23 March 2011
Posted in PLAN YOUR WEDDING
For most women their wedding day is the day they have been planning their whole lives for. However with an economy that is faltering and its people struggling to make ends meat, the dream wedding could be out of reach for many.
It is said that the average wedding now costs an eye-watering £21,000. For those of you on a budget, there are ways to have your dream wedding without breaking the bank. Here are our top ten tips to save money on every aspect of your wedding day.
Setting the date
Saturday’s are obviously the most popular choice of day for any wedding hence why it is vastly more expensive. It is possible to save up to £2000 off the cost of your wedding by having your wedding on a Sunday – Thursday.
Cut your wedding guest list
Every time you add a name on to the wedding guest list, either day or night, you will be increasing your budget significantly. When it comes to saving money you’re going to have to be ruthless with this one. Stick to a pre-defined set amount and don’t go over it.
Sites such as compare wedding insurance.org and Money Super Market will list a number of insurers for you to choose from. Finding the right policy for you is more important that finding the cheapest one, as simply opting for the cheapest policy can be a false economy as the BBC highlighted for an unfortunate couple.
There are plenty of ways to save on the smaller items of a wedding by ‘doing it yourself’. Wedding invitations, centrepieces, place-cards, wedding favours, music and more. Have a think about every aspect of your wedding, the more you can do yourself, the cheaper your big day will be. Stay tuned on our website to receive daily news about new trends and ideas about DIY wedding.
eBay, eBay, eBay
When it comes to weddings eBay has the lot. Quite a lot of it is brand new also as many suppliers/power sellers operate their business via the online site. Allow time for both the auction to end and shipping and try to stick with the power sellers or those with great feedback.
Family and Friends
Don’t be scared to ask your family and friends to help out with the wedding. If anything they will be honoured to help. Is your cousin a budding photographer, your little brother in a band, your best friends mum a keen baker? Ask around and see who can pitch in.
The wedding dress
When you have found ‘The One’, see if you can find it cheaper online. If you found it in a shop, then haggle with the owner to either lower the cost or maybe even throw in the bridesmaid dresses in at a discounted rate.
Again use comparison sites to find your honeymoon at the cheapest possible price. Don’t settle there though, once you have found the cheapest price, contact the airline/agents and haggle them down even further.
We have left this till last to highlight how much important it is. A relaxed beach wedding in hotels in front of the sea, an elegant wedding in villa among the tender rolling green hills or a refined castle wedding in a famous historic centres, the venue have to hold you and your guests together exactly in the fabulous way you have always wished. Whatever your vision is take the time you need to make the right choice. Everyone will be sure to have fun and share your perfect day.