, have a look at online wedding dress sites like dreamwedding. These sites will be able to give you some idea of what you perfect wedding dress look like. Plus, online wedding sites often have discounts and sales going on, so it is always worth keeping an eye on your favourite sites.
Your guest list
A smaller and more intimate wedding will not only save you money, it will also make your day that much more special, as you will be spending your day with the people closest to you. Instead of spending your time talking to ex-colleagues and your old neighbour, you can let loose and enjoy your time with your family and closest friends.
Remember, your wedding day is about confirming the love you have for your partner. So, whether there are 30 guests or 300 guests it doesn’t make your day any less special.
Choosing your wedding cake
Believe it or not, a wedding cake can cost hundreds of pounds. If your budget won’t stretch as far as a luxury wedding cake, don’t worry there are plenty of other options for you to choose from.
Instead of paying for an overpriced wedding cake, ask your local patisserie or bakery whether they can create you a wedding cake at an affordable price. Alternatively, use the internet and social media sites to find freelance bakers and cake designers and ask what they charge for a simple wedding cake.
If you are set on having a luxury wedding cake. Approach cake shops and ask if they can recommend a cake designer who is still training and would be willing to design a cake at a cheaper price. If you have a friend or family member who is a skilled baker, why not ask them to create your wedding cake for you. A beautiful wedding cake would make the perfect wedding present.
Remember, just because you aren’t able to spend thousands of pounds on your wedding, it doesn’t mean it can’t be perfect. It may take a little longer to plan and may require a bit more hard work, but with some creativity and bit of help from your bridesmaids, you can easily make a budget wedding a success.