Budget Saving Wedding Tips

Photo credit: Cake Girl by Hyeyoung Kim
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Trying to find ways to cut the cost of your wedding? It’s no secret that one of the easiest ways to cut the cost of your wedding day is to make cuts within your guest list. However, there are so many different aspects of your wedding that you and your fiancé may be able to DIY, which will save you both money and still make your day exceptional.

Make your own Wedding favours.

Wedding favours can be absolutely anything and are used as a way to say thank you to your guests for being there with you to celebrate one of the biggest days of you and your partners lives.

A great way to save money on wedding favours is to make them yourself, or enlist some help from a friend or family member.

When my sister got married last year my mother placed candles into jars, which resembled vintage jam jars once finished. These favours looked absolutely brilliant and saved my mother and sister a lot of time, as they were so simple to make.

Use your friends as vendors

You may be surprised to hear that some of your wedding guests may be able to help out with certain aspects of your wedding.  Perhaps one of your guest’s partners is a great chef and would be more than happy to cater the event at a reasonable price? Maybe one of your bridal party also recently got married and would be more than happy to let you borrow her veil?

Even if you doubt that any of your guests would be able to help out it is still worth asking around, especially if you have any recently married guests as they may know of some vendors that are excellent value for money.

Stock your own drink

Unfortunately this one will depend entirely on your venue but you may be able to provide some of the drinks for your guests, as opposed to having an open bar.

For instance my sisters venue allowed her to provide enough bucks fizz, wine and soft drinks for her guests. She also had a cash bar, for guests who preferred to drink something else that wasn’t on offer.

Another way to save money could be to provide only one drink option, or to go for a dry bar that only offers non alcoholic drinks. It is all down to the personal preference of you and your fiancé.

Forget the cake – hold a bake off

Do you have any wedding guests that are nifty in the kitchen or fancy a challenge? If so instead of having one wedding cake, why not ask your guests to bring a cake or dessert and have a dessert table as an alternative? You will find that not every guest will eat wedding cake, but may try a different dessert on offer instead.