Tanya Alexander
Tanya Alexander 6 Feb 2018

How has everyone kept costs down ? On certain things ? Big or small ? Any...

How has everyone kept costs down ? On certain things ? Big or small ? Any one used second hand shops , low cost shops eg Poundland or anything like that? Or cutbacks on guest, family member makeint cake or doing your own buffet catering?

Susan Coleclough
Susan Coleclough 6 Feb 2018

With a bit of shopping around and DIY we have managed to do some lovely favours for £1 each ... including a personalised thank you label. Confetti I got from sellmywedding.co.uk and also a lovely beaded white clutch/shoulder bag saying Bride on it for my lipstick & tissues etc at reception. Invitations we had done by a printer who was cheaper than on-line so we also did a personalised photo on front. I'm making the table centrepieces and providing the tealights (got some stunning mirrored holders on line for 69p each). On the day my very organised friend is going to check on things for me, like the table layouts and that guests are where they should be and general assistance so that people are not 'lost' so that I won't fret. Friends are coming to help me make up the favours one evening. The cake will be our 'pudding' (we are having a toffee layer and the rest is red velvet). Hope this helps give ideas.

Stacey Hutchinson
Stacey Hutchinson 6 Feb 2018

Bridesmaids dresses were brought from preloved, flowergirl dresses brought in the sale, favours I made myself even the boxes, invites were hand made too, Thank you gifts were brought in the sale.

Emma Raisborough
Emma Raisborough 7 Feb 2018

I planned my wedding off peak (on a Sunday in February). Changing the day from a saturday to a sunday saved us £2000, having the wedding in the winter instead of summer saved us £7000 for the same package. I have also DIYed a few things - I made the invitations, favours, table numbers and menus and the cake.

Gemma Julianne
Gemma Julianne 7 Feb 2018

Biggest saving has been scrapping a DJ. We'll be renting some lighting and playing our own playlist.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Feb 2018

Father in law making our cake and we having a Dutch buffet bring your own free function room using their resident dj

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Feb 2018

for out wedding (which were just starting to plan) the only real big cost will be the venue, food and drinks. everything else will be handmade. were having a rustic style wedding in a barn like venue. so my bouquet will be hand made by my mum using pinecones and hessian flowers same for other bouquets and button holes. table name settings will be pine cones (all pinecones will be collected from local forests/ woods for free. invitations will be made by me. table settings will be recycled jam jars and bottles.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Feb 2018

I'm creating my own bouquet of fake flowers by using Wilko's flower range (the short-stemmed ones), as well as the bridesmaids versions. We're not too fussed about photography, as long as we have some photos of the day, and I'm wearing some jewellery I already have and basic flats for shoes. We wanted to day to be memorable, but those things won't stick out in our minds to us, so we don't see the point in spending a fortune on stuff we'll forget about. We want to be somewhere amazing, have good food, and lots of family fun. We're also using people we know to help, like a cake-maker. And I'm just going to do the wedding invitations myself on VistaPrint or something similar.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Feb 2018

I'm doing all the flowers myself, it's not hard, I did my brother's wedding.Saving jars to decorate as vases.
Not bothering with cars, will just book an executive airport car if we need one.
Bought all the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses from eBay, all only worn once and in perfect condition.
Buying matching ties and pocket squares for the male wedding party members - they all own nice suits that actually fit them, can always tell hired suits as they don't fit anyone properly so not bothering.
Using Vistaprint for stationery, put in basket and wait for 50% off offer.
Not bothering with lots of things that aren't necessary in general!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Feb 2018

I made favours. Table decorations from Ikea and Wilko.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Feb 2018

Using eBay for a lot of things, it’s my second wedding so not going to waste the money so everyone else can get drunk and stuff their faces

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Feb 2018

Made lots myself:
Save the dates
Invites/ wax seals
Bridal hangers
Dads keepsake
Table numbers
Table plan
Confetti boxes
Orders of the day
Bottles for spirits on the tables
Centrepieces for the quiet room for the evening
Box of flip flops for evening
Spice cake (got cake-maker to make tiered sponge)
Sweet table (jars of chocolates sweets and cupcakes)

Shopped at various craft places and a lot of online research.
I tried to DIY as much as I could but paid professionals for things like flowers/ catering/ main centrepieces/ room dressing and entertainment as I didn't want to stress on the day about these. Prioritise what you think is important to you. E.g. If you want a spectacular cake spend on a professional, if you don't mind it not been perfect or looking a tad DIY get maybe a friend or yourself to do it and save for something more important to you. Good luck! X

Bryony Hamm
Bryony Hamm 7 Feb 2018

I don’t know how much we have saved as we kind of spent more in other areas... but I’ve been making all of my own decorations, not having a florist, Making my own bouquet, invitations (they cost me about £15) but then I’m into arts and crafts. I have bought lots of stuff in the £ shop too. When they have been around. I also got a cheap dress (asos) and we shopped around a bit for DJ and photographer. But meant we could have the venue we wanted and catering.

Kayleigh Baker
Kayleigh Baker 7 Feb 2018

I’m doing the favours, place names and top table info myself, got most the bits off eBay saved so much money 🙂

Shakira Badwal
Shakira Badwal 7 Feb 2018

We made our own table seating plan. Got quoted for over £200 where as it only cost us around £60 to do it ourselves. X

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Johanna McFadzean
Johanna McFadzean 8 Feb 2018

I'm making the cake. We're using empty rum bottles with supermarket flowers I as center peices and we aren't having cars as its cheaper go stay at our venue the night before than pay for cars! Also we're getting married on a Tuesday which is SO much cheaper.

Karen Lee
Karen Lee 8 Feb 2018

Ive made my own flowers & invites , painting my own wood guest board , all bridesmaids / flower girls dresses from eBay , got my dress in the January sales from a local bridal shop ,my shoes from eBay , I’m making my own veil , fiancé sister is making cake we’re not paying out hugely for a photographer , also we’re having a evening ceremony at 530pm at our venue so saving around 8 thousand on that , we really really shopped around for Dj using a friends recommendation

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

We’ve changed our date to a Wednesday in mid October! We’re only paying a 1/3 of the price now! And i found a beautiful dress in a preloved shop for a fraction of the price! Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

I made my daughters wedding cake , kept it simple. If you like a buffet why not make a list of food you want and ask close friends and family to each bring something . We did this for dessert and got some fabulous cal

Jodie Cleeves
Jodie Cleeves 8 Feb 2018

We have tried to make everything that we can ourselves. This has made it much cheaper. I was lucky enough to have been given a dress by one of my bridesmaids (she had 4 not including the one she wore) so with the help of a local seamstress and my mum we are making it our own for a fraction of the price. A family freind is making our cake as our wedding gift and we are sourcing our flowers from family and freinds gardens (July wedding) it is surprising when you actually lookat what you can do yourself. Although something's are not cheaper to sit as you are likely to buy tools you need to make it so do take that into consideration. For example, the invitations were cheaper on vista print than to buy all the card and bits and pay the higher postage because they are not flat.. good luck :) xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

We have booked our local social club hall and decorating it ourselves . I have an allotment (which is opposite the social club ) and I plan to grow all the flowers for the tables . Just finished making our invitations which my eldest son designed . Buying bits here and there from eBay - bunting , fairy lights , lanterns . My sisters friend got married and has sold us some centre pieces at a fraction of what they cost . X

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

Facebook marketplace has great stuff too

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

Made my own flowers. Invites designed by someone on etsy printed and edited myself.made my own centre pieces. Bridesmaid dresses came from boohoo. Made my own cake toppers. All supplies bouggt from ebay hong kong. Il put some pics in comments

Jayne Harper
Jayne Harper 8 Feb 2018

We have roped any friends and family with any skill we could use in to do certain aspects. I.e. Cake, flowers, DJ etc. They were people we wanted at our wedding anyway and asked if they minded us utilising them.

Wedding gifts I've brought beautiful pieces for a fraction of the price in the start of the year sale. Win win.

We aren't having cars as we are staying at the hotel the night before.

Mel Ive
Mel Ive 8 Feb 2018

Friends are doing stuff for us as wedding presents. My maid honour is doing our flowers, friend is doing the cake, invites and d.ecs have been brought from amazon/eBay - as myself and my h2b already live together people are very happy to give you something for the wedding rather than another toaster lol

Sarah Pollard
Sarah Pollard 8 Feb 2018

Bridesmaid made the cake , used charity shops for reception table top names , all bridesmaids & flower girls dresses from websites Lindy bop & sales at debenhams , glass painted & chalk painted for vintage look decorations , .....also Google to see if you have a local Facebook page called
" buy nothing " as my local
" buy nothing Burghfield " made loads of free cakes for our pop up vintage cafe after the wedding ceremony & they came up trumps providing enough cakes for 322 people to enjoy !!!! 🎉

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

Become friends with people who make cakes,do hair, flower arranging, djs. Etc then invite them to the wedding then ask them how much they would charge for said things then ask them to do it.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

Off peak, on a week day!
Got a friend making the cake, another helping me with decorations and favours etc! Buy bits slowly over time from places like eBay!
Will probably get my dress from a high street shop (after trying some on at a bridal place to decide what suits best!)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

I get married in august this year wish Poundland and ebay has become my best friend for our wedding x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

Change your day to a weekday , find a venue where your cost is pretty much all in ! Research research research!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Feb 2018

We are getting married at 6:30pm slips the wedding breakfast, straight into reception saves thousands!! X

Jayne Young
Jayne Young 8 Feb 2018

We booked our wedding on a Sunday and saved £2000 on room hire! For favours we're buying boxes and love heart shaped mints and chocs off Amazon to fill them, hardly costing anything. I'm just having Gypsophila for bridesmaid bouquets that I'm buying from supermarket & tying up myself. My mam is also making our cake. Depends on what kind of wedding you're wanting. My friends had a relaxed wedding, her mam and 2 aunties all wanted to make her cake so she said all 3 of them could make 1 each, decorate it how they like and it really was a personal touch!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Feb 2018

Yeah we aren’t having a sit down meal just some canapes and a buffet on the evening! That saved us nearly £4000

Rhian Priest-Dibben
Rhian Priest-Dibben 9 Feb 2018

only just in planning now, but instead of a pudding we are having 2 course meal and a cupcake wedding cake with 1 tier, so the cupcakes can double as pudding but still can cut a cake :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Feb 2018

- FIL is a member of a golf club, which meant hiring the room was free.
- I'm a photographer and have suggested to my cake maker we swap services, so I'm photographing her wedding for the cost of the cake.
- I'm going to make all my table decorations, seating plan, place settings etc.
- friends who are invite makers and photographers have agreed to lower their costs as favours.
- I'm going to order off the rack or sample sale for my dress to save £££.
- We're not having a DJ, but will be compiling a playlist for the reception.
- I'm going to make half the favours myself.

I'd suggest booking on a weekday (we had to do a Saturday due to the golf club calendar), limiting numbers invited (smaller venues generally cost less) and spreading the cost out over time.

The only expense I will never advise people to scrimp on is a photographer and/or videographer.

Victoria Lavery
Victoria Lavery 12 Feb 2018

I am making my own bouquets, less than £24 for 200 roses from ebay (video on how to make them on YouTube), home made favours. Wedding shoes from Amazon.

Georgia Mayo
Georgia Mayo 13 Feb 2018

So far I have bought my dress from eBay for only £50 and its perfect also we are getting married in the afternoon then going straight to the reception so saving by not having a sit down wedding breakfast

Amber Freeman
Amber Freeman 14 Feb 2018

Family friends are doing our cakes & flowers, we're also doing our own invites which has cut our costs :)

Tracey Law
Tracey Law 20 Feb 2018



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