Weddings are expensive. Recent research says couples in the UK spend over £31,000 on their big day, while Irish couples spend upwards on €25,000 on theirs. If that seems like a whole lot of money to you, you might be wondering how you can cut the costs but still have the best wedding ever.
Fortunately, you big day needn’t break the bank. Here, we’ve found six ways to keep the costs down.
Cut your guest list
The best way to cut your costs, is to cut your guest list. Do you really need 250 guests, including your Great Aunt Sue whom you haven’t seen since you were 3? Probably not. It’s time to get ruthless. Who do you really want to invite? And who are you inviting to keep other people happy? Once you’ve sussed that out you can go about making those cost-saving cuts.
Enlist the help of friends and family
Got a cousin who plays in a band? Could they be your entertainment? Know someone who owns a vintage car that could work as your transportation? Avail of mates rates as much as possible – you’d be surprised how much people are willing to help out around your wedding. And remember, if you don’t ask you don’t get.
Go digital with your invites
You don’t have to spend a small fortune sending out paper invites when digital invites do the job just as well. If you have older relatives who might not be so technology savvy, you can print out a few for them and keep some extra for you to have as keepsakes as well.
Forget the free bar
If money’s tight you don’t have to keep your guests liquored up all night long. But you probably don’t want to leave them high and, er, dry either, so as a smart compromise you can have a partially free bar. Whether it’s paying for beer, wine and soft drinks but not spirits, or only offering free booze until the speeches.
Shop around for a wedding dress
Thanks to the high street, you no longer have to spend a fortune on a wedding dress if you don’t want to. Brands like ASOS, Ghost and Dorothy Perkins all have dresses that are beautiful and don’t break the bank. If you’ve your heart set on something from a bridal boutique be sure to shop around- and only – this one’s important – ONLY try on dresses that are within your price range.
Cut the cake – literally
Newsflash: you don’t need to spend hundreds on a cake for your big day if you don’t want to. If a professionally made cake isn’t something you’ve your heart set on, you could enlist the help of the star baker in your family and ask them to whisk something up as your wedding present. Or, you could consider some cheaper options – doughnut tower anyone? – or even serve cake as your dessert, instead of having both.