If you've found
the wedding venue of your dreams, but it looks as if it will
be out of your budget, don't despair. Many venues offer significant
discounts for mid-week or 'out of season' weddings which can
run into thousands of pounds.
2. Food At The
kind of menu you want to offer for your wedding can be difficult
enough without having to see the price tag that goes along with
Food Budget Cost
There are lots
of ways to cut back on your food budget, and still have a memorable
day. Selecting a venue where you can bring in your own caterers
is often a much better value than using the existing venue catering.
You can even go as far as preparing all the food yourself, though
be careful of taking too much.
If you don't
have a choice about which caterer you use, there are still ways
that you can trim your spending costs. Try replacing the starter
course with canapés, instead of having both.
Or, replace dessert
with your wedding cake - so often wedding cake gets forgotten
about because guests have already had so much to eat.
A new idea that
brides are buzzing about is the wedding 'cheese' cake. Literally,
it is three slabs of cheese turned into a wedding cake for that
special 'cutting of the cake' photograph and ceremony. Why not
combine the two instead of having a separate cheese and cake
course? Or serve this with crackers, chutney and pate for your
3. Drinks At
To have a free
bar, or cash bar? Such a difficult question to answer. Of course,
it would be fantastic to offer a free bar to all your guests,
all day, but with limited funds, it's not a realistic option
for most people.
Cost Saving Tip: The ideal in this instance is to use a venue
where you can bring your own booze. I was lucky enough to be
able to do this at our wedding and managed to pop across to France
and buy 180 bottles of wine and 240 beers, plus Pimms and cassis
for under £500. We had stacks left and our guests were
restricted to beer, wine or soft drinks, but no one seemed to
is to come to an arrangement with the hotel regarding corkage.
A friend got married in a hotel, which charged £10 per
bottle of wine. She arranged a flat fee of £500 for all
of her beer and wine opening. Although it seems like a lot, it
meant that she could afford to supply beer and wine for her guests.
With most bridal
dresses starting around £600 and running into thousands
of pounds, this is a huge expense.
Saving Tip: You can still look fabulous for a fraction of the
price and feel that you're minimizing the eco-footprint of your
wedding by buying a 'pre-loved' wedding dress.
shops have specialist 'bridalwear' departments where you can
purchase new and designer dresses that have been worn once. You
can try the dresses on before buying and you'll get a warm glow
from doing something for 'Charidee'.
If you're a little
braver, you can venture online, where there are some fantastic
bargains to be had in the 'pre-loved' lines. Take a look at some
of the 'For Sale' forums of the popular wedding websites and
you'll see bridal dresses, veils, tiaras and those Jimmy Choo
shoes that you know you want for a fraction of the cost.
5. The Wedding
feel that photography is a major part of the day and are prepared
to pay upwards of £2000 for a beautifully presented wedding
album. Photographers have confirmed that it isn't the actual
photography, which is the major part of this expense, but printing
and preparation of the formal wedding albums.
Cost Savings Tip: Many photographers are prepared to attend your
wedding day and then provide you with a DVD of your photos for
around £600. With the DVD, you can then use some of the
fantastic online services to prepare your own 'Photo Book' -
costing much less. Or, as many guests will no doubt have digital
cameras with them, combine place cards with little notes asking
them to share their wedding photos on your online directory.
tip for having a photo keepsake of your wedding is to use several
Instant Photo Guest Books, which combine Polaroid Instant Photos
and hand-written sentiments from your guests. These photo guest
books are ready to enjoy the "instant" your wedding
is over -- and creating them adds great fun to the wedding reception!