In my last post I talked about a good technique to budget for your wedding. This post is going to relate to that, so if you haven't read my previous blog you can do so here (see you in a few minutes). If you have read my previous post then read on :)
Today I'm going to be talking about how to make the money that you've saved up for your wedding go further. If you've got a budget already then that's great you'll now learn how to get the most out of that budget and maybe come under budget enough so that you have enough money left over for that once in a life time trip for your honeymoon. If you haven't worked out your budget yet then this article will hopefully give you a clearer idea about have much you could possibly save and give you a clearer idea about what your budget could look like.
So without further ado here are my top tips for saving for your wedding day:
1) Get married out of season
You'll be amazed at how much money you could actually save by getting married out of season (we're talking £1000's). Look at getting married in November, December (but not around Christmas time), January or February and if you want to take it even further get married mid-week during these times. Very few people are getting married on a Wednesday in February so the savings that you could make might easily be substantial. Plus winter weddings can look really cool, especially if you hire a wedding photographer who can make the most of a rainy or snowy situation and deliver you some stunning images.
2) Find a second hand dress
If you can find a vintage or second hand dress on e-bay then you can save a pretty penny. Most brides buy new so there are plenty of second hand dresses around and I'm sure that with a bit of research you'll be able to find one that suits your style.
3) Choose your wedding guests carefully
This one could be a bit controversial or maybe even sound harsh but have a look through your guest list. Do you need everyone at the reception that you've got or could you cull it a bit and invite a few people to just the after party? After all you'll be paying per head so you could save a couple of hundred pounds this way.
4) Get friends or family to bake your cake
Do you have a particularly good baker as a friend or family member? If so then you could ask them to bake your wedding cake. This could be at a reduced cost or if they are generous enough they might even do it for free. One thing that I will say though is that if you are going to get a friend or family member to replace any of the vendors that you are thinking of using then make sure that they know what they are doing. If it's there first time doing something or they are inexperienced then trying to save a few hundred pounds could back fire.
5) Use digital invitations
Whether you have someone else design the invitations or design them yourself you'll already be saving money in postage. And if you design them yourselves you'll be saving even more. Yay!
6) Go with second hand rings and jewellery
This point is related to point 2. If you can find second hand or vintage rings and jewellery you can save even more money and I'm sure that there's a family member you has some jewellery that they'd be more than happy for you to wear or even pass it down as a family heirloom.
7) Borrow your transport
If you have a friend or family member who owns a vintage or unique car then ask them if you can borrow it. I'm sure they wouldn't mind and you could end up with a car that means a lot to somebody, making it an extra special journey to the wedding venue.
8) DIY as much as possible
Make your own decorations or rope in family members to help out where they can, especially if you know people who have particular talents (maybe you know someone who is very good at calligraphy or an excellent flower arranger). This can also give your wedding that extra personal touch.
9) See if your wedding vendors offer referral programs
Ask. They can only say no. If your wedding photographer offers 10% off your final bill if you refer someone to them then you could save a couple of hundred pounds from just your photographer. If you ask this of every vendor then it'll soon add up. Also the person who you refer might also get 10% off plus the vendor gets more business so it's a win-win.