Kelly Gill
Kelly Gill 23 Sep 2019

Savvy wedding budgets

Where have you made savings when it comes to your wedding budget? Do you have any must haves? Anything you can live without? I'm looking for good ways of saving money.

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Francesca Nicholls
Francesca Nicholls 23 Sep 2019

Get a monzo bank account. I’m doing most of my decorations and decor myself too

Lianne Cooksley
Lianne Cooksley 23 Sep 2019

Me and my fiancé have put aside all the coppers (occasionally silver pennies). We put them into money bags and every few months get them put into the savings account.

Nichola Latham
Nichola Latham 23 Sep 2019

I’m making my table decorations rather than pay out for a florist. Planning on selling them on eBay afterwards.

Hayley Skinner
Hayley Skinner 23 Sep 2019

I made my own wedding invites

Julia Shepherd
Julia Shepherd 23 Sep 2019

We are not having wedding favours, bridesmaids dresses were bought in a dorothy perkins sale, we are having afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast, and we are reusing the bouquets as table decorations for the top table

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Sep 2019

Invite only who you actually want. You and your partner. Not the next door neighbors cousins sisters wife's hairdresser because Shelia said you had too. The day is only about you two!

Michelle Woollard
Michelle Woollard 23 Sep 2019

Wedding website with an app for invites rather than paper ones. Better for the environment and saved around £100-200 compared to getting reasonably priced invites. Rsvp with a click rather than relying on people to send an email or put something in the post.

Emily Catling
Emily Catling 23 Sep 2019

I didn’t do save the date and instead send out invites (that I made myself) a bit earlier then normal.
We had afternoon tea rather than a sit down meal and tried to DIY as much as we could. We used lanterns as centrepieces, decorated ourselves, to save on flowers as well

Amy Vigor-Green
Amy Vigor-Green 23 Sep 2019

Did our own invites and reply cards, combined the favour and place names into one (wooden magnet with names engraved). Did soft drinks as welcome drink which was half the cost of alcohol!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Sep 2019

I bought some boxes and sweets from amazon and made my own favours. Invites were from vista print with voucher codes used. Used a florist who doesn’t have a shop so lower prices. Only had 1 bridesmaid. Borrowed friends shoes, and mums jewellery.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Sep 2019

I DIY'd my centerpieces and sweet cart!
The centrepieces cost me less than £5 a table and my sweet cart cost me £75 including the sweets.
The sweets were the favours; we just gave everyone empty boxes to fill :)
(Pictured: one of my centrepieces)

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Sep 2019

Doing our own invites on the computer, having an afternoon tea then BBQ in the evening rather than formal sit-down meal, making my own & bridesmaids’ bouquets & doing the reception decor and centrepieces ourselves - got a few bits from a car boot & the Range is also great for decoration.

Briony Winthrop
Briony Winthrop 23 Sep 2019

I’m doing my own centre pieces, going to try to do my own invites. Getting a lot of table decorations off “wish” & “ali express” going to do my own name tags for seating, trying to DIY everything

Anna Rush
Anna Rush 23 Sep 2019

Savings: no bridesmaids and ushers, simple cake (chocolate), type of venue (pub).
Must haves: photographer, stag and hen, disco
Can live without: wedding favours, save the dates, wedding car

Rachael Watkinson
Rachael Watkinson 23 Sep 2019

I didn't bother with save the dates for everyone, i did a facebook save the date for those who are on facebook. Shop around for the best deals. Go for a less well known venue as they may give you a good deal in return for letting them use some of your pics for advertising. DIY as much as you can. We are having a friend make the invitations, mums are doing tables centre pieces, my Nana is making the cake, my uncle is driving in his lovely Jaguar. Favours will be a last minute decision only if we have money left in the budget for them. My stepdad has offered to arrange a playlist on his laptop. The things we are not scrimping on is attire, food and photographer.

Rachel Doxey
Rachel Doxey 23 Sep 2019

Make your own bouquets. It cost a lot less I managed to make a bunch of flowers for less than £5.00 you can buy little bunches for a £1.00 and you can make them look lovely. Send invites via email . If you want to do wedding favours I would buy something simple. Don’t waste money on heels as they will just come off. Wear flat shoes . Wedding favours aren’t necessary what I would do if you want too is flowers for parents or buy them a drink??

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Sep 2019

I did all the decorating myself, saved £100's

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Sarah Pollard
Sarah Pollard 23 Sep 2019

Drop the guest book as no one remembers to sign it ....
Use triangle nursery for real flowers as cheapest way and make your own ....

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Sep 2019

We did our own sweet cart, i made all of our invites, table plan, place cards etc, asked for discounts on everything

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Sep 2019

I bought lots of little glass bottles, in purple, turquoise’s, greens, byes and tlight holders and vases, all from charity shops, for the tables, then added peacock feathers (you could add fake flowers?) as I didn’t want to kill anything for our wedding. People commented how vibrant the tables looked!

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Christina Branson
Christina Branson 23 Sep 2019

Don't do Save the Date cards as they are a waste of Money IMO. Don't invite ppl for the sake of filling a room or meeting requirements, IMO its a waste of a seat and money. Buy second hand on things like decorations centre pieces table numbers etc. Do as much as u can yourself. Look on ebay for stuff.

Sarah Foley
Sarah Foley 24 Sep 2019

We are not having cars, nor hair and make up stylists. You can also hire wedding suits and wedding dress (Wish I knew this before I bought my dress lol). DIY decorations. Make your own bouquets, I made all of ours, artificial from Amazon, use YouTube and Google for inspiration xx

Gilly Carey
Gilly Carey 24 Sep 2019

Silk flowers instead of real. Favours on tables were love hearts. Only one "posh" car. It was all lovely x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

I am getting married late so no sit down meal, just a 2 part buffet, having a church wedding and then a church hall or something similar is a lot cheaper - mine is £600 for the ceremony and £300 for the reception. My reception venue is more like a pub setting in terms of the tables, and it had a £40k refurb as I booked it, so I'm happy with the chairs as they are and probably won't be putting covers/sashes on them. My centre pieces will be probably made up of balloons or something I can create myself and with me having smaller tables I will have one on every 3 tables. I also know someone who has a classic car so he will be taking me to my wedding free of charge. these are all good ways to save money.

Elizabeth Hayden
Elizabeth Hayden 24 Sep 2019

I look for second hand wedding items and sales. No favours, paper invitations, wedding cars or photo booths as they cost alot! We did online invitations and will order a taxi and make our own photo booth

Jessica Clilverd
Jessica Clilverd 24 Sep 2019

We made our own favours and our own stationary 🙂

Katrina Hallett
Katrina Hallett 24 Sep 2019

one of the biggest savings has been getting my dress from wed to be instead of a boutique that saved over £500 on most of my friends dresses.
I've made my own Confetti and my wedding shoes are upcycled comfy shoes, I'm baking the favours myself a couple of nights before. To be fair you could so away with favours altogether and no one would really miss them x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

I bought some items from wish such as flowers and also made my own centre pieces and favours

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

I did alot of my decorations myself. And found alot of stuff in charity shops, ebay, marketplace and car boots. My bridesmaids bought their own dresses. I used my friends and family skills. My step dad made our cake and saved us £100s on it. My friends and bridesmaids helped make my flowers out of books. We didn't add in seat covers, chair bows etc. Didn't invite people for the sake of inviting them. We did our own music for the evening instead of having a dj. Look for package deals at venues. You can save money on transport if you have your ceremony and reception at the same venue. If you have a friend to do hair and make up on the day that will save you alot. Suits cab be hired. Having a later ceremony time means only having to pay for a sit down meal and won't need anything during the reception

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

Married a guy whose mum makes cakes, did my own hair and make up whilst drinking a bottle of hooch. Married mid afternoon so I only had to feed the guests once, made the invites myself, made the wedding favours, bought a custom made dress, which wasn't silk so saved hundreds. Only invited who I really wanted to be there, and not who other people wanted. Had the best day ever all under 2.5k x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

M&S cake, dresses in the sale, flowers we sourced from a wholesaler florist, booked out of season, strict with our numbers of guests, DIY sweet table, hiremyselfie photo booth. Saved thousands ️

Kelly Gill
Kelly Gill 24 Sep 2019

Some fantastic ideas. Thank you so much everyone.

Hayley Gulliver
Hayley Gulliver 24 Sep 2019

I got my dress from wed to be so it was a lot cheaper than everywhere else I looked. We’re making all our centre pieces and seating plan ourselves. Doing our own invites. Bridesmaid dresses on Amazon.
Bought a whole load of battery operated lights in primark and fake flowers from the range.
We aren’t having any wedding cars

Paige Warwick
Paige Warwick 24 Sep 2019

Vista print invitations, I went to a bridal store where they specialise in donating all the money to cancer research, something close to my heart, done our own wedding favours, picked up little bits here and there over the past year, got a package deal on the venue where we have been really strict on numbers. Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

I’m making my own flowers from paper. Also making our own table decoration by using wine bottle and pine cones. Anything we can make ourselves we are.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

I got my dress second hand from a lady on here...I made all my decorations myself from centrepieces, table plan to drapes....my nan made my cake ..my dad made me light up love letters...we didn't do favours.. instead I did my own sweet table. Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

My dress was second hand.

It looked just as beautiful on me as it did on it’s first bride, and it’ll look equally beautiful on it’s third bride.

It cost the first bride £1800, it cost me £80.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

Im doing my own flowers and aldo got mt dress from a bridal warehouse so about half the price.
We also shopped around for caterer and found one that didnt charge corkage as that made drink a lot cheaper too!!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

You looked fabulous.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Sep 2019

We bought flowers for all the table decorations from Lidl for £20 then a friend arranged them in bottles and vases which were either free or from the pound shop. They looked lovely. Borrow things - I borrowed 2 white gazebos and some heart shaped picture frames and loads of lights. I also bought lots of cloths, table runners, decorations from Etsy which were great value. For the reception we had a pig roast with salads etc supplied by a caterer then friends and family made some deserts and we got some from Costco. Looked brilliant and great value.

Becky Mitchinson
Becky Mitchinson 26 Sep 2019

I havent cut back on anything really just shopped around for different prices whether it be buying or hiring decor and looking at multiple companies for cakes wedding cars music x

Joanne Woods
Joanne Woods 28 Sep 2019

I’m doing my own flowers. My friend is making my cake and my other friend is doing my hair and make up she’s also given me some shoes to wear 🙂 I also plan on getting my dress off the rack 🙂

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