Kerry Jarvis
Kerry Jarvis 14 Jun 2020

Hey babes....

Hey girls....just got engaged 1 week ago!! Very excited!! Actually can’t wait!! We are so close to booking our Local Church for our chosen Date!! 04.06.2022 ???? I was just asking if anyone has any money saving tips as I have unfortunately been signed off of work due to Ill health, which makes the cost a little scary!! ???? Much love and good luck to everyone ????

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UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Me and my fiance always have left overs in our account at the end of the month so we put that into the savings account 😊 makes you think more before spending

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congratulations! We have set up a separate bank account for our wedding savings with a different provider to our main bank accounts, so it's not tempting us to use it xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congrats!
Try putting away all your loose change in a jar.. You'll be surprised how much you can save. I work in a restaurant so I'd put my tips in it too 😊

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Go on the selling sites wedding ones for decorations favours ect try ever pretty for bridesmaid dresses amazon deliver quickly and good quality fraction of price

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congratulations put a set amount away separate from other money for wedding only.

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Download one of the apps that automatically rounds your card payments up to the nearest pound and saves the difference xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congratulations!! Pick little bits up along the way. Surprising how £10 here, £20 there mounts up xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Slow down enjoy being engaged. There is no rush to book everything

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

I downloaded bridebook and got a budget we could afford if we tightened our belts. Everytime I wanted to spend id look at what I wpulf sacrifice, eg favours, less to spend on my dress if I brought what I didnt need x

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Pay bits off as you go...me and hubby got married in dec last year...and every couple of months we paid small amounts to different suppliers. By the time it got to a few weeks before the wedding everything was paid for. X

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congratulations!
We figured out how much we could save weekly and then worked out how much we'd have by 6 weeks before our chosen date and that gave us our budget.
Download Bridebook onto your phone too.
Good luck 💍 x

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

I do dave the change which adds up pretty quick and I’ve started to buy bits now (I’m getting married the May before you) xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

I have 2 apps on my phone, one called chip and another called plum. They help me save a small amount each week and also have a round up where once a week they take the round ups from my weekly spend and stash that. You can transfer this back to your bank at any time and it is surprising how quickly the money builds up 😊

Congrats and good luck with all of your planning xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Make your invites or do online. We made our invites and order if service too. Took a lot of time but fun and saved us a lot.
Do you're own table decorations and flowers too and see if someone you know I'll do phototherapy :) x

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congratulations. Definitely consider a week day wedding as it’s quite a fair bit cheaper than a weekend day, we had ours on the Friday which made it even better as us and our guests had the weekend too! Buy things as you go, and depending on your decor ideas you can make a lot of the wedding decor look fab for a lot cheaper than getting someone into do it (I’m selling all mine off now after getting in February if anyone is interested in items) also consider what time you want to get married as the earlier in the day the more cost required for extra food or drinks and so on but the main thing is have the wedding that both you and your fiancé want don’t be tempted into having the wedding you think will impress everyone else for a huge amount of money, you can have an amazingly beautiful day and still keep the cost down you choosing your venue carefully, it’s doesn’t always have to be a big hotel, it could be just as amazing decorated at a club or function room etc. Good luck when your big day comes xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

If there are things you can do/ are happy to do yourself, you will find you can get married at a good price! For example, because I was at the end of Mat Leave and had no money coming in (due to ill health of a family member we have ourselves 3 months to book and plan our wedding), I made our wedding cakes (mainly because I wanted the cake cutting - the first act as husband and wife - to be special, instead of cutting a random cake).
I also made our wedding invitations/ name cards and table names myself.
Also, if you’re looking to have a reception venue for afterwards, maybe see if you can get one on finance (if they include catering etc even better)? We got our venue on a 0% interest finance so we are paying it off gradually over 2 years.
We had a church wedding with candles and flowers, a castle reception for 60 people with welcome drinks, toasting drinks, 1/2 bottle wine per person, canapés, sit down meal and bbq style evening food, disco and over night accommodation for under £6k and it was a really lush day that hasn’t broken the bank! 😊

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Book a few things like photographer now because prices go up each year so you’d get it at 2020 prices rather than 2022 prices, I only had to pay deposits then final balance 10 weeks before for most things too so you secure a lower price and then you’ll know exactly what you’ll need. Congratulations by the way!

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Remember, a wedding doesn't need to be expensive.
Have a wedding you can afford, it's one day, so make sure you don't struggle financially for it
Shop around, find bargains, and do as.much as possible yourself

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congratulations!
Do a spreadsheet. We didn't in the beginning but we have now and its brilliant. You can see what you need to save, what you have paid etc, it's so much easier.
Ebay for a lot of stuff. Try to do a lot of it yourself if you are able to. We have a venue dresser, and originally had centerpieces with her, we scrapped that, bought our own and have saved about £300, just on centerpieces. Set up a new bank account specially for this and keep transferring whenever you can. The day before payday we both see what's in our account, and whatever is left, we transfer over.
Have a great time planning your wedding xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

I made my own favours I had a thursday wedding -great saving I didnt have a make up artist or hair dresser (big saving) but dont stress yet you have lots of time 😊

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Make as much as you can with friends. Its fun and you save money too. Congratulations.

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

If you set a budget for your weekly shop if you have any change left over put it in a pot also shop about and check out sales I got my bridesmaid dresses in Debenhams sale for £15 each xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Book an appointment at Cambridge Bridal Studio for your wedding dress. We have over 75% off lots of our wedding dresses at the moment. www.CambridgeBridalStudio.co.uk 01223 430043 or 0800 4118130

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congratulations! Use a spreadsheet write down all the costs and put money into a savings account on pay day and just forget it’s there! Be realistic though! Pay things as you go but it’s really not as bad as it feels when you first see the total! Good luck and have fun! Xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Definitely start using an app which rounds up money spent on cards to the nearest £1. You don't miss the odd pence here and there and be amazed at how much it accrues

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Decide what theme you want. Then you can search for deals on ebay and when other people sell on items they have used for theres etc Also write down what you would love to have then mark next it what is most important to you both as may need to cut back on some things x

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

My fiance and I both do separately the penny saving challenge!! It adds up over the whole year to be over £670. We also every month budget all our bills and expenses, whatever is left over we put 75% into our wedding account and the rest into general savings as it's still a good idea to put aside for everyday emergencies. See what family will offer to help you with, whether it's towards your dress, making your cake or even a lump sum to go towards a honeymoon. Good luck!! X

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congratulations! Work out what you can save a month, are you getting any help from anyone, make a spreadsheet and add up your costs for everything you’ll need and you’ll be able to see where your money is going! The Bridebook app is good too! Happy planning! X

Leanne Ford
Leanne Ford 16 Jun 2020

I’ve downloaded an app called ‘chip’ which takes a little money each week - it uses some kind of algorithm based on your spending. You can choose to skip the save if you’re a bit short or change the amount. You can also do manual saves if you find yourself a bit flush! xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Something that I found brilliant instead of money or gifts from wedding guests. I had people do things for the wedding. It not only saved money but it was so special to have all these personal touches on our day made by friends and families.

On a money front every few days I go to online banking and put in the odd change to an online only saving account.
So if I have £125.56 I might put in 5.56 or 15.56 sometimes it's even just the 56. I also love even numbers so it helps lol

Congratulations!! Btw

My auntie made the cake, my friend the favours my mum and her friend did flowers etc.

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

I saved a lot of money by doing my own invites and centre pieces 💓💓

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Definitely pay off bits as you can and also buy little bits and pieces each month rather than leaving alot until nearer the wedding! It's alot easier when you don't feel like you're paying out massive amounts in one go xx

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congrats!
1. I'd open a savings account with a different bank and transfer every time you have spare cash a £5 here and there you won't miss going. Also agree with the jar idea! We've got one going for our honeymoon we empty our silver and £1 coins in to.
Also venues often have package deals if you have a certain amount of guests so certainly shop around. We found ours and for the whole day is £6k which while pricey covered EVERYTHING bar cake and clothing. So definitely worth finding deals that fit round you.
I've also started swapping fancier products for cheaper brands and he hasn't noticed 🤷‍♀️ males money go a bit further. We're lucky both still working so it isn't going to be a slog for us.
I'm a newbie but good luck! I'm sure you'll manage your dream day.

UKbride Member 16 Jun 2020

Congratulations! If you have any friends or relatives that are crafty and can make anything to contribute then they can help in leu of a wedding gift! My Nan made loads of cakes etc which doubled as dessert and wedding favours too 😊 I made all the jars for the tables and sorted the flowers myself (I’m now a wedding florist which is quite a funny turn of events 😄)

Another one is to sell anything you don’t want or need anymore to go towards the cost. Good luck! X

UKbride Member 17 Jun 2020

Make sure you have wedding insurance. It's a cost you can save on but if something happens with one of your vendors it could end up saving you a fortune x

UKbride Member 17 Jun 2020

Make things, lm making the decorations for reception, even the favours, it's fun x

UKbride Member 17 Jun 2020

Do your bouquets yourself with artificial flowers. Looks exactly the same and a fraction of the price.

Lots of DIY. I am making my own welcome signs, table plan, sweet table signs, order of the day. Bought my invites from eBay x

UKbride Member 17 Jun 2020

Wed2b do beautiful but cheap dresses - my dress style was averaging £2000 in bridal shops - just over £500 there - i love it!
Do things yourself - flowers in jars - beautiful but cheap and make your own bouquet.
Facebay has loads of wedding stuff. Don’t be afraid of second hand! Nobody needs to know!
M S do lovely Italian suits for half the price of say Moss Brothers.
Savings wise - like others there’s loads of accounts now which save for you - I have one that rounds the pound - so everything I spend it rounds it up and saves the rest. We also have another little saving pot - £20 each a month but by your wedding that’s nearly £1000!
Little changes things a big difference! X

UKbride Member 17 Jun 2020

Hi We have a tub to put in any spare £5 notes. And tub for 50 p. We wont touch it till 3 months b4 wed. Also had an engagement party which made a start. As guests gave us money to put in . Weve been saving since January 19. So itll soon add up. We getting married july 21... hope that helps and congratulations 🥂😘

UKbride Member 17 Jun 2020

I do. Shop about. Excitement gets to you, but don't fall for first price.

3 tier cake - £550
I actually got a 3 tier for £170.

Flowers mine and bridesmaid and buttonholes - £800 I got them for £250.

Invites day and night - £200 actually done them myself cost me less than £50

Bridesmaid dresses - £150 each - got them for less than £45 each.

Kilts - £90 pp. Got them for less than £30pp.

Venue hire plus hire of tables and chairs and decorations - £3000. I got it for less than £500.

Photographer - family friend.

DJ - family friend.

Bar hire - pays itself.

Catering x100 people - £3500. I got £1300.

The minute you tell people it's for a wedding. Price shoots up. People are out there willing to reduce prices. Just shop about. x

UKbride Member 17 Jun 2020

It can be tempting to try and save money by not getting wedding insurance, but if there’s one thing this pandemic has taught me, it’s how important insurance is! You never know what might happen, so shop around and find an insurance package that works with your budget

UKbride Member 17 Jun 2020

The big thing that helped me was to come up with a list of things that I absolutely had to have at the wedding and a list of things that I would like but won't die without. If you can find the other things for budget then great but if not then focus on the things that you absolutely have to have x

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