The other day I was hopping around the web, and for some reason ended up reading the first few lines of an article about the cost of weddings. I was astonished to see that the average UK wedding cost an eye watering £25,000. It got me thinking about whether it would be possible to hold a nice wedding without spending that sort of money. Fortunately, I concluded that it would be far easier than you think, and decided to write this post to share with you some of the most important ideas I found.
Be clear about your priorities
The first step is to work out your budget. You then need to identify the elements of your day that are the most important. For example, if wearing an elaborate, traditional gown on your wedding day is something that you have dreamed about doing all of your life, scrimping on the dress is not the right approach. Once you know what is most important, you will know where to spend most of your money.
Inexpensive bridesmaid dresses
If you are looking for bridesmaid dresses, it is well worth turning to the High Street stores first. Many of the larger retailers are now sell wedding outfits, and dresses. Therefore, you can easily buy stunning dresses that cost a fraction of what you would have to pay if you were to buy them from a wedding boutique.
A memorable wedding reception
One of the biggest expense couples face is the reception. Feeding a couple of hundred guests a fancy five-course meal is not cheap. Typically, this part of the day swallows up between 30 and 50% of the budget.
Fortunately, there are ways to cater for a large group of people without breaking the bank. For example, a hog roast caterer can cook a formal sit down, hot meal for a fraction of what you would pay in a hotel, or restaurant. Usually, they also do great buffet food. All you need to do is to find, and hire, a venue that is big enough to hold all of your guests, and hire the hog roast team to do the catering. A picnic lunch is another way of doing it.
Get married on an unusual day
If you really want a traditional reception, at a large, fancy venue, being flexible about the dates can save you a lot of money. Getting married on a Monday instead of a Saturday could save you 50% on the cost of your reception. If you are worried that a lot of your friends and family would not be able to attend on a weekday, opt for a winter weekend instead. Most wedding venues slash their prices during January and February.
Negotiate the price
Regardless, of what elements you decide to spend the most money on, or how you decide to do things it is always important to negotiate. Those that provide wedding services will be used to people doing this, so do not be shy. It never hurts to ask for a discount.
I hope that you enjoyed this post, and that it will one day help those of you who are on tight budget to be able to organize the wedding of your dreams.