This may not exactly be news to you, but getting married these days is an expensive endeavour. If you’re getting ready to tie the knot then you’re likely already aware of the infallible money-making technique that most businesses apply to weddings (which is to say, adding the prefix ‘wedding’ enables them to charge what they like). Between venue hire, catering, entertainments, photographers, flowers, cake, grooming the groom and of course your wedding dress, the average price for a British wedding is £30,111. That’s not even the cost of a particularly extravagant wedding with elephants, fire jugglers and a cutting-edge conceptually driven menu by Heston Blumenthal. Nope, that’s the price tag of a standard-issue British wedding.
If you join us in thinking this price-tag unfairly extortionate, then don’t despair! We’ve compiled some thrifty wedding hacks that will allow you to save a substantial amount of money without compromising on quality. Through a combination of smart shopping and making judicious choices, you can offset some of that massive cost.
Before we break these money saving hacks down, it’s important to remember an oft-overlooked fact. Your wedding is the opportunity for you and your partner to declare your love in front of your friends and family. That’s what matters. That’s all that matters. Everything else is just window dressing. That said, of course nice things are nice and you want to surround yourself with as many nice things as possible on your big day. The truth, though, is that we as a society falsely equate cost with quality. This post is about saving on cost, not having a wedding that looks and feels cheap and compromised.
Anyway, on with the savings…
Decide on a budget and stick to it
Sounds blatantly obvious? Sure, but it’s astonishing how few couples heed this incredibly simple advice. Between you and your partner (and any generous contributions from family) you should decide on a realistic budget and plan everything around it.
If you can, put your wedding savings in a high interest account so that your wedding savings can make you a little extra money in the lead-up to the big day.
Guard against mishaps
Whenever you get a group of adult humans together, there are bound to be risks of mishap. When you add a multitude of disparate businesses (caterers, photographers, venue staff etc.), children and alcohol then the list of potential mishaps grows exponentially. And that’s assuming that nothing goes wrong prior to the big day i.e. nobody drops the cake, the dress doesn’t get dropped in a puddle and the groom doesn’t spend the night handcuffed naked to a lamp post. For your peace of mind (as well as potentially saving yourself a fortune) we strongly recommend checking out https://wedinsure.co.uk to select a wedding insurance policy that’s right for you. Sure, it’s an extra expenditure, but one that could potentially save your wedding day.
Consider going ‘off the peg’ for your dress
There’s no such thing as an ugly wedding dress. While many women go all out on a bespoke, designer number there are a great many equally beautiful dresses ‘off the peg’ at a fraction of the price.
Think twice about your dates
Everyone wants to get married on a summers’ weekend and the wedding industry is only too happy to inflate its prices accordingly. Considering a glorious winter wedding (or even just not getting married on a Saturday) can save you an absolute fortune. Don’t worry about the availability of your guests. They love you, so they’ll be there whatever date you choose! Which brings us to…
Pare down the guest list
Narrowing down your guest list to the people you really want to be their and not who you feel obligated to invite, is one of the surest ways to save money on your wedding day. If there’s anyone you’re at-all unsure about then you can always invite them to the evening party and not the wedding itself proper. If you’re open and honest, you’ll see how amenable potential guests are to saving you money.
Guard against hidden costs
When negotiating with venues, caterers and the like, be sure to confirm that all costs quoted are comprehensive and inclusive. Some underhanded businesses may pull out VAT or corkage as additional costs when the final bill comes, which can have a serious impact on your budget.
Your big day doesn’t need to come with a big price tag. By negotiating where you can and resorting to some less conventional options you can have a magical wedding without beginning married life in unimaginable debt.
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