If you are recently engaged or are in the early stages of planning your wedding, it will come as no surprise when we say that weddings can be very costly. Yes, it will be one of the most special days of your life but, if you don’t keep an eye on your spending, it could result in an exceptionally hefty price tag.
The good news is that there are many things you can do to have a day that is just as special but on a far tighter budget. Here are 3 brilliant ways to keep your wedding costs to a minimum.
Keep guest number to a minimum
Every person that attends your wedding will add to the overall cost, so although you might have had plans for a huge wedding, limiting your numbers could save you a fortune. One way to do this is to only invite family and friends that you see regularly. If you haven’t seen your mom’s cousin for three decades, do they need an invite? If you have a group of close friends who are not in relationships, invite them but don’t extend that invitation to include a partner.
There’s no point in spending money to invite someone you have never met, and they are only inviting for the sake of it. Be aware that some people may be offended, but you can’t please everyone all of the time.
DIY wedding stationery
The cost of wedding stationery can mount up quickly. You can save quite a bit of cash by making these yourself. With a good printer and some creativity, you should be able to produce some lovely products. They may not look as good as shop bought or bespoke stationery produced by a professional, but it could save you a lot of money.
Another alternative is to design the stationery yourself and have a company print your save the dates, wedding invitations, and day of wedding items. That way you add a personal touch, but won’t compromise on the quality of the finished product.
Wedding dress hire
How many married people do you know who has a wedding dress collecting dust in their basement or don’t even know where it is? The answer is probably several. Yes, your dress is a fundamental part of your big day, but you have to ask yourself if shelling out thousands for something that will be worn once is a good decision. If you are not overly concerned about having a dress you can keep after the big day, consider hiring one instead. Not only will you have access to thousands of different styles, but the cost-saving could be huge. You may even be able to afford a more expensive dress, so it’s certainly worth looking into. An insurance premium may be payable to cover the dress being stained or damaged, but even with that included, it’s highly unlikely that the overall cost will be anywhere near as expensive as buying a dress outright.