With the cost of a wedding creeping up, we've put together these brilliant money-saving tips to help you tie the knot for less.
It’s probably no surprise to hear that the average wedding cost in the UK has hit an all-time high. According to Bridebook’s recent National Wedding Survey, the average cost of getting hitched has reached an eye-watering £30,355!
While you would think it’s just us being a little more elaborate with what we want on our special day, you’ll be intrigued to know that that’s not the case. The survey revealed that supplier costs are increasing on average by 12% every year. Don’t panic though – there’s loads of ways you can save money on your wedding.
Avoid midsummer Saturdays
Do you really need to get married on a Saturday in the peak of summer? It might seem ideal for those perfect summary wedding shots, but if you’re thinking seriously about saving the pennies, think about switching your date to a Sunday or even mid-week! Getting married on a Wednesday might seem unusual, but you could save yourself a couple of thousand pounds – not only venue hire, but on supplier costs too.
Many venues have special weekday offers, and suppliers such as photographers and florists are often quieter during the week, so you’ll be surprised at the difference in price a Wednesday wedding will offer.
Plan a long engagement
If you can’t wait to marry your other half, the thought of waiting for longer than a year might seem like a complete no-go. Having a longer engagement could, however, save you tonnes of money.
By booking your suppliers and venue way in advance, you’ll avoid the annual price hikes and could even benefit from early-bird offers. As we know already, supplier costs rise around 12% every year, so by securing your contracts with them early on, the more money you can save, which could be put towards your honeymoon or other wedding necessities.
Many venues, like hotels and grand stately homes, require you to use their recommended list of suppliers such as caterers and furniture providers. These venues choose to work with suppliers who might be fantastic, but who also charge the earth.
Shop around for a venue that is flexible with which suppliers you can work with, so you aren’t caught out on expensive fixed costs. You should be able to find smaller suppliers, who offer amazing products and services, for a fraction of the price!
Think outside the box
Why not think beyond the norm and plan a tapas wedding evening or serve canapés and bowl food instead of a formal sit-down dinner? Not only will you save money on the food itself, but you’ll also save on the table and chair hire, linen hire and cutlery and crockery hire!
Spread the cost with a loan
You could cover the costs of your entire wedding with a personal loan. Having your entire wedding budget readily available can help you manage the money better and make it easier to keep a track of where it’s all being spent.
Shop around for the best interest rates on the market and break down the cost of your wedding into more financially manageable chunks.
Say “yes” to help
Don’t be afraid to accept help from family members and friends to go towards your wedding costs. If you know someone who’s incredible at making cakes, why not ask them to make one for your big day? Or is one of your friends a bit of a wannabe DJ? Asking friends or relatives to help out is also a great way to add a few personal touches to your big day.
Remember, you don’t need to have all the bells and whistles to have an amazing wedding day. By cutting the costs with these money saving tips, you can sleep easier knowing your big day hasn’t cost the earth and isn’t going to harm your financial future.
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