Hi, could you add a member request on for me? We were planning to get married in a few years but due to health conditions surround members of my family we have decided to see if we can do it in April 2018. We only got engaged in August and haven't had much time to save up, can anyone suggest little ways we can keep the cost down? We're having a church wedding then plan on going to our local village hall but that's all we know so far! Help!
Hi you can do all your own decorations, flowers, order your cake from a super market it's cheaper and make your own invitations good luck :)
Make all you own decorations. Loads of idea on the Internet. Don't hire a DJ make your own play list. You can also hire wedding dresses x
You can make your own invitations, cake, do a buffet for the evening do where all your guests contribute? Good luck x
A lot depends on how large a wedding you intend to have. If not too large then family or close friends could help out with some decorations/flowers. Most of my friends have offered straight away because they knew we would be on a budget and I'm sure yours would too if you just let them know what you need.
You can haggle with everything! X
Contact your local sixth form college to get students to do hair make up, photography, catering. Most students will be able to use these as pieces towards their qualification but also they can use them as examples of their qork for future. They will be considerably cheaper but still really good xx
Why not do it at a registry office? Might be cheaper than a church xx
I did the same as you.. local church was 600. Village hall was 185. We got a dj for 200 and then a friend did our photography for 350. All men own suits.. so we only designed shirts for the lads. I got my dress online and bridesmaids offered to pay for theirs. Flowers you can get on amazon for £5 a bouquet. And button holes at £20 a box. We did our wedding for 1500. Its so doable! Xx
April will help as not summer high season so Hopefully that should keep costs down . Please if I can help in keeping costs down let me know by private messaging me & I will ring you .... My wedding with a lot of hard work came in @ £7 thousand but know if you have just registery & pub meal can come in lower .... Biggest thing is keeping invite numbers low ..... We made our own flower bouquets and buttonholes cheaply by having flowers delivered from
Got bridesmaids dresses in sales , charity shops brand new unused with tags on or from websites .... Discover who are good cooks & willing to make cake as my bridesmaid did an awesome job !
Happy to give more ideas by phone if you private message me .... Take care & warm wishes for your special day, love sarah
We did exactly that! Moved from this October to this April and we got the dress from a local retailer (Gillian’s bridal on fb) but wed2be is also good if you’re not near Glasgow
We also got a buffet from m&s (we had a lot of folks with allergies so m&s label every allergen) which we had instead of a sit down meal - then we ordered pizzas for around 8pm just from the local kebab shop - and people loved it cause if felt nice and laid back
We made centrepieces (we had some mason jars with candles) but we also put out old board games so that people wouldn’t get bored while we did photos
Just make sure to set up the night before and to allocate someone to be in charge of the buffet on the day so they can pick it up and set it out just before the service
We had the service at 4 to let people get lunch etc before as well
Get a drinks license and have people bring their own bottle. Make your own invitations, eBay for just about everything....including your dress.
Get a 0% credit card with as much time on it as possible. I've got one with 0% for 30 months on it and it really is helping x
Make your invites and decorations and keep the guest list down to close friends and family to save money on food and drink. Shop online for your accessories like veil shoes bridesmaids dresses etc
We have splashed out on our venue and food but keeping costs low in other ways, I found a dress on asos, there are some lovely high street styles around at the moment! I’m also making all the decorations myself and printing invitations. I’m also making paper flowers instead of getting a florist to do the bouquet. Try not to over complicate it though! Think that’s when it can get expensive!
I don't think favours are very important to guests,we just made tablet which was really cheap. Make your invitations. Hire suits, lots of beautiful budget bridal shops or charity shops. Bridesmaids aren't necessary but if you are having them keep it to a minimum and ask if they'd be willing to help with costs. Do your own make up and college students are great for hair. If you want fresh flowers try your local supermarkets than going to crazy expense with florists. Use the talents of your friends and family to help with things. Good luck x
We got lovely tea light holders on line and battery tea from amazon for our tables and scatter decorations.Also got balloons from Clinton cards and if you look in cheap card shops you can get some nice invitations from there .I got my bridesmaids dress in sales boy had school trousers and white shirts got waist coats on line . Wedding dress in sale . You can get some nice white iced cakes from supermarkets and decorate them you self. I sure we spent four thousand including honeymoon for a week. Family took photos and my brother got a car to get me to the church and venue .Good luck hope you have a lovely day.
It depends on how big you want your wedding really, as there are many ways you can keep the cost down. Me and my husband got engaged November last year and we just got married August this year. So if you put your mind to it you can save and have the wedding you want just like we did x
Maybe try to keep it small? We're cutting a few corners, dress from eBay, making our own invitations, not doing favours and having friends help with catering. I also bought a kindle book for £3ish called diy wedding which has some great tips
Make your own invites, order of service, decorate your hall yourselves, you can hire chair covers really cheap online, make your own table decorations or have balloons on each table, we had three, they looked really good, hog roast and we hired a bar in that served drinks at pub prices, our wedding came in just over two thousand for 130 guests
Do a bring and share buffet for the meal - ask everyone to bring a dish instead of a gift. You'll save loads on catering and make everyone feel involved.
make your own decorations, do your own food & get your wedding guests to take pictures of pre-wedding & during the big day (beginning to end) - then create your own wedding album x
I got artificial flowers from Groovy Ruby they are gorgeous and great price. Also we are having a hot buffet instead of a sit down meal. We made our own centre pieces and designed our own invites and got them printed off at Vista print. My wedding is in 6 weeks and I'm soo excited now x
Skip the little things like favours, chair covers and centrepieces. Nobody notices or remembers this part of the day anyway!
We are having an afternoon tea instead of 3 course meal. It's much cheaper and a bit different. Go to wedding dress warehouses or wed2be they have loads of choice at fraction of the cost. Artificial flowers are also cheaper than real and you can do them yourself. Good luck
Pre-loved for your dress!
St. Peter’s Hospice have an amazing wedding dress room which you can book to have it all to yourself..no dress is more than £300, some of them brand new. All gorgeous and what a worthwhile purchase to donate to a charity
Friends of ours did a 'bake-off' competition at their wedding - they asked everyone to bring a showstopper cake and judged the winners, then everyone ate all the cake. Meant they didn't have to splash out on a wedding cake! They also did fish and chips from the local chipshop for the food as they live in a seaside town and have a great chippie nearby. Other friends had pie and mash for their food from a local shop in East London. Most places will offer a deal if you ask, don't think you have to go to a caterers
We're having a buffet, and just putting sine nibbles on the table to to tide people over till buffet opens. Also done our own invites in gimp (similar to Photoshop) and printing them off photo paper (4 on each a4 paper), a pack of twelve a4 photo paper from poundland. Getting three layers of cake from m&s and decorating it ourselves using silk flowers
Ask the church about their flower volunteers. These ladies create beautiful displays on a small budget.