Photo credit: Anna T (what a beautiful bride!)
Today I’ve been writing a piece about how to get married on a budget of £1,000. Now, I’m not entirely sure that the £1,000 wedding is possible but I’d love to be proved wrong. Anyhow, I thought I’d share with you some of the tips I wrote:
Think about your friends and relatives; what skills do they have, what could you borrow? Could someone make your cake or arrange the flowers? Are any of your friends in a band? Do you know anyone who got married recently? Do they have anything you could borrow?
Consider getting married outside of peak wedding season and even during the week. Venues often offer massive discounts to couples willing to marry outside of busy times.
Book some consultancy time with a local wedding planner. Although this might seem like an unnecessary expense, a planner will be able to advise you how to create a wedding on a budget and how to effectively spend your money.
Before you buy anything, find out if you can hire it first. Florists often hire out vases, candleholders and other venue decorations for a fraction of the cost price.
When choosing the flowers for your wedding think about how to make the biggest impact with the smallest amount of flowers. For example, three peony heads floating in a fishbowl vase can be just as beautiful as a traditional table center and will cost a fraction of the price. In the same way, give bridesmaids single stems rather than full bouquets.
Keep the number of bridesmaids, best men and ushers to a minimum in order to save on expensive attire, accessories, flowers etc. If you can’t choose between your best friends consider having a couple of flower girls in place of adult bridesmaids.
Buy a second hand wedding dress. Most dresses are worn for such a short time that if you’re on a budget, it makes sense to buy something second hand. It’s often possible to pick up a designer dress for next to nothing from sites such as ebay and some charities shops even have dedicated bridal stores.
Hold your ceremony later in the afternoon. That way, you’ll reduce the amount of food and drink you require as well as cutting the amount of time you’ll need to hire your venue for.
Think really carefully before you book your venue. It might be tempting to go for the village hall because it’s the cheapest option but consider how much you’ll need to spend on decorations. A local restaurant might be more expensive a first glance, but if it needs few finishing touches, it might be the more budget-friendly option.
When choosing your menu, pick dishes that are seasonal and if possible local. Not only will ingredients be cheaper, they’ll also taste fabulous.
Serve your wedding cake in place of dessert. Perhaps choose a chocolate cake and serve it with cream and seasonal berries to create the wow factor without the attached price tag.
Consider asking each of your guests to bring something to drink along with them. Guests will be more than happy to contribute as they won’t spend money at a bar you’ll have a great selection of drinks for guests.
Send invitations via email rather than buying them and sending them by post. There are lots of pretty templates to choose from and you could even design your own. Not only will you save pounds, you’ll be kind to the environment too.