15 Ways to Save Cash on Your Big Day

If wedding budget is a big concern, you may be interested in our tips for making savings. With the average couple splashing out around £21,000 on their special day, it’s no wonder hundreds of brides are looking at ways to slash costs to make their big day more affordable.

From homemade invitations, to a high street wedding dress, to having your best friend do your hair and make-up, there are lots of ways you can save a few pounds without scrimping on the look and feel of the day.

We talked to money saving expert Darren Williams from PromotionalCodes.org.uk about ways to cut down on costs without compromising on your favourite things: “Getting wed on a budget doesn’t mean turning your back on a stylish affair. If anything it means you can make your day more personal to you and your partner and you can have everything exactly as you want it.”

“It does take time and effort to hunt down the best buys, but it’s definitely worth shopping around, hunting out deals and taking family and friends up on their offers of help to make your day just perfect,” adds Darren.

Here are 15 ways to save cash when planning your wedding:

1.Get wed out of season
Tying the knot out of the traditional wedding season can save you a fortune, as can getting married on any day other than Saturday. So go for a Friday wedding in November or March and you could be quids in!

Find out which wedding fairs run close to you and check them out. There will be lots of discounts on offer, especially if you make a decision there and then. Do your homework beforehand and head straight for the stands you’re interested in.

3.Homemade invitations
Wedding invitations can cost as much or as little as you want ranging from around 25p per invite up to £7.50 for a handmade version. However, make them yourself and not only will your guests receive a beautiful card made by your fair hands, but it will also cost you a lot less for something truly unique.
4.The dress
For any bride, finding ‘the’ dress is their number one priority. But remember, the perfect dress doesn’t have to be the most expensive. Take a look at what the high street has to offer – there are some great designs out there. And don’t forget the designer sample sales , where you can save thousands on couture gowns.

5.Your bridesmaids
Instead of buying a dress your bridesmaids are unlikely to wear again, how about hiring? It’ll mean a designer dress at a fraction of the cost.

6.The venue
If your budget doesn’t stretch to hire one of the most sought after venues then have a look at smaller places – this way you can have a more personal affair with a more affordable price tag. 

7.The reception
The reception is one of the biggest costs – but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of booking a luxury hotel or the local golf club, think about booking your village or church hall. You’ll then have complete freedom to do what you want, when you want for a fraction of the cost.

8. Catering
If you’re opting for a DIY reception, then get family and friends involved in the catering. You don’t need to have a fancy sit down meal. Why not have a barbecue, a vintage afternoon tea or even a cosy family picnic?

9.The cake
If your mum’s an amazing cook, then ask her to bake and decorate your wedding cake. And if you’re not a fan of traditional fruit cakes, why not have some yummy cupcakes instead?
10. Reception decorations
This all depends on the look you’re going for, but scour second hand shops for quirky items, get your in-laws making bunting and have your mum and sister on the case with the table decorations.

11. Wedding cars
Don’t shell out for fancy cars – instead ask around and see which friends and family members have a nice motor and are happy to play chauffeur for the day.

12. Something borrowed
Instead of buying accessories for your big day, why not borrow them instead? You save a few pounds and get to wear something from someone dear to you.

13. Hair and make up
Should a friend offer to do your hair and make up on the day, then take them up on the offer. Make sure you have some practice sessions beforehand so your look will be picture perfect.

14. Flowers
Florist’s bills can soon mount up when it comes to your bridal bouquet. Instead, why not have a go yourself, keeping it simple and stylish, or enlist the help of an artistic friend.

15. Honeymoon
You can do a honeymoon on a budget. Check out the deals that are available and make sure you look for discount codes online – there are plenty of dream destinations to choose from!