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.
Get a monzo bank account. I’m doing most of my decorations and decor myself too
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.
I’m making my table decorations rather than pay out for a florist. Planning on selling them on eBay afterwards.
I made my own wedding invites
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
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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)
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.
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
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
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.
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??
I did all the decorating myself, saved £100's
Drop the guest book as no one remembers to sign it ....
Use triangle nursery for real flowers as cheapest way and make your own ....
We did our own sweet cart, i made all of our invites, table plan, place cards etc, asked for discounts on everything
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!
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.
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
Silk flowers instead of real. Favours on tables were love hearts. Only one "posh" car. It was all lovely x
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.
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
We made our own favours and our own stationary 🙂
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
I bought some items from wish such as flowers and also made my own centre pieces and favours
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
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
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 ️
Some fantastic ideas. Thank you so much everyone.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!!
You looked fabulous.
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.
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
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 🙂