People are often put off from having weddings as they assume it will cost more than an average years salary. However, done right, you can save yourself a lot of stress and debt with these tips. Here’s how to have the perfect wedding for under £5,000!
Consider using ebay to buy your rings. If they’re from abroad they may take longer to arrive (28 days) so factor this in. You can find real gold and diamond rings on ebay. When they arrive they may need a bot of cleaning.
Have a look at ebay and, etsy and search for wedding dress sales online. You may need to buy a plainer dress then take it to a haberdashery for extra detail and uniqueness but this will really save the pennies.
For a sentimental vibe, why not use your mums or grandmothers old wedding dress. It’s probably in great condition still but may need some modern updating such as more diamantes and less puffy sleeves! Dry clean it and modernise it.
Consider asking a relative or one of the bridesmaids to make the cake. There are plenty of videos online to help with wedding cake decoration too.
The Wedding Car
Rent a car for the day from a local taxi firm or other car lenders, rather than traditional vintage wedding cars which can be pricey to hire.. They’re sure to have a nice Mercedes or BMW that would be perfect for your day.
Get all the groom and grooms mens suits hired for the day. This is much cheaper than buying suits that they’ll only wear once.
Photographer and DJ
Find photographers and DJs that are building their portfolios and are fairly new to the game. They’re rates will be cheaper for the day. Even ask the bridal party or groomsmen to chip in; if there’s enough of you it could only cost £20 each.
Invitations and table decorations
Get creative with invitations and make them yourself. Get all you need cheaply from a pound shop or arts and craft shop like Hobby Craft. They’ll have the parchment paper, silver and gold pens, sequins, glitter and lots more required for a perfect wedding invitation. Buy fake flowers, plastic vases and confetti for dressing your tables.
Drinks and Sweets
Buy a bulk load from a store like Costco or Lidl. They’ll have discounted drink and sweets for your guests.
Do the catering yourself or get mums and aunts to chip in, and get younger family members to serve. This will greatly cut the cost of a catering company and their waiters.
Consider having your venue at home or in someone’s back garden. All you have to think about is getting a gazebo, table and chairs which is much cheaper than hiring a huge hall or house.
All these tips can greatly help you to cut the cost of your wedding, and make it a happy day that you won’t be paying for a decade after. It really will be a family affair with a lot of help from loved ones and their generosity. For other wedding aspects like flowers and the honeymoon, don’t be afraid to ask for a favour or even having a honeymoon near to the UK like France or Spain or even a UK spa honeymoon.