Are you ready for the very best tips on how to save money for your wedding? Real brides and grooms whose weddings have featured on the English Wedding Blog over the last few weeks have shared their best advice to help YOU save money.
There are 17 tips on everything from recruiting family & friends to shopping around, negotiating with suppliers and focusing on the things which are most important to you as a couple. It’s great to hear from couples whose advice is given in hindsight, after the wedding day.
So here you go – 17 pretty awesome answers to that all important question:
What’s your top tip for saving money on your wedding?
1. “Concentrate on the main things required first and the big costs. Our venue’s pricing structure really helped.” Lyndsey & Dean
2. “Shop around! I must have gone to 5 florists before I found Heather who was a reasonable price. Also try bridal outlets and second hand stores for your dress. They feel like normal boutiques and the dresses have only been worn once so are in amazing condition. You might just get that dress you just couldn’t afford usually.” Rebecca & John
3. “As we were having quite a large wedding we saved a lot of money by choosing a venue which enabled you to use outside catering. Our food spend per head was a lot less and the standard of the food was very high. Our venue also didn’t change corkage, so we saved a lot of money on wine and champagne. We spent a lot of time doing our own wedding crafts and made use of talented friends and family for things like the wedding cake, wedding hair and bridal bouquet, which saved a lot of money.” Emily & Daniel
4. “Getting married out of season, we saved lots of money getting married in winter and it made getting suppliers a lot easier as they weren’t fully booked months in advance. If you get married in summer you hope for good weather and are often left disappointed in the UK, we didn’t expect good weather in January so there was no disappointment, in fact we were left surprised when it snowed on the morning of the wedding!” Sam & Siobhan
5. “Don’t go over the top or lavish with decoration (unless that’s what you’re into), think simple and personal. There are lots of things you can DIY such as bunting, favours and other decorations and I would totally recommend hiring any props, vases or anything else as it’s not only cheaper but convenient as well as you won’t be lumbered with them after the big day wondering what to do with 20 vases!” Rachel & Mike
6. “We did not have any cars to take us to the wedding, only 1 to leave in. Also we had a late wedding so no extra entertainment was needed.” Liza & Matt
7. “Think about the assets and resources you have between yourselves and your family and friends and make sure that you make the most of them!
For example, instead of hiring a posh car we chose to ask my parents if we could use the family Landrover Defender! Hannah and I had grown up with Landrovers and love them a lot more than swanky cars so it seemed silly to splash out on a car I would know nothing about! Who was going to drive it was a bit of a conundrum at first but it in the end Hannah hitched up her bridesmaid dress and drove us to the ceremony and on to the reception! She’s a multi-talented lady! Mum and Dad shined it to within an inch of its life and decorated it with bunting and flower garlands – they even pimped up the hubcaps!” Paul & Naomi
8. “Don’t be bullied into having things at your wedding because you feel you “should”. Work out what’s important to you as a couple and spend your money on those things. Your guests will remember that they spent the day celebrating with you (and that they were fed!) anything else is up to you.” Oliver & Claire
9. “Do lots of research and if you can do it yourself, go for it. Personal touches are special.” Dean & Leah
10. “Get help where you can from friends and family.” Georgia & Ross
11. “Utilise your friends and family well!” Yasmin & Simon
12. “Online research, and most definitely ebay for smaller items such as favours or DIY craft materials. Also have a budget and try to stick to it, but don’t be a slave to it.” Emma & Matt
13. “Start with a budget (including all the little extras) and understand what is really important to you both and agree what you can compromise on if something comes in higher than your initial budget.
Don’t be embarrassed to either wait or ask when Supplier promotions are on, or discuss your budget with a Supplier if something is more expensive than you budgeted for. For example – I absolutely loved the flowers I had chosen for the bouquets, but they came in higher than our original budget. I rang Michelle (our florist) and discussed how we could reduce the cost while keeping the quality and style, instead of changing the flowers we reduced the size of the bouquets and they were absolutely beautiful -No one would ever know I had to compromise (apart from you now I’ve put it in this blog)!” Lisa & Richie
14. “Work out the most important aspects of your wedding and costs for these. Then increase your budget to include everything else. You don’t need to do everything. We didn’t hire cars as our venue was a 5 min drive away and we just wouldn’t get the enjoyment out of hiring a car for such a short drive.” Kelly & Joe
15. “Considering we went over budget on most things I don’t think we are the best people to give advice! Though I would say try and stick to your budget, sometimes it’s a case of compromising on things that are less important to you. Also if you fancy being a little creative and making some things yourself it can really cut the cost!” James & Carla
16. “Bartering with everyone! Venues charge so much for everything, there is always a deal to be made.” Hayley & Alex
17. “If friends and family are happy to help – let them! We had (I think!) willing volunteers to help with the decorations, stationery and cake. Definitely a great way to save a bit of money and make the day personal.” Bex & Rob