Save on your wedding day
With experts now saying that the average wedding costs in excess of £27,000, we bring you six simple ways to reduce the financial pressure of your big day.
- Make the most of your something borrowed
According to wedding-planning website Bridebook, the average UK bride is now spending £1,385 on her wedding dress alone. And so she should, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.
But once you throw in the additional cost of accessories that number increases significantly. So why not borrow everything from your veil to your earrings from your loved ones?
You could even make it part of your hen do. Have everyone to bring along a piece of jewellery or an accessory they’d love to lend you for your big day, then choose the best ones to suit your style.
- It’s not all about the weekend
Potential savings to be made by tying the knot on a less common day are huge. Everyone gets married on a Saturday, so buck the trend and go for a Monday. Just make sure you give your guests plenty of time so everyone you want there can get the time off work.
- Go intimate
It’s an obvious one, but keep your guest list small, especially for the daytime. Catering for people you don’t particularly want there is an expensive mistake to make, and one you’ll probably end up regretting.
It’s difficult, but you have to be brutal. Even if that means enforcing a ‘no ring, no bring’ rule to reduce the number of unmarried guests bringing a random plus one, or a classic child-ban for an altogether more grown up affair.
- Always haggle
It goes against what we’re used to in the UK, but if there’s one occasion where it’s absolutely acceptable to haggle, it’s when booking a wedding. You could save thousands just by asking for a discount.
The key to getting your way is to build a relationship with the person in charge. Remember to be complimentary about their product or service, whether it’s the cake or the venue. Even if they can’t give you a discount, they may be able to throw something additional in for free.
- Pay the deposit with plastic
Unfortunately, when planning a wedding, things don’t always go to plan.
Under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, all credit card payments over £100 are protected, meaning if a company goes bust before your big day, you’ll be able to get the money back from your bank quickly without any hassle.
- Think high street
High Street shops such as ASOS are now rivalling some of the best wedding dress and suit shops in town for everyone from the bridesmaids and groomsmen, to the stars of the show themselves. It’s always worth a look before you commit to anything.