Thursday, September 07, 2023

9 Ways To Have An Amazing Wedding On A Budget


Your wedding day will be one of the best days of your life, but that doesn't mean it has to be the most expensive! You can have an amazing wedding day on a budget and it won't compromise on your special day in any way at all or leave you without the things you want included in your big day.

Every aspect of your wedding day and the build up to it can be done on a budget and without compromising on style and the details you really want.

Here are some great ideas for a budget-friendly wedding that won't compromise of your big day.


Be thoughtful about the venue

Yes, having a wedding in a fancy hotel can be lovely, but even lovelier is having a wedding ceremony and reception in a place that you love and that means a lot to you as a couple.

If you have a large garden, getting married at home can be a lovely thing to do. Or, if you have a special place that means a lot to you both as a couple, then looking into getting married there would be fantastic too. This means that you get a meaningful venue, without the huge cost that a more traditional wedding venue could bring.

It also means you can have whatever theme or feel you'd like to the wedding and have all the personal touches you want. 


Look for food and drink deals

Feeding and providing everyone with drinks at a wedding can be expensive in a traditional venue such as a hotel or restaurant, but if you're having your wedding in your own venue, you can look for great deals on food or drink.

A wine pack is ideal for having on tables while people are eating so that they can help themselves. Having an option of red and white wine is best. You can also pick up great deals on champagne and prosecco for the toast and speeches too.

You can find great food manufacturing and catering companies to provide delicious meals for your wedding reception and this doesn't have to cost the earth either. Buffet style receptions can be even cheaper and make for a more intimate, homely feel for the meal.


Enjoy one venue for your hen/stag

Hen and stag dos can be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding - everyone just wants to have a great time with friends and family, right? Sometimes hens and stag dos can take place over the entire course of a weekend and in multiple venues, but throwing it in one great venue where everyone can have a great day or night out is a great way to save money, without compromising on fun.

The likes of Celtic Axe Throwers host great group parties that offer a lot of fun and fabulous memories for all involved.


Call in a service as a gift 

If you have a friends who are creative, calling in a service as a gift is a great way of saving money on your big day. Maybe you have a friend or family member who is a great photographer or a friend who's an amazing baker, then calling in their services in lieu of a gift is a great way of saving money on your big day, but still having the lovely touches and memories from it. 

In most cases, friends and family would be absolutely thrilled to help with such big parts of your special day, especially if they're already skilled in these areas.



Buy a cost-effective dress 

This is a great way of having a beautiful dress but not spending an absolute fortune on something you may never wear again. By going for something non-traditional, you can find beautiful dresses that are far more cost-effective than a traditional wedding dress, but are just perfect for the occasion too.

There are lots of places to find beautiful wedding dresses at a fraction of the price of bridal boutiques. Opting for a vintage dress or a pre-loved wedding dress is a another great way of saving money and having something truly special and unique to wear too.

Consider and elegant vintage ring: Timeless beauty and value

When selecting your wedding ring, look beyond the ordinary and embrace the charm of an elegant vintage piece. These rings carry history, character and craftsmanship that stand out. Opting for a vintage ring adds a unique touch and value to your ensemble, with intricate designs and precious materials that often make them more valuable than new options. Choose a vintage ring to symbolise your love with sentiment and worth.

DIY your invitations

This makes for a lovely personal touch for a wedding and the invitation can be kept as a memento of your big day. There are lots of DIY printable wedding invitation templates available on the likes of Canva that can be printed out quite cheaply at local printing shops.

Choose your wedding date wisely

If you do have your heart set on a more traditional wedding venue such as a church wedding with a hotel reception, but still want to have the most cost-effective wedding day possible then choosing an 'off-peak' time for your wedding is a great way to save money. 

The winter months - January, December (apart from Christmas and New Year), November and February (apart from Valentine's Day) can offer great value, without compromising on the venue of your dreams.



Use faux flowers

Every bride wants flowers at their wedding, but that doesn't mean they have to be real. Faux flowers are so much cheaper and just as nice.

These can be picked up from local home decor stores such as The Range, who have a whole section dedicated to faux flowers for weddings.

Cut the guest list

Do you really need to invite all those people to your wedding? Will you even get a chance to say hello to them all? These are the questions you have to ask yourself when it comes to compiling your guest list. 

Cutting down your guest list is a great way of ensuring that those you love and care for most are attending your big day, without forking out tons of money for guest you probably won't even miss being there on the big day.


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