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UKbride Member Request 22 Feb 2018

What’s the best way to have a budget wedding but still classy and elegant?...

What’s the best way to have a budget wedding but still classy and elegant? We don’t have much as our daughters always in hospital for surgery and we’re always in and out of there. Always costs a fortune and with my partner always needing the time off to be there, there’s just never enough time to accumulate the savings in between times. Have always dreamt of a top class wedding with a big beautiful dress. Just need ideas on how I can make this happen on a minimal budget xx

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Rebecca Cherrett
Rebecca Cherrett 22 Feb 2018

It's very possible 😊 you could make your table arrangements yourself to save some money. Could have artificial flowers and make your own bouquets instead of fresh. You can get a beautiful dress and veil etc... from wed2b.
You can buy a 3 tiered cake from marks and Spencers for £54 then you could buy the decorations and stick them on with cake glue. I've done all these things and was worried it would look cheap but I'm very happy with house everything has turned out. It's very possible just depends what you're happy with reducing the costs on 😊 xx

Clare Mayfield
Clare Mayfield 22 Feb 2018

Buy your dress from an outlet...the prices can start from as little as £99...They are new amd designer and perfect....handmade decorations are always so personal...flowers from trade outlets will be cheaper too xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

Concentrate spending your money on the venue, entertainment and photographer. If you have a nice venue you won't need a lot of decoration. Do your own centre pieces - look on ebay for people selling theirs on. Look in places like Quiz, Debenhams, Asos for cheaper but lovely bridesmaid dresses. Make your own bouquet - there are lots of tutorials online. Wed2b have more affordable wedding dresses or look for a wedding outlet or sample dresses in boutiques. x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

The way it sounds you are not only short on money but time is also a luxery. Not sure how much the DIY will help you, especially since you need not only time but space as well. Without knowing all the circumstances, your budged, or location I would have a look at venues first and explain them the situation. A lot of venue stylist can do a lot with a smaller budget if they know what you are able to spend. And if you want it classy maybe you just have to go with the less is more aproach. We have seen some stunning places that didn't need a lot of decoration to start with.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

I got my designer dress from Oxfam online. It is a Disney Alfred Angelo dress and absolutely stunning. I paid £400 for it brand new with tags with the retail price being £1500 .

Make savings by making things yourself or buying second hand. Hitched has a buying and selling section where you can buy pre-owned wedding things such as decorations.

We are having a 1920's glam theme on a budget and have got the majority of things second hand or made them.
We also went with a venue that did a good package and got things such as food, complimentary favours and decorations etc. Included for around £4k.

Also for invitations we will be using vistaprint. They have really lovely designs for quite cheap too :)

Beth Collicott
Beth Collicott 22 Feb 2018

Go to jj's house (website) for a dress .... amazingly cheap and good quality.
Keep numbers low and get married Mon to Thurs as everything a lot cheaper then.

Kattrina Loizou
Kattrina Loizou 22 Feb 2018

I cut 10k off my wedding without loosing any of the wow factor!

Step one, moved the wedding to a weekday as it was less expensive £3.5k cheaper

2. Found my dress on eBay from a UK bridal shop (bridalbeauties is their seller name) £1k cheaper

3. Removed plus ones that we didn't know, unless I know your name ane I have spent time with you, your not coming £2k saved in food and drink saved

4. Went away from a package and found a dry hire place, our venue is gorgeous inside but looks like nothing spectacular outside, they provide the rooms and the tables and chairs only £3k saved on normal dry hire venue

Got all my entertainment from one place amd chose a local company so less milage charges, I got a photo booth dj live singer chocolate fountain up lighting love letters amd chair covers and sashes for £850

We swapped the three course sit down at £40 per head for a luxury afternoon tea at £21 a head

Making my own video invite that I'll email to peiple, and my save the dates were taken in the photo booth with is holdinh a chalk board (I spoke to my entertainment company and they ONLU charge me for cost of prints if I met them at a wedding show where they were already set up)

We swapped welcome drink to a fruit punch with a bar open If they want something stronger and the champagne toast is prosecco

Finally we stayed away from wedding suits amd brought nice suits online from next, and our bridesmaid dresses came from light in the box

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

If you can get married on a Friday or a Sunday then that will make it much cheaper to start with. Hier you local village hall, community centre or you could see if there is a local pub that has a function room, with just a few (had made to save costs) decorations can make the place look lovely. Dresses you can get from wed to be on a tight budget. Or look on eBay... hope this helps, good luck. Xx

Jayne Harper
Jayne Harper 22 Feb 2018

You can always look out for sample sales, that way you could get your dream dress for a fraction of the price.
For venues, get married officially at a registry office and then do a DIY with a ceremony (if you want) and dress it yourself to try and keep costs down.
Call in friends/family that could do cakes/catering etc.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

Have you looked at holiday inn. I’m getting married there and it’s not that expensive. You get a lot for your money. I’m also Savin money by having my best friend make my wedding cake, my sister is doing the sweet cart and is lending me some games to keep kids entertained as we are getting married early. I made my wedding invites and save the dates came off vista print. I’m also getting my bridesmaids dresses made which saved me a fortune. If you look at things you like on Pinterest then you can look round to find them cheap. I also got my wedding dress in a sale x

Wendy Bacon
Wendy Bacon 22 Feb 2018

Hobby craft do invitations online x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

We are having our dream wedding on a Saturday in the church we have both dreamed of getting married in and then back to a hotel as we have a lot of family from out of town but our initial budget was 6k we have done it under that budget, found a website for our own invites so doing them ourselves x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

Getting married during the week is cheaper and if you go November, early December, January you can get some great deals.

Alysha Penner
Alysha Penner 22 Feb 2018

Groupon do wedding packages that include so much! There only about £1500

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

I booked our wedding last minute (12 weeks!) And saved £7000 on this year's prices! Plus planning it in that little time meant I had to streamline on all the extras, we didn't do favours, sweet carts, programs, menus for the day etc. Nobody missed it. Our venue was all inclusive, so didn't have to hire a caterer. My cake was nearly naked chocolate, a small 3 tier to cut and we had an extra sheet cake in the kitchen to feed everyone. My dress was from a shop that was closing down, two thirds off the price. It's definitely doable, you just have to be prepared to haggle and look for other ways around problems!

Emma Bonnar
Emma Bonnar 22 Feb 2018

We are getting married at 4pm saves a fortune only feeding people once. Made my own invites. Centrepieces made form bits from ikea. Dress from an outlet. Cake from family. Spent a little more on photography but got a good deal with not being all day and evening x

Michelle Palmer
Michelle Palmer 22 Feb 2018

Week wedding
Wed2b for dress
Pound shops have an amazing range (I’ve even them even hiring them out for more at wedding fairs)

eBay

Facebook for sale groups!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

Make a lot of things yourself, invitations, rsvps, favours, decorations. Look for dresses in places like wed2be or on Etsy. Even suits don’t have to be too expensive, sainsburys suits and nexts suits are exactly the same, made in the same factory, the only difference is the price.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

I have a lovely dress for sale size 14, I’d happily let you have for under £100 if you were interested

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

Book during the wk.have who u want but don’t go over board.have a buffet and have wedding later so only one meal.ask family and friends for help.x

Catriona White
Catriona White 22 Feb 2018

1. Be realistic!!! If your budget is small you may have to sacrifice some of your ideals.
2. Keep it small. Less people less cost this will make the biggest difference.
3. Go mid week not weekend.
4. Go off season (not April - September!)
Good luck.

Emily Barnett
Emily Barnett 22 Feb 2018

Hotel wedding packages often include decorations like centre pieces, place cards, menus, table plans and chair covers and package deals definitely save money. Try booking your wedding between October and April too as this will instantly be cheaper x

Amy Bickmore
Amy Bickmore 22 Feb 2018

I'm saving empty glass jars and bottles and will decorate them to use for floral arrangements.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

I got married last month and our budget wasn't massive I got married in January as the price for the same package was £2k instead of £6k for say summer and being in England being realistic you can get married height of summer and still have rain package was at a hotel venue but they also have lovely grounds and included ceremony and reception and evening, so many drinks per guest, 3 course meal , dj and venue decorations such as sashes etc and was on a Saturday ?? I made my own invites , place names, save the dates and also my own favours . My dress was from a wedding dress shop but they stock only what they have In they don't specially order or do alterations etc my dress cost me £300 and then £75 for alterations elsewhere and it was a proper wedding dress and my dream dress not that id of known that before actually trying it on. Rings h Samuel cost about £280 but can get alot cheaper .. bridesmaids etc I had 3 my 2 children and my niece much cheaper for dresses and accessories we had a best man and an usher ... you can always ask people to buy there own suits /dresses although dnt be too demanding with what you expect if you choose to do that ... . I did my centre pieces myself ... pintrest was my best friend im not exactly artsy or crafty and I personally think it all looked lovely. And a honeymoon isn't important especially with a poorly daughter but if need be ask for cash or vouchers so you can book a honeymoon. We asked for currency to spend on our honeymoon as otherwise we wouldn't of had a penny and would of arrived and been stuck at the airport ha ha and I know it's not everyone's fancy but don't be afraid to go second hand . It can be done with a smaller budget and still have the impact of a big white wedding.

Sammi Taylor
Sammi Taylor 22 Feb 2018

Our budget for our wedding is 1 thousand.
We are literally hiring cheap suits for £49.
Got a dress online for £100.
Bridesmaid dresses were 13.90 on boohoo

We are doing registry office with family only at 5pm on a Friday then we have hired a pub which is beautiful. Doing it all up ourselves and doing a buffet. And having a party with a DJ.
We are paying the pub £100 and the room is beautiful. Making my own chair covers off material off ebay and a sewing machine, cost £60 in total. They provide table cloths I'm making table runners with left over material from chair covers.
Making my own center pieces from flowers on ebay and fairy lights from pound land and candles from pound land.

Making my own cheap favours. You can buy alsorts on ebay!

Literally for transport, my friend owns a VW camper van, just paying her petrol and she is driving us, bought some car ribbons on ebay and dressing it up ourselves.

If you know anyone who has one, or even just a nice fancy car. Ask them to do the same.

My DJ is costing £100 for the evening. Still doing speeches just on the evening at the party. Still having a first dance.

I'm lucky enough my fiancé's sister is a photographer. But to give her a break I'm getting people to take photos and upload them to a specific app with a pass code for our wedding which we can keep.
You put on the tables' I spy with my little camera... ' and then a list of things for people to capture.

Saves you needing to pay for a photographer for the evening if you are having one. Just pay for one for the ceremony and for a few aftershots as they usually pay by the hour!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Feb 2018

insteadof presents ask family and friends to pay for different things for wedding

Juliette Parnell
Juliette Parnell 23 Feb 2018

I got my wedding dress from s charity shop. Paid 300 for an ex display 3000 dress. My friend bought an very plain dress from a charoty shop then sewed buttons on it... it was the most stunning wedding dress ive ever seen.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Feb 2018

Look at getting married on Friday instead of weekend .

Hazel Cottrell
Hazel Cottrell 23 Feb 2018

changing to mid-week or a less popular day is a great way of saving money! Try and find a venue that allows you to get own caterers too!

Tessa Lok
Tessa Lok 23 Feb 2018

Look on your local council websites for licensed venue hidden gems. We just found a lovely grade 2 listed community-based museum in the suburbs. No corkage fees, 6-7 hours hire, 3 rooms and a garden all included for less money and fewer restrictions than the local council hall.

Natalie Ennis
Natalie Ennis 24 Feb 2018

Can try the upcycled sites such as preloved and gumtree. Facebook searches may also be of benefit too.

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