No matter what your wedding budget is, there are plenty of ways to trim down the costs and make your budget go further, ensuring that you have the day of your dreams. Following these simple tips will help you to stretch your wedding budget.
Decide where to splash the cash
When you first start planning your wedding, sit down and think about the aspects of your wedding that are important to the both of you. Focus your budget on things that are important to both of you and scrimp on the things that are less important to you. You could even go as far as skipping the things that aren’t important to you altogether.
Haggle haggle haggle
You’ve heard the saying “don’t ask, don’t get”, and the true is same for your wedding. Bear in mind that you are spending a lot of money on your big day and many vendors might be happy to offer you a discount in order to ensure your business. If you aren’t confident enough to ask for a set amount or a percentage off the price, you can use the key question “is that the best price you can do?” which invites vendors to offer a discount or a freebie. Some suppliers won’t be willing to offer a discount, but they might throw in some extras, for example a DJ might offer free early set up or a florist might offer free buttonholes. These extras will save you money too!
Cut down on the catering
If you are planning canapes after your ceremony, a three-course wedding breakfast, wedding cake, a sweet trolley, an evening buffet and late night snacks then that is too much food. Not only will you spend a lot of money, but the food will go to waste as neither you nor your guests won’t be able to enjoy it all. You can easily cut back on canapes or an evening buffet and make big savings. Another alternative is to cut down the wedding breakfast to just one or two courses.
Buy flowers in season
This is a great way to stretch your budget as flowers that are in season will be easier to get hold of and be much cheaper. Choosing large flowers like peonies and hydrangeas will help to fill your bouquet or arrangements without coming with a big price tag.
Pull in favours
Your friends and family are a talented bunch, and you probably have an expert baker, an aspiring florist and a graphic designer amongst them. Asking them to provide their services free of charge in lieu of a wedding gift is a great way to stretch your budget – or if that feels cheeky you can offer to pay for the materials they use, or ask them for “mate’s rates”.
Cut out the non-essentials
Pinterest has a lot to answer for when it comes to weddings, but you can still have a day that both you and your guests love without spending a fortune. There are simple ways to cut the costs for your big day – you don’t need to give your guests a wedding favour (they often get left behind anyway) or you could send out electronic save the dates to save on printing and postage costs.
Buy second hand
Imagine this – a couple buy brand new, expensive table centerpieces/bunting/accessories for their wedding, what do they do with them afterwards? More and more couples are choosing to resell their wedding items to release some cash or create more space in their home. Bride2bride is the perfect example of this, where you can buy everything for your wedding from outfits to vases. You can also keep an eye out on local Facebook selling groups, charity shops or even boot sales to find second hand wedding bargains.
Research before doing it yourself
Doing it yourself has become a trend in weddings, with lots of advice about how it will save you money. Be sure to spend some time looking for the best prices around for your materials and don’t always assume that doing it yourself will be cheaper. In some cases, after purchasing all your materials you might be spending more than purchasing ready made items. If you are looking for bespoke items, check out Etsy for one of a kind guest books, wedding invitations and more.
Following these tips will help you to keep within your budget whilst still making your big day magical. We would love to hear your tips for making your wedding budget go further – leave us a comment below and tell us your top tips.