Weddings are happy occasions, but as the list of purchases required for a wedding builds and builds, so can the price.
If you’re on a budget, then there are certain steps which can be taken and tricks which can be done to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.
Choose the guest list carefully
Although you may be tempted to invite everyone you know to witness your big day, this can cause the cost to rise. Choosing close friends and family can cut the costs and create a more intimate environment.
Pick your day carefully
Saturday is the most expensive day of the week to be wed, with Sunday being the cheapest, so if you have the flexibility to opt for a Sunday it could save a lot of money.
There are a few ways you can minimise on the cost of a cake. For example, buy a small two or three tier cake for display and cutting purposes, but then serve guests from a sheet cake that’s hidden in the kitchen. Nobody will know the difference and it will save a huge amount.
Another option is to skip the cake altogether or buy a smaller cake and then arrange a quirky dessert bar or sweet stalls instead.
The dress is one of the most expensive wedding purchases, and for many brides it is one of the most important.
However, there are a few money-saving tips you can follow when it comes to what you wear, including buying a pre-owned dress. This means you can wear a hardly-worn pre-loved gown at half the cost of a brand new one.
Vintage dresses, sites like eBay which sell new designer dress for reasonable prices, bridal dresses from Asos.com, or white gowns from prom shops can help to save money when it comes to the dress.
If you’re feeling creative, buy a white dress that isn’t necessarily a bridal gown, such as a white bridesmaid dress, and then embellish it to suit your taste.
Hiring a photographer just for the main points of the wedding and not having them for the whole duration of the day may cut down on costs, meaning you get the most important images for an affordable price.
Creating your own photo booth by buying fun, silly accessories so guests can take photos against a plain backdrop is also a lot cheaper than hiring a professional booth.
Opt for edible favours
Edible favours ensure that items given to guests don’t go to waste. You could even craft them yourself. If not, think about ditching the favours altogether, as they could prove an unnecessary cost.
Going to a farmers market or a wholesalers and buying the flowers as close to the wedding as possible is a great way of saving money. You could also do your own flower arranging or even opt for beautiful artificial flowers.
Do your own hair and makeup
Although it is nice to be pampered, you’re the one person who knows how you like your hair and makeup the best, so if you feel confident enough doing it on your wedding day, this could save you a packet of money.
Be open-minded about venues – this could save you a fortune in the long-run. In a warmer season, some outdoor settings can require very little decoration, for example a winery or venue located close to water.
If you opt for a winter wedding, the venue is probably already seasonally decorated, saving you money on decorations.
Getting married just before the start of peak-season time can also help you achieve your dream wedding with (hopefully) sunny weather, but for a much lower price.
Have your ceremony and reception in the same place
Having your wedding ceremony and reception in the same place can reduce the cost of transport, and if you have guests staying at the same hotel you may be able to negotiate a deal.
Although waiting years for your big day to come around can be hard, it can also save you money and allow you to sift out the best deals and prices to create your dream wedding without breaking the bank.
Create a website
Creating a website to keep guests up to date with all things wedding related can be a fun, digitally-advanced way of going about things.
You’ll save money on save the dates, invites, reminders about directions, transport, food options and anything else you may need to inform your guests about.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, inews