Wedding budget – how to save money on a wedding

There’s no denying it weddings are an expensive business.  Having been in the wedding industry for quite a while now I’ve seen weddings put together with all sorts of budgets, and quite often the ones that stand out are those that people have taken their time on and selected excellent suppliers along with a venue that is personal to them.  Along the way I have been given money saving tips that are too good not to share…

1. Instead of a traditional Saturday wedding, why not have a Sunday or Friday wedding?  You can save thousands on a venue if you opt for a non-traditional day like a weekday, and if you plan it right you could try a day before a bank holiday…You can always ask your venue if you could have a discount if you’re getting married out of season as well.

2. Taking your time and not rushing a wedding is a complete godsend!  You can book the venue you want with the suppliers you want if you book well in-advance.  And you save money if they decide to put their prices up by putting down a deposit.  You will also be able to do lots of research on what places/suppliers are the least expensive without sacrificing quality.

3.  Ask the venue if you can supply your own drinks for use in the bar, and charge your guests a discounted price for this.  If you buy wholesale and sell it you can almost pay off your catering bill!  And your guests will get a nice discounted price for their drinks.  Some venues will also buy off the remaining amount (if it’s nice stuff) – but be warned some venues will not do this!

4.  Rent a house for the wedding and guests.  I know a few people who have saved so much money by renting a stately house, and then getting their guests to pay for a room each.  Saving them money on a venue effectively!  This is great for a low-key, easy wedding and so lovely to actually spend time with family and friends for a longer time than just 16 hours or so.  You also cut expenses of car hire, additional hotels etc.

5. Have your ceremony and reception in the same place.  You not only save valuable time with friends and family, but not a hire car, flowers and get those wedding photographs in plenty of time too!

6.  Save money on your wedding cake by having a fake bottom layer!  The bonus is your cake looks amazingly expensive, but it’s only two layers saving money and not wasting any food.  Have the cake designer make a fake cardboard bottom layer, that way when you cut into it at the top it looks perfectly normal…

7.  Choose a venue that doesn’t need much decoration like a barn or a venue that already has decor in place like fairy lights or natural wooden chairs.  You can save a heap on not buying those fiddly bits and pieces, and I think gone are those white chair covers and ribbons which are getting a little dated now.

8.  Don’t DIY everything.  Sometimes couples feel they can save money on doing their own wedding invitations, favours, and decorations – but when you pop into Hobby Craft and see the expensive ribbon, card and stamps it can all add up, when it might have just been best to go with a wedding supplier who already has all this and just charges for their time…

9. Get a bargin at a bridal boot sale!  I’ve been to a few of these and be warned they are additive!  It’s basically a massive boot sale hosted by former brides who want to sell of their wedding decoration they used – for literally pounds!  Think vintage suitcases, jam jars, vintage teacup sets…then you can sell these items again after your wedding!  Bonus!

10.  Take advantage of a credit card with cash back!  Quite often you can save enough money to pay off your venue or catering…