With the price of weddings going up and up, it’s unfortunate that your big day will also be big on price. But if you want a beautiful wedding without blowing all of your savings (or ending up in debt) luckily there are a few money-saving tricks you can try. Here are some of the ways you can reduce costs without compromising on the beautiful wedding of your dreams.
There are lots of elements for your wedding you can either make yourself or enlist help from your nearest and dearest. Always been a keen baker? Why not make your own wedding cake. Have a design graduate in the family? See if they would do your wedding invites and stationery for a reduced cost. If you’re good at something (or know someone who is) have a chat with them and see if they can help you to make some savings.
Do Your Own Flowers
Your wedding flowers are likely to take a huge chunk out of your budget. You can save money by putting together arrangements yourself. Look online for inspiration or flick through wedding magazines, there are lots of simple yet beautiful designs you could go for. You could source the flowers from a local flower shop or even a grocery store to cut costs down further. And then create your own arrangements with what you have.
Have a Fall or Winter Wedding
Weddings in the spring and summer will cost a lot more. Companies charge more at this time because they know they’re in higher demand. So expect to pay more for everything from your caterer to your photographer. Opting for a fall or winter wedding can be equally as beautiful but save you some serious cash. Alternatively having your wedding on a weekday as opposed to a weekend can also work out cheaper.
Buy Your Dress Online
There are a wealth of online dress shops these days which offer wedding dresses for a fraction of what you’d pay from a boutique. People can be put off as there are horror stories of terribly made gowns arriving, but if you do your research, you will be okay. Be sure to use a site who can provide you with photos of their own work as opposed to stock photos. And ask plenty of questions about the materials used and shipping times. Buy from a good website and no-one will ever know you saved yourself a huge chunk of money.
Ask Your Bridesmaids To Buy Their Own Dresses
These can really set you back money-wise, especially if you have a lot of bridesmaids. Have a chat with them and see if they would be willing to pay for, or at least contribute towards their dress. You can find full-length dresses on the highstreet that would save money compared to buying from a boutique. For each person to purchase their own, they should be easily affordable. But will save you from spending hundreds for all of the dresses combined. If you buy full-length dresses, you also won’t need to worry about buying all matching shoes. You could ask each of your maids to wear a pair of heels that they already own instead. Finally, if you choose a simple hairstyle and makeup design, they could do their own hair and makeup too.
Do Your Own Hair and Makeup
As well as asking your bridesmaids to do their own hair and makeup, you could consider doing your own too. Providing you don’t have your heart set on an intricate up-do, you could curl your hair easily yourself to make it look ultra glamorous. If you’re already confident about doing your own makeup, then this shouldn’t be a problem. You could experiment with different looks on the run-up to the big day.