Charlene Taylor
Charlene Taylor 4 Dec 2019

Cheap wedding

Hi all. We have just got engaged and are looking to do our wedding as cheap as possible. We were thinking registry office and then marquee with a band and hog roast after. Has anyone done this that can give me rough costs? What did you do to keep the costs down?

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UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Get married in winter months it knocks of load of money xx

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

We planned this then we started getting quotes for marquees. Trust me, they're not as cheap as you'd think. We were quoted over £3k for one :( you can get some really beautiful village halls that'll charge less than £1k however :) plus then you can have the cheaper winter rates without worrying about heating if winter is an option :)

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Marquees are not cheap! There are some lovely village hall around at a fraction of the price xx

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Mid week winter wedding will save loads!

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

I’ve looked into it- unfortunately the problem is finding land for the marquee first and foremost unless you’re lucky enough to have a big garden. Companies that do land marquee catering come out at around £8-10k for approx 100 people in my experience 😫

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

We've saved money by just having immediate family to the ceremony and wedding breakfast and then close friends n other family coming at 4pm for photos, games etc. Then just evening guests at 7 ish. Also doing it off peak on a Sunday 👌

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Our marquee was just short of £10k (that was literally just the marquee. No tables / catering equipment etc or the land to put the marquee on) x

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Marquees aren’t cheap unless ur thinking more of a gazebo type back garden wedding, maybe look at venue with function rooms/outdoor area. I found a very cheap beautiful venue that was room hire only and then had bbq during the day and pizza on the night i spent in total £5500 n that included everything from dress to food. And we had a church which was around £500 so could save more.
To save money we ditched alot of “tradition” no sit down meal, no welcoming drinks or toasts was very relaxed and party atmosphere ☺️

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

In our experience in entertainment, hog roasts can be quite expensive. Where we got married, they wanted £1500 for 50 people, we opted for the traditional buffet they offered. What location are you getting married? xx

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Maybe check round your local venues, hotels etc. Most are offering a winter wedding package. We are getting married nov 2020, on a Sunday, saved lots of money doing it this way x

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

the cheapest way is registry office and village hall x if you go marquee not only is hire expensive you also have to hire toilets x

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

In terms of entertainment, I would always favour live music over a DJ.
Having said that, bands can end up being pretty expensive. Try and opt for a band that can provide a smaller lineup (eg. 3-4 members)

www.lastminutemusicians.com has an enormous selection of fantastic bands.

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Weekday weddings are much cheaper

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

I was doing the exact same til I got the quotes through. £7000 was the cheapest I could get it down too. If u want to keep the costs down buy a couple of gazebos and do a bbq. Trim it all up with fairy lights pop a few tables and chairs in. I decided on a venue in the end as was alot cheaper and got alot more.

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

As above, we looked at field/marquee venues and they were ridiculously priced! We started looking at halls instead and found a town hall in a small town near us that was licensed for marriage and had a room for our reception for cheaper than most places charged for just the ceremony. It was the same price at the weekend so we went for a Saturday, but we're doing a twilight wedding so we don't need to feed people twice. We've also limited the number of people strictly for the ceremony/meal to keep catering costs down and will just cater a snacky buffet ourselves for the evening

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

I'm getting married on a sunday. That's saved quite a bit of money x

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

I organised our wedding in 3 weeks. Booked registry office, then phoned around local hotels until we got a function room for free and we negotiated the price for food. I said what can you do for £8-£10 per head and they came up with a menu. I made all the table decorations and flowers including my bouquet and flower girl bouquets. We made play lists on our phones and plugged it into the function room sound system. Only thing we paid extra for was ‘mood lighting’ and chair covers. I got my dress off eBay (which was beautiful) registry office, venue, food, dress, flowers and room decs, all extras like hair and makeup and nails etc I brought the whole thing in for under £1200. It was an amazing day and no one would’ve known it hadn’t cost the earth so you can definitely do an amazing wedding on a budget. Good luck 😉 💒

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Try the Halfway House in Donisthorpe. We had registry office and a marquee there and it was very reasonable. They have their own marquees

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Marquees and hog roasts are mega expensive! 😔😔

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

I agree it's way cheaper for a room hire,

With a marguee you need to think about hiring everythig tables, chairs, sliver, table clothes the list is endless!

You can get great packages in function rooms, I had mine in an English pub and it was much cheaper and all in so I could really keep an eye on the spending! X

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

My sister managed to get a marquee that was on the side of a village pub this came equipped with tables and chairs. She had a hog roast, ceremony was at the register office. She got married for just under 5k that included dresses too x

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

I run a marquee business. Just something to bear in mind - you may get a marquee quote but that is literally just the marquee! No lining, lighting, flooring, dance floor, power, furniture etc. It’s changed my business plan because we now do packages for weddings but it’s surprising how many people think we charge a fortune but it’s actually for everything you need in the marquee rather than just the marquee.
People do also think it’s like putting up a tent 😂🙈 and it’s not! There are also costs for us as a business such as cleaning, insurances, staff training etc that people forget about too.

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Will Spiers

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Find a venue with an all inclusive package?
Here at Cottrell Park we have a luxury marquee with special all inclusive rates for 2020/2021

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Why don't you enquire with a pub nearby about a function room? It will be a lot cheaper. And if they do food, they could even do you a deal with a sunday roast or buffet?

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Marquee's are surprisingly expensive... (remember you have to also hire portaloos, heating, flooring, potentially tables/chairs...) I looked at some initially but found a far cheaper package (under 6k) in a lovely local hotel. I know even this would be expensive to some wanting a really cheap do so just look around. As others have said, pubs and village halls can be a good option...

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Marquees aren’t cheap I’m paying £5200 for mine. My friend had registry office and hired a room in a pub close to her home and it was a beautiful day x

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

I had a registry office wedding & then hired a room at a local hotel & hires & dj & had food. Was so much cheaper cxx

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Marquees aren’t cheap & then you have to look at furniture for it & portable loos etc. We are taking over a local pub, no hire charge, just a minimum spend including food & booze - win win!!

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

We got married in a hotel and had 3 course sit down meal for 56 and food on night which was bacon baps and chips for 140, the whole lot cost us £4,500.00, obviously we then had dress, rings and groom and best man outfits etc but we spent no more that £8.5k. We got a winter deal in June as the hotel had no events on at that time so good to look around especially if you arent fussed on dates. Enjoy planning xx

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

We got out package for £3799 because we chose a Saturday in March so it’s out of main wedding season. That’s 60 day guest 3 course meal and 100 evening for beef sandwiches. £500 for registrar then the rest of the other things are your choice on how much you spend, I got my dress from a bridal shop that was closing down so was £300 including my veil and it’s a beautiful would have been very expensive dress. Bridesmaid dresses we got in M&S 70% off sale for £19 each!! Men’s suits we’ve just bought in Black Friday sale at sainsburys so if they fit they’ll work out at £60 per suit that’s including waistcoats. I’ve bought everything when it’s been on offer and it’s honestly saved us a fortune but we are going on honeymoon for 4 weeks so for us we wanted to spend more on the luxuries for the honeymoon! Getting married in the week can save you even more money xx

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

Marquees, Bands and Hog Roasts are some of the most expensive things out there....

UKbride Member 4 Dec 2019

I'm getting married next year and doing it cheap aswell, a lot of places have deals on for packages, also look on Groupon. I'm doing my own drinks and paying corkage which is saving about £1000, you could even do your own buffet if you don't mind the street, also ebay is amazing for your decor x

UKbride Member 5 Dec 2019

Marque are do expensive we are doing registry office and golf club with a buffet and whole wedding should cost about 2 grand x

UKbride Member 5 Dec 2019

We had a yurt and got it for around £4K including tables and chairs. Could have saved £1k with a more simple stretch tent. However you also have to factor in toilets, generator, water etc.
You can find the cost of registry office on the council website and it differs in each county. Anywhere between £50-400 depending on day and place.
We signed the register 2 days prior and kept it basic/ legal. then had dads perform the ‘ceremony’ with vows and rings.
Depends what you mean by ‘cheap’ some would think that means £1k and some would think more like £15k.
Catering took more than half of our budget. And we had a bbq served family style to the tables with bowls of salads etc. Not at all fancy but still felt enough for the occasion. It’s not just the food you’re paying for, it’s staffing, equipment etc.
So by that way, a function room or unusual venue will be more cost effective as generally have everything onsite. Also why hotels can offer cheap packages as they will have staff on hand.

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