Did you know that annually there are more than 245 hundred thousand marriages in the United Kingdom? With numerous things to arrange and keep in mind, wedding planning can get a bit frantic. Costs always add up more than you think and it comes to no surprise that most people exceed their set budget for the wedding! Our guide will help you plan the perfect wedding and save you some money.
It is crucial to start off with finding a venue. The location is important, as the rest of your planning will evolve around this. Deciding whether you want an indoor our outdoor wedding is critical, which might depend on the season you are getting married in. Getting married in summer makes a good chance for an outdoor wedding, although British weather can be temperamental. Also keep in mind that venues will dramatically increase their prices in the summer!
If your big day is planned in the colder months, an impressive indoor venue might be a safer option. The venue is very dependent on the size of your wedding. It is also important to decide what setting you would like your wedding. A venue in the city might be easier for any guests coming from abroad, but a countryside wedding is usually considered more romantic.
Looking for inspiration? Check out our earlier article on the most spectacular places to get married in the UK.
When it comes to your wedding you want to make sure you have the best pictures to remember the big day! This might make you think of a dedicated wedding photographer, who are usually expensive and can be a cost you may have originally not thought of.
But remember we live in a time where anyone can take beautiful pictures! Most of us have friends or family members who are into photography and are exceptional at taking great pictures. You could save money by doing something called wedding photo sharing. You can create a web album or download an App that allows you and all your wedding guests to upload their photos. It creates both a live feed on the day (say hello to those embarrassing dancing pictures!) and the photos are saved in high resolution for you to download and/or print.
Your special day wouldn’t be the same without your guests. Managing a guest list is a vital task that often is tough to manage. In the UK, the average number of guests is 75 guests to the day and 101 guests to the evening celebrations.
Whether you are having a big wedding with 100+ guests or a small wedding with just your close family and friends, make sure you let them know of the date as soon as possible. To avoid any disappointments with guests declining, send out a ‘save the date’ as soon as you decide on the date.
This also means you can be more specific to the caterer and are less likely to throw away food! You will still be charged for food and drink that goes to waste and this is an unnecessary expense. Food and drink is the second biggest expense in a wedding (just after the venue)!
Both your wedding outfits can be spectacularly expensive. Buying a brand new wedding dress or suit is of course ideal, but this is a pricey option! On average, UK brides spend a whopping £1,209 on their wedding dress.
You can avoid this buy renting your dress or suits, or promote recycling and buy them second-hand. There are charity shops that sell wedding outfits, like Oxfam who have 13 charity bridal shops around the UK. Another option is to ask your parents if they still have their wedding dress or suit and transform this to your style with the sewing machine!