So many of you loved reading Carolyn’s tips about finding vintage china for your wedding, so I’m thrilled to be sharing another fantastic article from her again today. Carolyn is the wedding coordinator from The Pavilion at Lane End (Bucks outdoor wedding venue) and has some simple, easy and super practical tips for saving money on your wedding. Enjoy!
If you are reading this blog then you are most likely planning a wedding, which would mean you are probably aware by now just how quickly it all adds up! In my daily duties as a wedding coordinator I am often asked about wedding budgets and whether there are ways to save costs and stay within budget.
I recently read on moneysupermarket.com that the average cost of a wedding in the UK is now £20,000. This is probably one of the biggest investments you will make next to buying your first house, so I would recommend taking your time and consider every decision carefully.
Here are some of my money-saving suggestions for you to consider over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine!
1. Winter weddings!
Why not embrace the British weather and ditch the idea of getting married in the summer, this might just save you a small fortune. I know from experience that venues offer discounted hire charges and wedding packages during unpopular seasons. Believe me when I say, you could save as much as 50% as most suppliers including florists, photographers and salons will be willing to negotiate during quieter wedding months.
2. DIY weddings!
This is one of my favourite types of wedding. It is not only great for saving money, it can also add real personality to your wedding.
I think DIY weddings are truly unique and beautiful. For me one of the greatest benefits of a do-it-yourself wedding is the level of detail, it’s all those finishing touches that are completely unique to you that inject your own personality into the wedding.
You can ask friends and family to help with decorating the venue, making place cards, favours and signs. This can also be a great opportunity for a really nice pre-wedding event for you to share with your nearest and dearest.
3. All inclusive wedding packages.
There are a huge variety of wedding packages and venue hire options available at various wedding venues. I would highly recommend looking at various options and make a shortlist of the most cost effective options.
Some venues like ours offer all-inclusive wedding packages, which can really save you a great deal. For example, we include reception flowers, wedding cake, DJ, photographer and chair covers in our Diamond wedding package. The benefit of working regularly with a few trusted suppliers is the buying power, which allows us to pass the savings directly on to you!
4. Call in favours!
Everyone has family and friends with skills! Think about which skills could come in handy.
Do you have a friend with the proverbial “green fingers”? If so, why not ask them to grow flowers and create some loose, informal floral centrepieces? You might know a talented card maker who would be happy to make handmade invitations, or perhaps there is a keen baker who will be happy to create a beautiful cupcake tower for your wedding cake.
These ideas will not only reduce the cost of your wedding, it will add special touches that will be remembered and associated with your big day.
5. Clever Catering
The venue aside, food and drink can be one of the biggest expenses.
If you need to save costs, why not consider a hog roast or a bridal buffet instead of a formal sit down? Many venues will consider alternative catering options to keep the cost down during off-season wedding dates.
Alternatively, if you are like me and prefer formal sit-down weddings, then perhaps offer two courses and serve the wedding cake for dessert. These days the wedding cake can be anything from chocolate cake to strawberry sponge, instead of the traditional fruit cake.
I am a firm believer that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have your dream wedding.
By adapting your wedding to an autumn or winter wedding and asking friends and family to pitch in and help, you can reduce your wedding budget by a substantial amount.
I hope these tips will help you find creative ways to organise a cost-effective, yet wonderfully romantic wedding.
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