If you have just become engaged, you are probably floating on cloud nine. The thought of spending the rest of your life with your soulmate can fill your heart with joy and your tummy with butterflies. When the reality of planning a wedding kicks in, the excited butterflies can give way to anxious ones. Weddings are renowned for being costly affairs. If you don’t have the budget to match your lofty ideas, you might feel like your day won’t be all you have envisaged. However, there are plenty of ways in the twenty first century to make your wedding fit for purpose and the big day you have always hoped for. Take a look at this guide to planning your wedding on a shoestring budget.
All In One
The all in one option is a good way to secure a price for everything from the flowers to the venue, and from the registrar to the photographer. By opting to secure a venue and all of their affiliated wedding suppliers, you can haggle effectively on price. Venues are not limited to a church or a hotel anymore. You may choose to get hitched in an arthouse cinema if you are a couple of movie buffs. You might opt for a beach wedding in Bournemouth if you adore the seaside. Or you might opt for a wedding in a museum. The options are endless, and you could secure some ridiculous discounts if you agree to use the venue’s caterers, photographer, and entertainment.
Marry Off Season
While the thought of a Valentine’s Day wedding might sound like bliss, it will also be incredibly expensive. Other dates that might need you to find extra cash are Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and any Saturday in July and August. If you’re adamant that your day has to be on a significant date, you might want to check out Evolution Money's £10,000 loans. While a lot of money to borrow, you can repay over a set timescale, so you know exactly when the debt will be paid off.
Why not consider getting married on a Friday or opting for a glorious Autumn wedding day. While it might not have been what you originally had planned, by tweaking the timing of your day, you could save hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Consider widening your focus when it comes to potential dates to find the best deals.
With the on trend fashion of the moment being vintage, there’s no better time to retain your fashionista credentials and save some money in the process than by going retro chic. Head to vintage stores and consider wearing a 1920s white flapper girl dress as you walk down the aisle. Or perhaps a fun 1950s cocktail dress in ivory is more your thing. You could venture into charity shops to look for dresses or scour online auction sites.
There is a huge emphasis on reusing and recycling at the moment, so consider how you can do your bit for the environment while saving money at the same time. Wedding favours for page boys and bridesmaids could be something as simple as a piece of vintage jewellery or cufflinks - cheaper than the modern stuff, more unique and better made.
The wedding of your dreams needn’t break the bank. Follow this simple guide to enjoy the best day of your life on a budget.
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