Over the past few years wedding costs have soared, meaning Brits are forking out, on average, £22,000 just to get married.
As the years go on, the more extravagant weddings are becoming but you don’t have to spend a fortune to have the perfect wedding.
Here are some simple tips to keep the costs down and still have a perfect day.
Revise the Guest List
The bigger families get, the more guests you’re expected to invite to your wedding but don’t have any more than you can afford.
Think about how many people you would like at your sit down meal and then carefully go through and reconsider.
It’ll be tempting to want every member of your family there but just stick with those you are close to in order to keep costs down!
Draft in Family and Friends
Instead of hiring a mountain of people to help you prepare for the big day, draft in the help of family and friends.
Everyone knows a hairdresser, make-up artist and florist so get people to draw in some favours for you as a wedding gift.
If you’ve got a crafty friend then ask them if they would do the invites for you as a gift to you both, it keeps costs down and takes a load of your mind.
The Wedding Dress
For some brides the wedding dress is the most important part of the wedding (apart from getting married, of course) but there are ways you can keep costs down.
You generally won’t wear a wedding dress again so why not hire one? This is much cheaper and will save you plenty of pounds to spend elsewhere.
If you insist on having your own dress then maybe try second hand dresses? You can get some amazing ones and often comes across some amazing vintage designs.
If this still isn’t for you, then learn how to barter. If you’re spending a significant amount of money on a dress, then ask if you can have accessories and shoes thrown in for free.
Some things will always be cheaper to buy in bulk but instead of paying for favours and table numbers, make all the little things yourself.
It may take time but it could save you plenty of money and putting a personal touch on them always makes it look much nicer.
Don’t Bow to Pressure
At the end of the day it’s your wedding and what makes you feel comfortable is the right thing to do.
Don’t think that because your friend had a horse drawn carriage drop her off at the church that you need one too.
Do what makes you and your partner happy, and try to keep within your budget. Remember, no one will remember what your chair covers looked like in a week’s time.