Follow these tips if you want to get married as cheaply as possible but still have a beautiful wedding day to remember
A wedding day is one of the most important days in a person’s life, but often also one of the most expensive – if not the most expensive.
The average cost each couple in the UK paid for their big day in 2021 was £17,300, according to Hitched.co.uk’s The National Wedding Survey.
That’s a shocking 90% increase from 2020, when the average cost of a wedding in the UK was £9,100.
Of course they say so money Love can’t be bought – so you should be able to declare your love to your other half without spending a lot of money.
Here’s everything you need to know to have a wonderful wedding day on a budget.
Set a budget and stick to it
The first step to keeping costs down when planning your wedding is to set a budget before parting with cash, write it down and stick to it as much as possible.
It’s really easy to see things you love when you start planning a wedding, often things you didn’t know you could have and never considered but before you know , you may end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than you think.
However, setting a budget and keeping track of your spending can help you stay grounded.
Write down the money we spend and what we spent it on to make us more accountable for what we buy.
Poppy said: “When you start planning your wedding, look at what your budget is and what you can afford, make a rough plan and try to stick to it.
“If a supplier is going over budget, see if you can cut costs by taking away a flower arrangement, for example.”
Make a list of your priorities
The second thing to do when planning your wedding budget is to make a list of everything you need to buy and then organize that list by what is most important to you and your partner and place them in that one Buy order if you can.
The logic is simple: if you make sure you’ve secured the things that matter most to you — whether it’s your venue, your wedding dress or suits, or your transportation — you’re more likely to accept it when there’s less money than You put your thoughts into the pot to buy things you don’t really care about and also less trying to break your budget.
Poppy said: “Understand what your priorities are and book those first. This allows you to spend more on key suppliers and when you’ve spent most of your budget you won’t be disappointed.”
Buy second-hand decor
Buying items that you can buy second-hand, from your decor items like centerpieces to your bridesmaid dresses, is a great way to save some money—and help save the planet, too.
These are items that are only worn or used on one wedding day and are very unlikely to be used again as a wedding is a once in a lifetime event – and as such there are always many newlywed couples hoping to purchase these goods for sale to a newly engaged couple on various auction sites. And because these goods were only used when they were as good as new, no one would ever know they were second hand (unless you decided to tell them).
It’s a win-win situation. You will get a cheaper item and the item itself will be reused and loved instead of thrown away.
Poppy says: “Places like Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree or eBay are really great places to get nice decorations that have often been unused or used only once.
“You can pick up a lot of incredible deals that can work with your wedding color palette.”
According to Poppy, there are many easy ways you can style your decor. Now we know that some people have great creative talent (and patience) while others don’t. So don’t panic if you don’t feel like pulling out that glue gun or glitter pens.
For example, selecting photos of you and your partner over the years and using them as centerpieces is a personal and inexpensive way to create your own centerpieces.
You and your partner will surely have a lot of fun going back in time to choose your best photos.
Make your own wedding stationery
A lot of paper can be involved in weddings, especially when you have a lot of guests. Think of invitations, save the dates, menu details, RSVP cards, and even signs you may need to put up at your venue to direct people the way.
The good news is that you don’t have to go to a store and buy all these things ready-made, you can make them yourself for free through an online graphic design platform and then have them printed.
Printers often offer discounts on bulk orders as well, so you could save even more money if you can design multiple things at once. Not only is this a cheaper option for you, but it also makes it more personal.
Poppy said, “As much as I love wedding stationery, if you’re on a budget you can make your own wedding stationery on sites like Canva and then have them printed online for a lot less.”
There are many wedding related items that you only need for your wedding day, so there is little point in buying them as not only will you be spending a lot of money, but you will also have something left over that you can. don’t reuse or don’t have space for it.
Think of larger items like light installations, cute carts, flower arches and more.
Poppy said: “Renting items is often a great way to reduce your expenses. For example, you can hire neon wedding signs for say £100 but it can cost thousands to buy.”
Poppy says that renting an item isn’t always the most cost-effective solution, and when it comes to smaller items, it might be better to shop at discount stores.
“Contrary to the above, there are cases where it is actually cheaper to buy items than to rent them.
“Often items like tea lights, candles etc can be bought for pennies but rented for pounds. Places like Ikea and Primark can have nice items for a fraction of the cost of renting them.
“You always have a quick comparison between the cost of renting and buying each item – and if you buy it, you can always sell it after your wedding if you don’t want it.”
Leave the three-course meal or other traditions behind
Remember that no matter what you have on your wedding day, it’s your wedding – and that means you can have it all how you want it and don’t have to follow any traditions.
For example, it’s traditional for the wedding breakfast to be a three-course meal, but that doesn’t mean you have to have it.
To cut costs, you could eat just two courses, use your wedding cake as dessert, or even have a homemade buffet.
Poppy said: “Hire in some food trucks, skip starters, share boards, have a dessert table full of things like brownies and flatbreads that can easily be made at home or bought in supermarkets.
“Maybe cake isn’t a big deal for you, so if you’re on a tight budget, either go for a smaller one-tier cake or skip it altogether.”
It is also common for the newlyweds and their wedding party to travel to the ceremony in some form of special transportation, whether it be a vintage car or horse-drawn carriage. But you don’t have to do this.
If you have friends or family members who would like to drive you to your wedding venue then this is a lot cheaper.
Make sure you agree with your partner
No matter what, the purpose of the day is to celebrate the love between you and your partner, so it’s important to make sure you’re on the same page.
Poppy advises that you should “work out what you can compromise and agree on.”
This way you both will be happy about the wedding anniversary you are having and it will be the perfect start to the new chapter of your life together.