How to Prepare a Budget Wedding Without Sacrificing Quality

by Avid Thinker June 04, 2013

If you happen to be a Hollywood celebrity, chances are there'll be a host of magazines queuing up to pay for your wedding.

However, for most couples getting married in the UK today, a £17,000 bill – the average cost of a wedding – could be enough to give you second thoughts.

Money can't buy you love, but it can certainly help along the way. Nevertheless, couples on a tight budget need not despair – your big day doesn't have to leave you in debt for the rest of your life. Here are some tips to cut costs on all elements of your wedding.

Guest List – Think carefully about how many people you want to invite. In the initial excitement of planning your wedding you're likely to come up with a list of hundreds of people, so it's a good idea to trim this list down, perhaps only inviting the closest family and friends so as not to offend anyone.

Invitations – Once you've decided who to invite, it's time to send out your invitations. Professional wedding invites can cost in the region of £90, but with a little bit of creativity you can make your own. Simply pop into a stationer's and pick up some plain cards, envelopes and gold and silver pens. Twenty-five invitations can be made for under £5.

Dress – While the traditional flowing white wedding dress still remains popular, nowadays it can be just as fashionable to get married in a smart suit or dress which you can wear again on other occasions. Alternatively, if your heart is set on a fairytale gown, you can hire your dress instead of buying it, and ask the bridesmaids to pay for their own outfits. Dresses for children can be picked up from department stores for under £20.

Groom – Many suit hire companies run special offers, such as four suits for the price of three. Again, you can ask the best man and ushers to pay for their own suits.

Flowers – There's no need to go overboard with flowers as a simple arrangement can often be just as effective. When it comes to bouquets it pays to shop around. Local florists usually offer special deals, whilst going for flowers which are in season also helps to cut the cost.

More about budget planning on our next post.

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