These days, the average wedding in the UK is more than £30,000. While this number may seem astronomical, it is possible to reduce costs without ruining the integrity of this event. Here are some ideas that will help you save money while managing to plan a memorable ceremony.
Reduce Your Guest List
It may sound wonderful to invite everyone you know to your wedding, but this can be very costly if you know lots of people. There is nothing wrong with inviting your friends and family, but try to cut down on the number of unnecessary guests. Unless you are particularly close and cannot imagine getting married without them, co-workers, neighbours, old school chums and extended family you are barely in contact with can be kept off the list.
Set A Hard Budget
Some people walk in knowing how much they want to spend, then they allow themselves to get carried away. The best way to avoid this is to create a realistic budget and try your best to stick with it. Before signing on the dotted line for any expenses, make sure that they are necessary and justifiable. If the answer is not a solid “yes,” then you can live without it.
Consider A Low-Cost Venue
While you may have always imagined getting married in a huge chapel or a regal venue, you have to think about how much of the budget you are willing to invest in this. You do not want to be so focused on a certain venue that you end up in financial ruin after the nuptials. There are free venues, like parks and beaches, where you can get married without paying anything (you may need permits). Also, there are some libraries, museums, and restaurants that have event space you can reserve for a modest price.
Have An Alcohol Free Wedding
You would be amazed at the amount of money some people pay in order to provide alcoholic drinks to their wedding guests. While having a cash bar where people pay for their own drinks is an option, this can often be seen as classless and tacky. It is best to offer all guests non-alcoholic drinks since they are much more affordable. If you insist on having alcohol, you should provide each guest with a glass of champagne for a toast and nothing more.
Make Reservations Early
Waiting until the last minute to reserve hotel rooms, venues, caterers, tailors and others you need for your wedding can come back to bite you in the rear. The longer you wait, the more likely it is your top choices will be booked and you will be stuck paying for more expensive options.
You have probably set aside a lot of money to pay for your wedding, but there is a way to keep some of it in your pocket. Using these ideas will help you reduce the costs while still having a wedding you will love. The more of these you decide to implement, the more money you will save in the long run.