Hello fellow brides! So we’re aiming at a 2019 wedding and my relationship with my parents isn’t the best my dad isn’t helping us at all and my partners family have already helped us to buy our home so we’re not asking for help, how have people gone about saving and doing things on their own? X x
We are on a tight budget and decided to look online for wedding hacks to make our own favours and more. We are saving for a house as well as the wedding so we are saving all lose change for the wedding and putting aside money from wages for our house. Hope this helps ☺️
DIY - do the invites, table decorations, seating plan tables etc...
Estimate what you and your H2B will earn in that time you want to get married and see how much you could potentially save.
Just don’t expect anyone to help pay for your wedding, if they do want to help they’ll let you know.
When you’ve sorted your budget out in what you can save then it’ll become easier.
Hope this helps 😊
We are paying £500 a month off our wedding, people have paid for things as gifts we have also asked the grooms men to pay for there own suits
Hi just save every penny that you can that's what we have done :)
You have lots of time so keep your eyes out for bargains. If you are going to DIY then look at the sales after Christmas for candles and other things you may want. Checkout e-bay for silk flowers ... I have bought the most wonderful roses (160 of them) for little over 50p each ... they would be a fortune in the shops. Also, save whatever pennies you can and look through the stuff you have and clear out to e-bay. All extra money for things you don't use.
Figure out what you can afford to save a month that will give you a good idea how much you can save in the time frame you have. We are making all of our own flowers out of paper and card.
Thank you all ❤️ Definitely going to do a lot myself Pinterest has been a very good friend to me so far! Has anyone bought things off gumtree? I’ve seen a lot of wedding stuff on there just not sure about having someone else’s stuff anyone think that’s a bit weird ? Or is it ok? X
We have no money coming in from family and are paying for it all ourselves; we have listed what we want and seen how long it will take us to save for that... then chosen the wedding date from there :)
My mum's got my dress and helped with a few bits but my advice get what u need and not want it's one day after all everyone has a dream day but like most things it's just a dream n u have to be realistic
Save as much as you can per month but also what I’ve done is pirchased the smaller bits out of my wages and have left our savings to go towards the bigger things x
Same way as you would save for anything... set a budget of how much you want your wedding to cost... write all the items down... once you've saved enough for each thing Mark it off...
We set an amount we could afford to save each month and made sure we saved it every payday into a joint savings account. We worked out at the start how much we could afford in total and booked things accordingly, got it all booked up early so we knew exactly how much we were aiming for...its been tough because it's leaving us both very low on money at the end of each month but we've got what we need saved already and we dont get married till March so saving extra to start saving to buy a house afterwards...you just have to be strict with saving as much as possible
We just went for it and booked something we thought was affordable. Nearly everything we have booked we have paid a deposit then before the final balance is due made managable paymemts. I also got an intrest free credit card for other bits. Xx
We are doing a 2020 wedding. Gives us 2 years to save up
Use companies who are based from home rather than a shop as this normally reduces their cost as they don't have overheads, e.g. Cake maker - don't go to a shop but find someone who does it in their spare time from home etc. It's surprising how many people have skills you can use - cake making, card making, flower arranging, even Dress making - my Aunty made our bridesmaid dresses, cost £120 in materials in total for 4! Contact your local colleges/uni re media students etc - can they film your wedding for their portfolio etc?
Find your venue now and pay monthly instalments. Also negotiate the menus and drinks packages. We are having a set menu rather than choice as it cuts a huge chunk from the per head price. Check out Pinterest for diy decoration ideas. Also ask around friends if they can do cakes or invites if they are crafty people and see if they can do it as wedding pressies
We draw £50 each out a week (obviously the amount depends on how much u can afford a week).....we draw he money out and a Friday and after a few weeks put it into a savings account!!!
It seems silly, we could transfer it etc but physically drawing it out has worked well for our savings and we have never missed a week!! It's nearly £500 a month we save!
We are having a very nice cheap wedding end 2018, just at the house, couple of people, a indoor BBQ, nice foods from the UK and the Netherlands so the British guests can taste some dutch food and the dutch guests can taste some British food. We are spending a bit over €2000 and that includes a £500 wedding dress, a £200 suit and €100. We got 2 rings for £60 on eBay and we do a looot our self. We are making our own cake because I love making cakes for big events, we are buying some cheap crafting materials to make our own invitations, I do my own manicure and pedicure because I am pretty good with nails and I use gel all the time. I also will be doing my own makeup and we have a free wedding, where we get married you can get it done for free every Wednesday morning so that saves a lot. There are a lot of little ways to save a lot of money.
Were saving 300 a month between us i lost my mum in june and my dads a dick if im honest im paying for my dress monthly too and making all the flowers and favors and invites myself xx
We set a target to save each month and then simply cut back on some things like takeaways, meals out, pub nights etc. to achieve this. We have managed to stick to this target every month and so our wedding fund has grown nicely over the last few years. You can also make savings as you go along - Confetti often have sales and or 40% off days, the dress is likely to be under your budget, your cake is likely to be under budget and you don't need all the bells and whistles decorations wise as it can look OTT! Remember as well that the day is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other and not about how much you spend. Good luck! 😀
I found a combination of saving every penny you can every month and doing some things yourself (like invitations and flowers) save a lot of money. I am having no help from my family or my h2bs either and I budgeted around that.
We are paying for the majority, mum will buy dress and dad the rings, but thats it. We are just saving any money left over each month until a pot, which is why a 2020 wedding was required to save for our perfect day
We did a plan for what the average is for each aspect then set a budget.of what we wanted to spend. We are managing to get everything under budget so far just by shopping around. Also we are paying as much as we can every month. Actually paying for/buying things each month as we are rubbish at saving. Decoration wise i have bought cheap photoframes and stuck lace on them which i already had. And then glass jars with ribbon and lace round them. I will also be using heart devorations that i already have. I am doing my invites on vista print so for 100 invites and 100 rsvps all postcard size and double sided print they are £49 (total). We are going to hand deliver most of them to save on postage. I have asked bridesmaids and groomsmen to contribute to outfits but given them some freedom with it. And asked if they can pay for their own hair and makeup. (If we have some left over on the day we will at least pay towards)
Oh and ive gone for artificial flowers from the range. I have 9 bridesmaids but should still get all bouquets and buttonholes done for less thab £100
I started a business from home to make more money!
Me and my partner were saving for 3 years so we could have the wedding we wanted. All depends on what you guys can afford and can save xx
I’m in the same boat as you. My parents aren’t overly bothered about me getting married, and my H2B’s family aren’t in a position to be able to help us out. We’re saving every penny we can, but also buying bits as we go along. Have found cheap bridesmaids dresses and under £50, and called in favours with other friends and family. It is doable. X
Look for 2nd hand decorations for tables etc....they have only been used for 1 day so will be in near perfect condition but at half the price.
We booked early, new what the minimum we had to save a month and stuck to that, anything over is amazing as we want a house after the wedding too. We also have pots of change! We save £5 notes and £2 coins and every Friday put whatever else in change we have in the pot too...you don't really notice it going and it soon adds up plus it's on top of us saving out of wages...my partner does overtime and sometimes some work for his friend and I work 2 jobs...i will be stupidly proud of ourselves when it's all paid cos it's bloody hard work! Lol
We are the same. No one else is paying for our wedding so it's all on us and we don't have the time for any DIY. We gave ourselves 2 years so that we can have the wedding we want. We started slow, saving about £400 a month, then up to £650, now we are at £1000 a month. But we do buy a few things from our salaries every month too. We could have done it cheaper or saved less for longer but we chose to do it our way. You need to decide what suits you best. If you have the time, skills and patience to do DIY, go for it, you will save loads.
I’m getting married in March 2018 (got engaged Feb 2017) and we’re paying for everything ourselves, no one has offered us a penny . Choose a realistic amount that you can save every month between now and then, -25% and that’s your wedding budget. The minus 25% is for the inevitable boiler breakdown, unforeseen fortunes that crop up in life and if they don’t it’s your honeymoon! Good luck, personally I think it’s worth so much more when you have earnt what you have x
We've collected bits and paid deposits as we go. Also been putting £150 each into a wedding account plus anything spare. It has soon added up and should cover all the final payments. Maybe work out a budget for the major spends first, then work out how much you would need to save each month.
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