Good morning! It’s half term time here at Promise HQ and blogging has taken a back seat for a day or two in favour of enjoying lots of giggles from my little people! So far we’ve had a dash to a&e with a split chin (no fun, but all grand) and a sleepover for six nine year olds (fun, but hard work!).
Lynne has been keeping this boat afloat and today she’s sharing some budget advice with you all, and if you got engaged over Valentine’s, Congratulations!
If you’re currently knee deep in wedding plans, your bank balance may look like it might be on its last legs! Starting out married life drowning in debt is the last thing any newlyweds want so take a look at our top tips on how you can cut costs and be totally budget savvy.
- Off peak weddings – Many venues will offer great deals on their wedding packages in off-peak times of the year, as well as mid-week days. Booking your wedding for November, early December (not Christmas), January and February will allow you to save yourself a fortune!
- Sample sales – Be a budget savvy bride and join the queue at a local sample sale. Many bridal shops will hold an end of season sample sale in order to make way for new stock. You could save yourself up to 70% off on the designer dress of your dreams!
- Use family member’s talent – Do you have an auntie that can make or alter dresses? Or how about a family friend that can bake a cake to rival Delia? A great way of saving money is to call on your nearest and dearest, and exploit their talents! By doing this, not only will you save yourself some money, you will create a really personal and memorable day for everyone.
- Cut the guest list – Not the nicest job in the world, but if you’re really serious about cutting costs, reducing your guest list can be an effective way of saving money. Paying for the meal will undoubtedly be one of the most expensive aspects of your wedding day, so have another look at your guest list and see if there are any people who could be invited to your evening reception. Weddings can be expensive for guests too, so chances are they’ll understand your decision.
- Do it yourself! – There are lots of ways that you can put a personal stamp on your wedding day which will help you to save some precious pennies! Making your own invitations, getting crafty with your décor such as bunting, or making favours for your guests will save you hundreds and you’ll get a great feeling of satisfaction when you see it all coming together on your big day!
- High street shoes – It’s pretty inevitable that you’ll spend quite a large amount on your wedding dress, but one thing that you can cut cost on is your shoes. Most brides go for a long gown, so your shoes won’t be on show most of the time and therefore a high street option is perfect! You won’t have to compromise on style either; there are some really reasonable beauties out there just waiting to be snapped up by a budget savvy bride!
- Ask about layover facilities – When you are paying for various aspects of your wedding, whether it is bridesmaid dresses, suits, transport or flowers, check with your supplier to see if they offer a layover facility. This will mean you can stagger your payments over a period of time, allowing you to budget in the run up to your wedding.
- DIY Photobooth – Photobooths and sweetie tables are really popular for keeping your guests entertained, but they can be expensive! Why not create your own by buying some photo props and creating a hashtag so your guests can share their snaps!
- Reuse ceremony flowers at reception – Don’t be afraid to reuse the flowers from your ceremony and transport them to the reception. Assign a groomsman or a reliable friend the task of decorating tables or the entrance of your evening party venue.
- Family heirlooms – Ask around your family members if there are any antique family heirlooms that you could use in your wedding. Vintage photo frames, table cloths or crockery will give your wedding a really authentic feel and the best part is you won’t have to spend a thing!