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    • ChloeM258
      CommentAuthorChloeM258
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Jul 9th 2014
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    Me and my OH are on a very tight budget for our wedding. Does anyone have any ideas of ways to cut the costs? Things that are easy and cheap to do ourselves? We are loving the idea of using flowers or candles in Mason jars as center pieces for example.
    Thank you.
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    • WelshBrideBethan2015
      CommentAuthorWelshBrideBethan2015
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 9th 2014
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    DIY for decorations can help , depending on where your reception is check food options . Ask about with friends if they have any skills you can use or discounts they can help with . Check out pages for 2nd hand stuff for weddings such as on the book as most stuff has been only used for one wedding yet is half the cost if bought in shop :)

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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jul 9th 2014
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    There are charity bridal suites that have new or once new dresses for a fraction of the normal cost. Also consider doing a bring and share buffet instead of a wedding breakfast.

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    • MrsCross2be
      CommentAuthorMrsCross2be
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jul 9th 2014
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    Buying in advance and in sales - things like wedding shoes etc.
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    • barbie86
      CommentAuthorbarbie86
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jul 9th 2014
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    DIY where possible: stationery etc can really add up, as can flowers

    Get a venue that requires minimal decor: ours has gorgeous decor as it is so we need to do very little: we've gone for super-simple table centres, and will prob have a few tea-light candles in jam jars dotted about for the evening

    Have a later ceremony so that instead of having a sit-down meal and then a buffet later on, you can just have a substantial buffet/BBQ/similar

    Look at high street stores, sample sales, outlets and charity shops for your dress

    Don't have bridesmaids (saves on flowers as well as dresses) or ask them to wear something like a black dress that they own already to save money on bridesmaid dresses. You can do the same with the groomsmen eg provide matching ties but ask them to wear a suit they already own

    Scrap cars/transport unless you need it; if you do need it, look at luxury cab/transfer companies or black cabs which are much cheaper than wedding cars

    Limit your guest list: food and drink account for 40% of our budget, so fewer guests = less food and drink = less money

    If anyone you know is a good photographer/plays in a band/makes cakes see if they'll do you a favour/discount; just make sure you get a contract as with any other supplier as sometimes 'employing' friends doesn't go too smoothly

    HTH!
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    • ChloeM258
      CommentAuthorChloeM258
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Jul 9th 2014
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    Thank you so much for those tips. My OH is a head chef so has already got one of his chef friends to do the cooking for us. I didn't think about getting a contract with him though, will have to make sure we do that! I will defiantly use some of these tips. thanks for the help!
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Jul 9th 2014
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    Defo go for as much DIY as possible.

    The biggest win with cost cutting is to go off peak season so October to April and mid week Monday to Thursday as venues are far cheaper usually and you're more likely to then be able to negotiate deals with suppliers who are less likely to be in demand and will be grateful for the business. Venues are also more likely to have better packages with more included which all helps with the cost. For example the venue we had our reception at, if we had a mid week out of season wedding rather than our Saturday peak season wedding we'd have paid less per head plus would have had a DJ , venue dressing including chair covers and evening buffet thrown in.

    My sister had a mid week off season wedding and it cost half what ours did.

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    • Whovianbride
      CommentAuthorWhovianbride
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 9th 2014
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    secondly recommend midweek weddings, saved me a good 3/4g on venue and vendors.

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    • lala "mod" bunni
      CommentAuthorlala "mod" bunni
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Jul 10th 2014
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    My best tip is to take the time and read though threads on here there are masses and masses of amazing thing the members have done to save money .

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    • MillieT
      CommentAuthorMillieT
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jul 10th 2014
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    We are using alphabet and number stamps on table plan / name cards/ thank you cards and could be used for invitations or other stationary. A pack of stamps costs roughly £10 from places such as H0bby Craft and an ink pad about £2..... and lasts forever! its an easy and cheap way to make stationary look expensive a different. And you don't have to be very creative to use them xx
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    • WelshBrideBethan2015
      CommentAuthorWelshBrideBethan2015
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 11th 2014
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    I am slowly turning into a Pinterest addict and some of the stuff on there with tutorials are amazing especially when you see how much making it yourself is saving yourself money !

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