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If you’re planning on getting married soon, then you have a pretty significant expense ahead of you. You might have even thought about taking out a personal loan via somewhere like Readies.co.uk just so you can afford everything. From the wedding dress to the catering and the band, there are a lot of different fees to think about – so it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
The good news is that it is possible to make your wedding a little cheaper if you’re willing to try a few crafty money-saving strategies. To help you keep the costs of your nuptials as low as possible, we’ve put together a list of our top tips.
Avoid Prime Days
Having your wedding on a Saturday might seem like the ideal way to get everyone there. After all, you won’t need to worry as much about your friends and family booking a day off work. However, Saturday weddings are often the most expensive, because they’re so convenient. With that in mind, think about hosting your wedding on a Sunday or a Friday instead. You can still have an amazing time, and most people won’t mind changing their schedule to suit you – it is your big day after all!
Get a Basic Dress
It’s tempting as a bride to splash out on the most expensive dress you can find. However, a much better way to save some money and get a unique style, is to buy a basic dress, then work with a specialist to have it altered just how you like. This way, you can create the dress of your dreams, without having to spend over-the-odds. You can save thousands on a gown that’s designed just for you, and you can rest assured that no-one else will have anything like it.
Choose a Flexible Venue
Whenever possible, look for a venue that can be flexible when it comes to vendors. Ideally, you want to be able to use your own caterers, florists, and other professionals, so that you don’t have to over-spend on whatever the venue themselves have to offer. You can even ask your friends and family to help you out with things like catering if your venue allows it. It might be a good idea to look for a site that lets you bring your own booze too!
Have Paper Flowers!
Flowers are some of the most expensive parts of your wedding – and you only get to use them for a short amount of time. If you want to save some serious cash and have a keepsake to give to your bridesmaids and other essential members of the wedding party, try paper flowers instead. These options last forever (or for as long as you look after them), and they cost a lot less. What’s more, you can customise your flowers to look, however you like, with all the colours of the rainbow.
Buy When Necessary
Hiring things like wedding table décor might seem like a good way to save money at first until you realise how much you’re spending on renting. If you can buy some cheap items from second-hand stores or shops online and make them look incredible, then you’ve got a great money-saving hack.
What’s more, if you purchase your items, you’ll always have the option to sell them on to another happy couple after your wedding is over – that’s a great way to keep your costs as low as possible. Just make sure that you don’t go over the top with customisation if you’re planning on selling your
Have a Fake Cake
Instead of spending a fortune on a multi-tier cake, ask your baker to make the top tier of the cake real for the cutting ceremony, and make the rest out of Styrofoam. You can still decorate the foam accordingly, and if you’re worried about not having enough cake to share out, consider making
cupcakes to give to your guests instead, of having a sweet buffet where people can grab their favourite pick-and-mix treats.
Be Your Own DJ
If you were thinking of having a DJ instead of a band, why not try doing the work for yourself? Ask your venue if they have a set of speakers you can plug your iPhone into and make your own wedding playlist. This way, you can choose all the songs that mean something to you and your partner to be. You’ll save a fortune on your entertainment too!