With the average cost of a wedding now exceeding A�16k it is increasingly difficult for couples to attain the wedding of their dreams at a reasonable price. Simply saying the word ‘marriage’ seems miraculously triple the cost of everything. Yet with a little imagination and careful budgeting it is possible to have a dream wedding without breaking the bank.
The biggest expense for most couples is the venue and catering. It is possible to save a huge amount on the venue by renting a village hall and decorating it inside. Table linen and chair covers can all be hired. Festoon the ceiling with fairy lights, cover the tables with tealights in lanterns or glass holders and make simple centrepieces with cheap but elegant vases and foliage. With a tasty buffet, plenty of drink and the right wedding entertainment your guests are sure to enjoy themselves.
If a DIY wedding venue is not your cup of tea then choosing a different day of the week to the popular Saturday can save money too. With plenty of notice in the form of a Save The Date card, most guests will be able to book time off work. Negotiating a late afternoon or evening ceremony with your venue, perhaps with black tie for a glamorous effect, means that you only need to feed your guests once and can save huge amounts on catering.
Dresses for the bride and her attendants are perhaps the next biggest expense if bought from big name designers at a wedding dress shop. Don’t forget to check their past season and sale rails for a bargain. Many department stores now offer their own ranges of off-the-peg wedding dresses at a fraction of the cost, and even less in a sale. These can be altered and embellished by a dress-maker or someone handy with a sewing machine. If you can’t find the dress of your dreams, working with a dress-maker can be a very affordable option. High street clothes shops are great sources for hunting out bridesmaid dresses and accessories.
Many wedding-related items can be made at home saving hundreds on the cost of paying someone else to do it. Wedding cakes can be bought from the high street at very reasonable prices and decorated at home with fake petals, cake crowns or sugarcraft decorations. The cake can also be served as pudding, with some reserved for evening guests, to alleviate catering costs. Favours are also easy to make at home or maybe break from this fairly recent tradition and do away with favours altogether. If wedding stationery is kept simple it is possible to make very elegant invites and thank you cards at home with the huge array of card-making accessories it is possible to buy on the high street. Flowers are cheaper if they are in season and tied in a looser bouquet with more foliage. Or why not try putting together your own bouquets and buttonholes?
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