At Venus Bridal, we think that your wedding should be the happiest day of your life. Months of hard work and preparation pays off with a magical occasion for everyone to celebrate at the end of it all. And believe us, it’s totally worth it!
You may have heard that average wedding prices in the UK have skyrocketed in recent years. In fact, according to Cosmopolitan, this figure now stands at a staggering £38,666. But don’t worry, we’ve got things covered…
Not all weddings need to cost this much. If you’re tying the knot on a budget, there are several easy ways to cut down the cost of your special day without compromising on quality. Why not have a look at our top tips?
Train yourself up on wedding planning
There are an abundance of free online wedding planning courses and webinars that don’t take long to complete. If you’re stuck for time and money, but still want to sharpen up your skills, this could be your perfect solution. Alternatively, you could drop by any local wedding fayres in your area and ask experts for their personal wedding advice. Of course, if you feel like this isn’t enough then you could always sign up for a 12-week Wedding Planning Academy course – these start from £495.
Create your own wedding invitations
When planning your wedding, the little things really do add up. There are plenty of easy ways to cut down on smaller costs, such as your wedding invitations. Have you considered getting arty with your fiancé and simply creating your own invitations? Another alternative to this could be sending your invitations online. This way, all it takes is a single click for guests to RSVP and you can use online tracking features to keep an eye on who has clicked on your invitation.
Create your own wedding playlist using Spotify
Wedding DJs or live bands can be another significant wedding cost. Have you considered scrapping them altogether and simply using Spotify? Prepare your playlist in advance and your guests could be dancing all night! If you don’t have the time to create your own playlist, there are playlists for you to choose from, specifically for weddings, already on Spotify. Another useful tip is to ask your guests to request a song to add to your playlist when they RSVP…
Skip the formal dinner and bring in food trucks
Food is the second highest expense in most weddings, setting you back an average of about £50 per guest. Do you really need a traditional wedding breakfast? A cheaper, and sometimes more enjoyable option, can be to hire street food trucks – how about a fish & chips truck followed by a crème brûlée truck? This way you won’t have to pay for waiting services or for the venue’s set menu, but you will need to check this with your venue first. It’s also a pretty unique way to engage guests, and can be a fun talking point for after the wedding.
Get the bridal party round to make your own decorations
Have you considered designing your own wedding decorations? One of our favourite tips is to get the bridal party round and make your decorations together, over some drinks and nibbles. Why not get your friends involved with other tasks too? Do you know someone who can make a great cake, or someone who used to work in a bridal boutique? Making the most of these skills can significantly cut down wedding costs, and can be a great way to get people involved in the special occasion!
At the end of the day, all it takes is some creativity and personalisation. Whilst you might not like the idea of scrapping the traditional wedding breakfast, creating a wedding playlist on Spotify could work like magic. It can help to write down the areas which you’re willing to compromise on, and then use this list as a guideline for finding cheaper alternatives.