Weddings can be one of the biggest expenses in a lifetime, particularly if you are looking to turn your dream wedding into a reality. Many couples go into debt so that they can afford their ultimate wedding, starting married life worrying about paying off bills.
If you don’t have a huge budget for your wedding but you still want a wedding that looks like you have pulled out all of the stops, there are a number of ways you can do this:
- Free wedding venue
You know that saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’? This is very apt when it comes to wedding venues, as knowing a farmer with a field, someone with a large garden, or someone who owns a restaurant could help if you call in a favour and ask to use their property for your wedding venue. Festival weddings have been popular in recent years, so if you can borrow someone’s field and put a marquee up, you’ve got your quirky yet inexpensive venue.
- Be flexible with your dates
Wedding venues are generally much more expensive around peak wedding season and weekends. If you can be flexible with your dates then you can significantly reduce costs. So look at weekday options and avoid the summer months for lower prices.
- Get creative with catering
Remember, it is your wedding, so you can choose every detail, even if that means you fancy fish and chips for the wedding meal instead of a three-course meal. In the summer, it can be fun to have a BBQ style catering option, with everybody eating outside whilst enjoying the nicer weather. Another idea is to do the catering yourself (with some help from family and friends), especially if you fancy putting on something fairly simple like a buffet with sandwiches, cold pastas, salads etc.
- Alternative wedding cakes
When you start looking at wedding cakes you will soon realise that they don’t come cheap. If you know somebody that is great at baking cakes then you could ask them to do yours, or you can look at alternatives to the three-tiered, extravagant wedding cakes. Some people have chosen to have cupcakes or doughnuts set up in the shape of a wedding cake tower, which looks fun and original, yet saves you a lot of money.
- Venues with no corkage charge
If you are planning on providing drinks like wine for your guests, then you can save a huge amount of money by selecting a venue that allows you to take your own alcohol without charging you a corkage fee.
- Wedding dress bargains
Just because you don’t want to spend a fortune, doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on the quality or style of your wedding dress. Companies like Wed4Less have a huge stock of dresses in different styles, without the big price tags. You can pick up a designer label dress that looks amazing on your big day, choosing from a range of sizes. Visit your nearest Wed4Less outlet to find your perfect dress.