Hey so finally engaged after 10 years ???????? but I can't believe how expensive weddings are ???? I want something more than just a registry office and then a meal somewhere (absolutely nothing wrong with this, it's just not us!) Also don't want a church wedding lol, we're in Scotland and I've been looking at some lovely hotels but they come with some not so lovely price tags ????. I should say we are also in the process of applying for emigration to Australia which once all done is going to have cost us close to £10k ???? so I really can't afford £6k+ on venue packages ????. We want to get married before we emigrate, and as it'll be the last time for a long long time that we'll have all our families together I do want it to be a lil special. Has anyone any ideas on how I can search for cheaper options. Google is being no help at all ???????? x
Have just realised you can't use emojis on comments he ha, please excuse all the question marks lol
What part of Scotland you looking at? Xx
My cousin just got married at the vu outside of Edinburgh and it was lovely. Good pricing too xx
Not sure where in Scotland you are, but we're getting married at maybe house hotel near Dumfries, they don't charge for venue hire, so you only pay for your food/drink and obviously person to marry you. And you get the function rooms to yourself. X
I'm getting Married at Marine Hotel Troon and for venue in nowhere near £6k although depends on how many people you would have
Duck Bay Marina... its where I got married, right on loch lomond, stunning scenery and its so reasonable... cheaper than a lot of hotels! X
I downloaded the app bridebook and it's really good, I've found planning my wedding that you need to negotiate prices (most places have wiggle room in prices they rather be in use then have nothing booked) x
Look at Best Western hotels. We got married in one that really didn't look like a budget hotel (Scores) and the wedding package now is actually cheaper than it was when we got married in 2015.
Have you considered a simple registry office for the legal part of marriage. Then you could have a blessing ceremony anywhere that respect your tastes. X
A weekday wedding is always cheaper and probably going for a month that's not so popular, I.e maybe October. Also wjen looking at photography, make up/hair contact a local college to see if a student wants experience. Also as for dresses look at preloved/ ex sample so muxh cheaper but just as beautiful. Make your own flowers with artificial I made mine and 3 bridesmaid and 20 button holes for about 30 pound. Hope soem of this helps xx
could you hire a nice golf club or something to host a "leaving party"? As soon as you say the W word prices magically seem to increase so if you can have a wedding in a registry office then take the party over to the reception
Gretna green! 😃
Comrie croft, Crieff is uo era in Scotland, exclusive use of barn and full accommodation ( upto 74) if u charge ur guests for the nights stayin ur barn could end uo very very cheap xx
Go abroad, we got married for £6000 including wedding, 2 weeks in Cuba, wedding dress, bridesmaids, husbands outfit, flowers etc xx
Where are you in Scotland? I married 2 years ago in Aberdeenshire, meldrum House and the venue package was no where near 6k. Obviously once you start adding things on then it creeps up but you have control over that. Also look at mid week weddings, venues are cheaper, often photographers etc will do you deals as well if it's not a Saturday
Not sure what part of scotland your living in but we got married at the vu in bathgate. They do brilliant wedding packages xx
I got an amazing venue at a fraction of the cost from UK wedding savings (try googling it). Not sure if they have venues in Scotland but have a look and see how you feel. Good luck with the search!
Best western hotel in Perth doing a grand wedding option. Have a look at their offers. Good look!
We got engaged after 13yrs together, married after 14yrs! We have 2kids& couldn't justify a big wedding bill. We found a lovely manor house that did everything...ceremony & reception so we just had to get the registrar. We got married on a weds as it was a lot cheaper, ceremony was later in the day (4.00) so we only had to feed people once! I had a paper bouquet, bridesmaid/flower girls had wands & I decorated jam jars & grew our own sweet peas to fill them instead of flowers/florist. Fb pages & ebay for finishing touches. Whole thing, everything except honeymoon cost £5.5k.
I'm getting married at the cruin at Loch lomond in 2019, they have fantastic packages for £3000. The staff are fantastic and the venue is stunning and makes for beautiful pictures xx
Groupon do good wedding package xx
Gretna Green Weddings At The Mill Forge - Perfect xx
Hitched.com is a good site for venues of different sizes, types and budgets that's where I did most of my research
Try winter packages and last minute deals as lots of places slash their prices to sell dates x
Weekday weddings are the best way to save money and you get good deals from hotels venues etc. Some can be half the weekend cost.
Have a look at the time of year- a lot of venues have great deals for winter weddings and also the day of the week. I have also noticed on things like Wowcher and Groupon there have been wedding packages but obviously check out all of the information/terms first x
Try the vu, they do great packages with discounted prices for midweek weddings as well as winter weddings x
If you sign up to various sites like UK Bride, Confetti etc. they often have venues offering lats minute packages etc. at bargain prices so that could be an option if you're on a bit of a deadline? The venues would rather have some money than none so you can often get them at a fraction of the advertised price :-)
Some hotels etc will do late availability/ last minute Packages at discounted rates. Worth contacting a few and asking.
Groupon have good deals but think about what you want. For us we didnt want the wedding breakfast so have opted for a later service and hot evening buffet. It saved us thousands x
My wedding only cost us just over 2k for the lot I started to get bits early on My dress was bought December 2012 (we married in November 2014) and only cost me £60 £60 to have it altered to fit so if you get a few bits when you can it not to bad a lot of my stuff I got off eBay good luck with it all
Have a consider to when you fix your date- day if the week and time if year can reduce (or increase!) the price by loads!
We're doing registry office. But then have a beautiful venue for afterwards for the whole day and night that's worked on a minimum spend. So we only had to put £100 deposit down (redeemable against the bar on the night) and as long as our friends drink plenty we won't have to spend anymore! Other than catering it's been super cheap .
Try looking at venues that aren't typical wedding venues. Ours is an old lock keepers house turned into a bar. It's stunning (and haunted )
I was at a wedding in Glasgow in July at a venue called st Luke's and the winged ox - not sure about price but service, atmosphere and food were amazing and a really unusual venue
Do a village hall if you look around there are some lovely ones, it is exclusive for you, they always come with outside space and you can supply your own drinks without corkage :) x
Look at having a late wedding so you're cutting some of the food out. It makes a massive difference x
GROUPON sometimes have wedding packages that are reasonable although you may have to be flexible on the places. I found a wedding package for 2.5k in York at the Mecure Hotel and it was beautiful so it is out there
Look into getting married during off peak wedding season! Sept-Feb
My venue would have cost me £4200 more than I'm paying if I got married in August compared to when I get married in October!
Get a late deal. We booked 3 months from the date, and it was so much cheaper!
Are you asking us if you're engaged after 10 years (question makes indicate you're asking a question. Perhaps ask your partner if you're engaged?)
Also, are you telling us, or asking us how expensive weddings are (again.the question mark thing)
I'm also failing to understand whats funny about not wanting a church wedding (I didnt have one, but the reason for the "lol" goes straight over my head?)
Are you asking us, or telling us that you've looked at hotels, and come away with high price tags ( "?" means you're asking a question) I would just suggest, if you're interested in a hotel wedding, that you shop around, or maybe try google searching "£999 wedding" and see if there is anything in your area. There were several wedding packages local to me, that were budget friendly.
Once again, your use of question marks, in relation to the Australia thing is confusing, if this is a question, then I know nothing about immigration, so cant help there. Although perhaps you're telling us (rather than asking)that you're immigrating, that it'll cost £10k, and therefore highlighting the reason for needing a lower budget wedding?
In terms of asking us if you can afford a £6k wedding budget, this is a question to ask yourself. You need to establish yourself what your budget is. This needs to be your very first step, from there you can consider the best option for your wedding.
As for how to find cheaper weddings, I suggest deciding exactly what your budget is, and then going from there, try a google search again with "2k wedding package in ......" Trt and go to local wedding fares to you. Have you considered getting married abroad? Or, maybe recisdier the idea of a registry office?
Apologies if i've missed the point of this post, in confused my little dyslexic brain trying to establish what you were saying, and if much of it was questions or statements!
we've saved half the venue cost by booking midweek! Your guests will need a bit more notice to take the day (and maybe the next one) off, but doubt many of them will mind :) then you can put the money saved towards the meal/dress/whatever else you still need to pay for. Best of luck!
Why not get married through the week package deals are cheaper and as long as you give people plenty notice I'm sure they could get the wedding off and maybe the day after off.
Some venues will let you hire for an hourly rate such as historic buildings and castles which my brother did and we all went back to his house where they had a marquee in the garden
A 4* hotel near me (Newcastle) advertised a package on Groupon/Living Social for £1995 for 40 day and 80 night so maybe look on there? X
I got married in January in my dream venue (which made it cheaper) it really depends on the venue & also compromising is the the key! A friend made my cakes (they were perfection) my dress was in the sale,decoration I bought myself etc I shopped around & spent £3500 all in! It's doable but you need to put in the work & shop around xx good luck & congratulations! (We married on our 10 year anniversary lol)
Have you tried holiday inns. I'm in the UK Portsmouth so probably couldn't be further away from you lol but we had the same desires as you and the best value we found was holiday inns, they offer everything at a very reasonable price!xx
Try a village hall or golf club or something. Our local cricket club lets you use the venue for free if you have 50 people coming. Then call in some favours for cake and food etc or buy from your local supermarket. They do some ace cakes too. I had this discussion with a colleague of mine. They didn't believe you could do it on a low budget. He's now taken some of my ideas and using them. Most of my budget is in my venue but there's loads f ways to keep the cost down. There's apps too for photos so you could skimp on a photographer. Or like I did, I entered a competition online and won a discounted package. I'm planning on making my own origami flowers too. Good luck!
Have u thought of maybe getting married on a weekday x this is generally a lot cheaper x we are thinking of getting married on a Thursday xx
Not sure where in Scotland you are, but we have booked ours at red house hotel in Coupar Angus, no cost for venue hire, just the food & drink, price not too bad per head either x
Have you tried your local town/village/community Hall? We were married in paisley town Hall and it was reasonably priced for the rent of the whole building for the whole day. You then just need to find reasonable catering.
Groupon do weddings xxx
If your not fussed about the day of the week mid week weddings are cheaper or see if there is late availability somewhere x good luck x
Depends where you are in Scotland. I got a hotel in East Kilbride ( 20 minutes outside Glasgow) with a full wedding package ( ceremony room, chair covers, tables covers etc, dj, full three course meal. Drinks package and more) for 2500. Just had to buy the cake and outfits. Was a lovely hotel too. X Try Groupon for deals near you too. They sometimes offer discounted packages
Hi Erynn I'm following your thread closely (which i understood perfectly even with the question marks lol ) I am in Edinburgh and am getting married next year but like you am a bit shocked at the package costs for a wedding x
Weekday weddings in the winter are far cheaper! If people have enough notice they can easily get time off work. We saved so much money this way, on everything from venue to photographer! Try and do as much DIY as possible too. It really cuts down on costs and eBay will be your best friend! X
Well that's great news Bridget getting married next year very happy for you and Pete xxxxxlv u
Comrie croft. Perthshire. It's stunning, DIY venue, with accommodation too! They have a great website too x
Have you had a look on Groupon? They sometimes have discounted wedding packages
Have a look at the cruin , Loch Lomond , they do great packages good luck
I got married holiday inn and package was quite cheap and couldn't fault the staff at all they were amazing , food was also really good x
As far as I am aware you can legally get married anywhere in Scotland- for example I know that you can get married in a camp site in Skye/up a mountain as long as you have someone to do the ceremony.
choose a celebrant - less expensive, bespoke, personalised ceremony, outdoor if you wish - contact me for more info - be happy to advise www.simplyceremonies.co.uk
Try groupon. Some hotel chains do 2k packages for limited numbers.
You've got a lot of replies, so not sure if this has already been suggested - but if you're prepared to do it, a lot of venues offer discounted packages for dates that are both out of prime season and nearing - as in spring 2018. We booked ours for February 2018 with 10 months to go, and got it at half the price it should normally be! xxx
Try looking at alternative venues. I got married in the planetarium at the centre for life in newcastle. The package for a full day wedding breakfast evening do and dj was only 2500. I jad a bespoke package made as got married at 4pm then just evening do but because they are a business event place there was no room hire charges or anything. I did pay 250 for the planetarium but the normal ballrooms were included x
Have u looked at gretna green they do great packages and guest packages x
Try a restaurant to book out rather than a hotel/ wedding venue, it normally works out much cheaper xx
How about booking a village hall or a small tea room, depending on where you live?
Not sure where in Scotland you are or what type of wedding you have in your mind, but we looked at Comrie Croft. If you get family to cover all the accomadation on site, you get the venue for free! It's a big blank canvas barn conversion.
I didnt want to spend a fortune on a wedding either. So ive opted for a short church wedding (our vicar is so down to earth and is happy to have us married and out the door in half hour ) and then the local social club which has its own private hall with stage area ect. Small buffet with the market food van coming at around 7pm for hot food. For everything we have spent less than £1500 & we have 110 guests to the day & another 100 ontop for the evening. You can still have an extremely special day at a cheap price. It all depends on what you want aswel. We have been together 5 years and tbh see a wedding as just a name change for me, a big family get together & a piece of paper that tells us we are a partnership. So for us cheap and cheerful was a way forward xx
Get married in winter on a week day.
Get married on a weekday you'll save thousands, we got married 23rd august which was a Thursday, didn't make any difference guest wise we just sent invites out earlier so pple could book time off work. Good luck with everything xx
Why not get married in a register office then you have more money for a good reception after
Get married between October and end of March. Venues and other suppliers often offer discounts during this period as they tend to be quieter
Congratulations on you engagement after 10 years. Like us there is no rush lol. (We are getting married next year on our 25th anniversary)
We also live in Scotland in the north east.
We have booked a beautiful place called pittodrie house hotel. We are having 50 to the day and another 40 at night. Might change yet lol.
We will be just under £5000 for everything they have included so much too. Which keeps the price down. (Table plans,menus,place settings ) I am like an encyclopaedia on wedding planning now ☺️☺️
Get married abroad fraction of the cost x
What's wrong with gretna? We went for a look round, ended up being a witness for a couple and it was beautiful. X
Have a look at having a humanist ceremony, it allows you to have a ceremony wherever you want if you're up in Scotland.
Gretna Green had some good packages when we were looking - not all about eloping, some nice family ones too
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Look at going away can do honeymoon and wedding in one
Where in Scotland are you?? My wedding next year is £2018 at lynnhurst hotel. You find if you go with a weekday rather than weekend you will save thousands....
No, sadly not. My partner and I are getting married after almost 10 years and are having our wedding at home. I guess we could budget a bit more than we have, but, wow! We are spending lots!
Gretna green with your closet family and friends.
Try social or sports clubs, the one I'm going to you don't need to use their catering so try a restaurant you like see if they'll do catering.
My partner and I decided we definitely couldn't afford a hotel type wedding package. we have looked into a local athletic club venue. I think this will be the cheaper option but also nice because you could decorate it yourself the way you wanted. X