Most brides dream of their wedding day with their beautiful dress, adorable bridesmaids, gorgeous venue and mouth-watering food. Most of these dreams don’t come with a budget included and when the reality comes along, the cost of a wedding can mean limiting your dreams somewhat. But there are some tips to help make the most of the money you have to spend on your wedding to fulfil your dream without breaking the bank.
When you say yes to that engagement ring and the two of you decide on a date, the mind starts turning to both the big things like the venue and the wedding clothes but also the little things. These days, gorgeous-looking diamond engagement rings are just the start of the spending on your big day. There will be plenty of other little things you will need to buy before you’re married and, just like engagement rings, these little things can cost a pretty penny, so a level-headed approach to them is essential.
Wedding favours is one such example. The tradition of giving guests a small present to share the good luck of your marriage dates back hundreds of years. In recent years, all sorts of fun and funky ideas have emerged to replace the traditional sugared almond for a favour. And while coordinating with your wedding theme is great, be wary of how much money you spend on them. Guests will thank you for a small sweet or a lottery ticket, something small and fun but don’t get too involved in the moment and end up ending £10-20 per guest on a novelty item that they will never use again after the day.
Bridesmaids and groomsmen are an essential part of the wedding but be stern with yourself about how many you really need. Every bridesmaid is a dress, accessories, presents and other expense and while this isn’t the reason for not including someone, try to be practical about the number of people included in the essential wedding party.
There are many fun items to get for your wedding day but sometimes you need to regard them with a harsh eye. Buying a present for your groomsman and bridesmaids is a long-standing tradition and a great way to show your appreciation. But go for something useful or that you know they will like rather than a ‘jokey’ present that might get a laugh for 5 minutes, but will then never see the light of day after the wedding.
Even buying items for yourself, it is easy to get involved in the idea of having ‘bride’ or ‘groom’ emblazoned on everything but are you ever going to wear it again after your wedding day? For the bride, beautiful underwear is a must-have but also think about what you will wear again in the future or it is money wasted.
Wedding cakes are great fun, beautiful and varied but can also be very expensive. One of the best ways to have the cake you want while keeping within your budget is to buy a cake that has the right number of portions for your guests. So if you are inviting 50 people to the wedding, get a cake that offers 60 portions so everyone gets one and there are a few left over – don’t fall into the trap of buying a 100 portion cake and seeing almost a half go to waste.
These might all seem like little things, but combined, they can help you have a great day, without breaking the bank.