We can make it rain pennies from heaven with a wealth of money saving hints and tips…
Here are our top tips for brides on a budget!
The dress is probably one of the areas you won’t want to compromise. One way to find your dream dress without the hefty price tag is searching charity shops or designer sample sales. A lot more brides are now choosing to search online too with sites like eBay, as well as the www.jvsdress.com . JVSDress offers known high street wedding dresses and they offer huge collections for different seasons. They also have wide selections of bridesmaids’ dresses too!
The reception is generally what takes up the biggest chunk of your wedding budget. The smaller the wedding the cheaper the venue may be, and it will also help cut down the guest list. Consider a “no children’ policy or “time limit’ on when you last saw prospective guests.
A great way to cut costs is to cater your self. Lots of supermarkets and food stores offer a catering service that wasn’t costly, or you may choose the evening buffet, or even offer guests a canapé reception and evening hog roast or barbeque which will cost less. Enquire about timings too as mid-week weddings are often cheaper, as are out of season weddings.
One way to cut costs is to reuse your church flowers for the reception. Delegate your ushers with the responsibility of transporting them carefully from the church to the venue. Lots of churches also have volunteers who will create your flowers in return for a donation to the church – it’s best to talk to your local vicar or scan the parish noticeboard. You could also invest in silk flowers instead of real flowers, and they can be sold on after the big day.
Cupcakes are a big trend, and they can be cheap to make and easy to mix different flavors and colors.
You can save hundreds by making your own invitations – you just need a bit of creativity, blank card, inserts, envelopes, glue and any decorations and trimmings you want to add some glitz, and little trinkets inside, or you could make a personalized cupcakes for each guests.
You’re both likely to want a luxury honeymoon but if you can’t afford it ask guests if they can contribute to a “Honeymoon Fund” rather than purchase gifts. Provide a post box or storage where guests can post their cards, and some travel agents can even take payments direct from guests to relieve some of the pressure.