Pennies from Heaven – Simple Guide for Brides on a Budget

If you’re a bride on a budget, your wedding day doesn’t have to be dampened by modest finances.

We can make it rain pennies from heaven with a wealth of money saving hints and tips…

Every bride wants the wedding of her dreams, but with the average costing as much as $40,000, most are looking for ways to save money and cut a few corners but you shouldn’t compromise the quality of your special day – you’ll do it once, so enjoy it. There’s a difference between cost, and value – for example your photographs are more valuable than those finishing touches.

Here are our top tips for brides on a budget!

The Wedding Dress

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 . JVSDress offers known high street wedding dresses and they offer huge collections for different seasons. They also have wide selections of bridesmaids’ dresses too!

Your Reception

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.

The Flowers and Cakes

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.

There are many options to save on the cake too. Lots of high street shores and supermarkets stock pre-iced fruitcakes which are considerably cheaper, and you can add your own decorations If you have a friend who is a cake extraordinaire – ask if they wouldn’t mind making your cake as your wedding gift.

Cupcakes are a big trend, and they can be cheap to make and easy to mix different flavors and colors.

Stationery and Favors

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.

The Honeymoon

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.

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