Saving Money On Your Wedding
Save On The Ceremony
If that’s an option for you, the cheapest way to get married is simply to take a quick trip to the local registry office and get it done.
In England and Wales, a wedding at a registry office costs a total of £119. You’ll need two witnesses, and you’ll have to give notice at least 16 days before the date.
A church wedding, on the other hand, is a little bit more expensive. It costs £413, as explained at the Church of England’s wedding site.
It is a required legal fee associated with marrying in a church when you marry outside your own parish.
The cost is set nationally by the Church of England but can vary a little according to certain circumstances.
Save On The Reception
Venues know they have an opportunity to skyrocket their prices when you’re looking for a place for your wedding reception.
Instead, it’s often to try and get a place that’s not usually a wedding venue, so they’re less likely to charge extra.
If you’re lucky, you may have access to a garden or a house which can hold everyone. That’s always a great option when it comes to cutting costs. If you don’t have a place yourself, make sure to check with friends and family to see if someone can help.
Buying the alcohol in bulk at a wholesaler and doing the catering yourselves is another great way to save. Hiring a restaurant or a pub tends to be an affordable option, too.
In some cases, you can even hire it out for free. This tends to be available only on weekdays, though. In this case, guests will likely have to spend a certain value per person and buy all the food from the place’s kitchen.
Places like schools, village halls, church halls or local sports clubs can be a good, inexpensive option to hire, too. Remember to avoid mentioning it’s a wedding whenever possible so that they don’t lump you with an extra fee.
Save On The Dress
There are many ways to lower the cost of your wedding dress. For instance, you could check out shops or websites which sell second-hand dresses. Some boutiques run seasonal sales and sample dresses, and a lot of charity shops have a section dedicated to wedding dresses.
High Street dresses have been increasing in popularity lately, which means you have a lot more options than you used to have. Debenhams, TK Maxx, BHS, Monsoon and Coast have a bridal line, and they each have at least one option that’s under £150. H&M has wedding dresses starting from £60, even.
While there are some ethical points to consider, you could get a dress from a China wholesaler. Prices tend to start from £100, and they can be great quality. Make sure to ask a lot of questions and check rating and reviews before making a purchase, though.
Save On The Rings
There are two big jewellery districts in the UK. Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, and Hatton Garden in London.
These are excellent places to go and haggle on gold, platinum and diamonds, and the stores there tend to have much better prices than in most other locations.
Another idea is to go second-hand, visiting some antique shops or browsing on eBay – you never know when you’re going to get lucky.
Save On The Flowers
If you’re really looking to save, you can get your bouquet from the local flower market or supermarket, and scrap reception or ceremony flowers. If you have the time, you could simply grow your own.
If that’s too much for you, you can take a more mild approach and simply ask your local florists what they can do in order to keep your costs down.
When possible, go for a less is more approach, with elegant simplicity.
Save On The Cake
If you’re good at baking or know someone who is, it’ll definitely be more affordable to go for a homemade one. If it isn’t the case, a lot of supermarkets offer wedding cakes.
Save On Transport
A wedding car is bound to be the most expensive choice when it comes to getting to the ceremony. Instead, you could ask a relative or a friend to be a chauffeur for the day.
Get someone who has a car that’s quirky or special, or maybe rent one for the day – it’ll still be less expensive.
Alternatively, you can simply skip the fanciness and just get yourself a cab, or, if you want to be more modern, an Uber.
Save on Favours
When you’re a budget, a good option is simply scrapping favours. After all, once the wine is flowing, no one is going to notice or care that they don’t have a memoir to take home.
Save On The Stationery
You can save a lot of cash if you make your formal invites yourself, or get a talented, artsy friend to give you a hand.
Another option is to simply not send formal invites and just invite people through e-mail or other means.
Save On Photography
If you value photographies and making sure to register your memories, it can be hard to compromise on the wedding photographer, look for someone affordable, like NI Weddings who have plenty of 5* reviews so you know they can be trusted.
If you don’t value it all that much, you could simply ask your friends and family to take their own pictures, and arrange for them to send it all to you the next day.