There has been a real rush of celebrity engagements over the last few weeks with Leighton Meester and Adam Brody confirming their intended nuptials, Ashton Kutcher allegedly about to make it official with Mila Kunis and of course the elaborate proposal of Kanye West to Kim Kardashian! Celebrities love to flash the bling and go over the top and I have no doubt that some of these A-list weddings will be nothing short of spectacular! Kim’s second wedding to Kris Humphries cost $10 million and Justin Timberlake’s recent nuptials were around $6.5 million!! Even the average UK wedding costs well over £20,000 these days! However, it really IS possible to have a beautiful and romantic wedding without breaking the bank!
Here are my top ten ideas for a wedding on a budget:
- Choose a less popular date – Fridays and Sundays are becoming increasingly common as venues are usually cheaper and you can save money by avoiding Spring and Summer with dates in January, February, October and November often costing less
- Although it is good to provide sparkling wine for a toast and some wine on the table (remember to avoid corkage costs if possible), you do not have to have a free bar all day and night, just mention on the invite that it will be a pay bar in the evening so that guests can come prepared
- Sit down meals can be expensive so go for a buffet or BBQ (with a good organiser to manage any queues). I even went to a wedding where the cake was made of pork pie and wheels of cheese so this doubled as food for the evening. Great money saving!
- If you have handy friends, ask for their help in lieu of a wedding gift. Cake makers, photographers, singers and hairdressers could all provide their expertise for free, or at least with a big discount!
- For ‘the dress’ look at eBay and Preloved. Most wedding dresses are only worn once so second hand gowns will probably be in excellent condition. Also give Oxfam’s Bridal Collection a try as some designers donate ex-display dresses for just a couple of hundred pounds.
- If you have been living together you probably don’t need traditional wedding gifts for your home, so ask for money to put towards your honeymoon or trips whilst you are there. Sites like honeymiles and trailfinders are brilliant
- Cut out expensive stationery by using a wedding website like gettingmarried.co.uk or weddingpath.co.uk where you can send out e-invites, receive RSVPs, update gift lists, give directions to the wedding and even share your photos
- Don’t waste your money on hiring a classic car and go for something fun or quirky (like a friend’s vintage Beetle or even a tractor). Being original or comical will still provide the wow factor and provide LOADS of great photo opportunities
- Table centres can be made very cheaply. You could borrow jam jars and fill them with hand-picked flowers or use glass vases filled with floating candles or even oranges and lemons! Lavender or rosemary from the garden would be gorgeous and make the room smell amazing as well!
- Remember, being different (rather than ostentatious) is the way to make your wedding memorable. Use sites like Pinterest to pick up some fabulous offbeat ideas that won’t cost a fortune. Even something as simple as some twinkling fairy lights can turn a normal venue into something magical
For more magical ideas read my 1 minute guide to budget weddings www.letssavesomemoney.com/1-minute-guide-to-budget-weddings/