Whilst it’s one of the happiest days of your life, it can also be one of the most stressful. According to a survey of 5000 couples, 96% found the planning to be stressful, with 40% going one step further in describing it as “extremely stressful”. The majority of couples linking wedding planning stress to sticking within a budget. The fact is clear: planning the wedding of your dreams within financial limits is tough. Stick around, for our budget wedding Planning ideas.
To save those grey hairs ahead of your big day, we have put together some expert advice on how to plan your unique wedding whilst sticking to a budget.
Cut out the extras
Whilst we all like browsing fairy-tale weddings in celebrity magazines, it can compel even the savviest of couples to splash out on what are often unnecessary extras. When it comes to keeping within a budget, it is useful to plan on the basis that you don’t need everything that you saw on Pinterest.
Wedding cars, for example, can present a serious cost on your wedding day. Choosing to get married in a beautiful cathedral is expensive. You certainly don’t need to look far to find a wonderful venue in an alternative setting. Singing waiters, open bars and gifts for guests may seem like a great idea – however, they can see your bill rise rapidly. Average catering bills can stretch as far as £4000 – so why break the bank on nice-to-have features? Think about what you really want on your wedding day, and filter off those extras. Your bank account will thank you!
Elegant recycling and wedding décor: do it yourself!
Next up for our budget wedding planning ideas. Recycling isn’t just for saving the environment: reusing some items here and there can save you big money on the day of your wedding. With the average cost of a florist’s services reaching nearly £700, it is wise to plan ahead and use those petals as much as you possibly can!
Find out which flowers are in season at the time of your wedding, and start to cut costs on importing out-of-season blooms. Locally sourced flowers are a must for couples on a budget.
Bridal bouquets often go to waste after the ceremony – recycle these beautiful pieces by creating recycled table displays and decorations with those colourful flowers. Gather those used petals and gently layer them over tables to create a nice touch without breaking the bank. A bit of wedding DIY can help couples save, and it’s a lot of fun – build your own bouquets and showcase your inner florist.
A professional friend is a friend indeed…
When it comes to asking favours, what better time to ask of your friends than your wedding day? With your large social grouping and friendship circles, everyone is somehow connected to someone who works in the Wedding Industry. Ask them if they can offer you one of their special rate packages or even do it as your wedding gift [depending on their services or product.]
Calling on the potential skills and professions of your friends can provide real cost-cutters. Ask your hairdresser friends if they will do your hair, or invite your friends to a craft evening to make decorations and favours. We don’t all have a friend with a vintage car, but if you do – it doesn’t hurt to ask if you do! The worst they can say is no, and that is ok too!
Personalise, personalise, personalise!
In the midst of wedding planning stress, it can be difficult to lose sight of who the day is actually about: you and your partner. Taking some care to remember this. Planning accordingly can help you cut costs whilst still enjoying the special day you have always dreamed of.
Cut costs on expensive favours by writing personalised handwritten notes to your guests. This intimate touch doesn’t cost a penny and will be deeply appreciated by your guests. Take the personal touch to your wedding a step further by polishing off the family heirlooms: wedding jewellery can be a big expense, with an average cost of £2,849. Using those old pieces of jewellery will encourage tradition, whilst saving valuable funds!
So which of our budget wedding planning ideas are you going to use?
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