Get Your Priorities in Order
As a couple you will need to work out between you what it is that you really want and couldn’t go without, and what would be ‘nice’ to have, but are not really essential. This will help you focus your budget on the most important areas and save yourself from disappointment when you find out you can’t afford that photographer you really wanted! Check out this previous post on 4 Easy Steps To Creating Your Wedding Budget
Select a Less Popular Season and Day
This is particularly important when it comes to saving money with your venue booking. A weekday wedding is typically less expensive than a weekend one, and getting married during the off-peak season will also help you get the most from your wedding budget.
Trim that Guest List
Everyone knows that this is one of the best ways to save when it comes to your wedding budget and making it go far. The number of guests you invite will directly affect the budget for your flowers, décor, food, and wedding invitations. My advice to you…be strict with your numbers and stick to them!
Partial Customisation, Rather than Bespoke
A bespoke wedding stationery suite is great for when you want something completely unique and that will truly capture your personalities as a couple. However, an off-the-shelf suite, that can be customised in terms of colour palette and wording can also look just as beautiful – and yes you guessed right – save you some money!
Call on Family and Friends
I’m a firm believer in the saying, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur”. However, there’s no harm in asking family and friends to help with ‘certain’ aspects of your wedding. You may have a cousin who is a graphic designer, or a friend who makes the most delicious macarons. If that’s the case, you could have them design your invites and get these printed with an online printer, or get them to bake cute macaron favours that double as place cards!
Make Smart Flower Choices
Your florist will be an expert in this area and will probably teach you a few tricks or two when it comes to saving that ‘moolah’! However, if you want to make the most of your flower budget, opt for in-season blooms, more foliage and fillers, and re-use arrangements from the ceremony at your ceremony location.
Keep Your Bridal Party Numbers Low
Again, just like your guest list numbers, the fewer bridesmaids and groomsmen you have in your bridal party, the less bouquets, buttonholes and outfits you will need to budget for.
Save on Your Wedding Dress
A sample sale could be a great place for you to snap up a bargain on a designer wedding dress. Some sales offer up to 80% original price! Find out how to get the most out of a bridal sample sale here.
Keep an Eye Out for Surprises
It’s always a good idea to have a contingency to cover any unexpected weddings costs such as alterations, corkage fees etc. Also, make sure you check venue and supplier contracts thoroughly before you sign on the dotted line, so you know exactly what to expect when it comes to damages, bringing in caterers that are not on the venue’s preferred list, etc.
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