Hitched, a popular wedding blog, recently ran a survey on what couples across the UK are spending their wedding budget on. With the venue obviously topping the charts, photography wasn’t far down the list either, with the average spend close to £1200. Putting this in to perspective, this is just short of the average spend on a dress which is worn for one day and unfortunately not often seen again. All that is truly left is your marriage, rings and photos, so I guess you could say they are a pretty big deal!
Your wedding budget shouldn’t come between you and your dream wedding photos, instead, look at ways to cut the cost elsewhere. Over the past month, I’ve reached out for some bloggers who are also brides to be in the hope of adding some insight to this blog from a current bride’s perspective. I’m so pleased to have Kate from Bargain Beauty Hub today to give some awesome budgeting advice and how to save money towards your day!
WEDDING BUDGET TIPS
Hi everyone, I’m Kate of bargainbeautyhub.com and first of all, I just want to say a big thank you to Sophie for letting me write a little wedding piece for her incredible wedding photography website. I am really excited to be collaborating on our love of weddings! Excuse my humble photography in comparison to Sophie’s (she is definitely the expert!)
As a bargain blogger and bride to be, I definitely understand the desire to want to plan your perfect wedding without spending your whole life savings on one day. If you can afford to spend then absolutely go for it, but I am all about finding areas in which you can save (of which there are many!) This post is going to talk about arguably the most important part of planning a wedding, the wedding budget! Here are my top tips for sticking to your budget and how you can find some great deals.
1. Set a rough budget
It is so easy to get carried away when you start planning your wedding (myself included!) Try to stop and think about how much you are able to spend on each element of your wedding, especially the big ones such as your venue, your photographer and your dress. I used the Bridebook app to help, as there is a handy section where you can input your budget for each element of your wedding. It is surprising how quickly it all adds up, but being realistic about our budget and sticking to our estimations has been vital to keeping our costs down.
2. Shop around
If you have some time before your wedding and you are not set on a particular supplier, try not to choose the first supplier you find. Although it is tempting to book straight away to secure your date, taking a little bit more time to get a few quotes can ensure you are getting the best deal for your budget. For tips on how to choose your wedding photographer, Sophie has wrote a post covering the key points to consider over on my blog! Click here to read.
3. eBay is your friend
Wedding invitations are notorious for being a big wedding expense. Although websites like Etsy have some gorgeous designs, they can charge up to £5 per invite. If you have 100 guests, that is a significant cost! I managed to get 70 day and 20 evening invitations designed, printed and shipped for just over £100 by ordering from a lovely eBay company. eBay is great for finding small businesses at bargain prices. When you want to send out your invitations, I would also recommend buying your stamps in bulk online as it is often cheaper than buying books directly in the post office.
These awesome bridesmaid dresses from Alex and Bens day at Lemore Manor were from eBay. An absolute bargain as they looked amazing both on and in photos!
4. Book off-peak
A lot of wedding venues offer highly discounted rates if you book your wedding during the week. If this suits you, this can often save you hundreds of pounds.
The wedding business is competitive so often smaller suppliers offer discounts. Make sure to tell them your budget and many will do their best to accommodate! There is no harm in asking suppliers whether they would be willing to add any complimentary extras. Of course, don’t take advantage and stay polite!
What’s more affordable than bouquets of flowers? Individual flowers! The sunflowers that these smiley flower girls had at Suzanne and Graham’s wedding were so pretty for photos and would have saved money on florals straight away!
I hope you enjoyed reading some of my tips for saving money on your big day. I have also shared some more wedding planning tips over on my blog bargainbeautyhub.com if you are interested. Thank you again to Sophie for collaborating with me!
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