Setting your wedding budget at the start of your engagement will ensure that you’re both on the same page about what’s important on the day and avoid any arguments down the line. According to this article from bridesmagazine.co.uk the average wedding costs just over £30,000. I don’t even want to spend £3k on my wedding. However, I’ve come to accept that some things cannot be done for cheap without scrimping on quality.
If you can save during one part of your wedding then you can spend during another. We were never interested in having the whole formal affair and having a budget actually suits us perfectly. Read below on how we’ve restructured our wedding to keep well below the national average wedding cost.
Unless you have money to spare, there’s nothing to be gained to having your venues separate. My finance and I decided a while ago to combine to two and save thousands. We’ve booked a 3 night stay for a 25-bedroomed home for £2,800 (inc VAT). We will be having the ceremony in the garden on one of the days and it’s perfect for the commercial wedding we both want.
We are choosing to self-cater for the 3-night weekend. Thankfully 2 members of our family are cooks so we are looking at a budget for the weekend of £1000 including breakfast, spreads, dinners and the wedding food. So far we are under budget and I don’t plan on over spending.
This is something I think cannot be saved on as we want quality. My theory is that this is the thing that lasts. We mentally put aside but ended up spending only £900 for everything we could want.
I have purchased some faux flowers that look stunning for less than £30. The best part is that I will be using these again as table decorations. If you do want real flowers then M+S do a range of bridal bouquets and bridesmaids bouquets for just £150 and they look gorgeous.
We’ve decided to buy plain cakes and have syrups, sprinkles, jelly beans and other fun things dotted around. Should cost us around £100 and be a lot of fun!
Spotify + speakers at the location = £0. Why pay for a corny DJ these days? Most summer weddings I’ve been too don’t even have people on that dance floor – they’re outside enjoying the sun.
I spent £600 on my dress which I was quite happy with. Mum paid for £500 of that costing me a total of £100.
Heels and myself do not match however I’ve purchased some white heels for £40. I didn’t want to pay more as part of me knows I’ll kick them off
All my invites will be via email and so it’s a grand total of £0. I also think it’s a lot less faff as you can have them RSVP directly into a spreadsheet with dietary requirements and names of plus ones.
My veil was very lovingly donated by my best friend and is perfect for my outfit too. Price = £0.
Very and Asos (to name just 2) have amazing bridesmaid dresses for under £50 so I’m looking to bring my dresses in under £100 for all. The groomsmen will be asked to wear just a plain black suit and we will give them waistcoats to wear. Total price £200.
Sorry Mum! £0
We will likely buy a new black suit so it can be used again for funerals, weddings, interviews and events. Estimated cost including tailoring: £200
I’ve written here before about why you should at least attempt to do your own bridal make up so that’s the route I’m going down. £0.
Don’t be afraid to buy second-hand. My ring is valued at a lot more than my fiancé paid and I couldn’t be prouder of him for getting a deal. I’ll do a post soon on how to get your ring cheaper.
We are looking to spend around £500. We know we can get this cheaper however we want to do this experience where you spend all day at a forge and create each others wedding rings.
No need for other jewellery – everyone has enough to wear to bring from home! £0.
We’ve not discussed honeymoon yet but I wouldn’t feel comfortable spending over £1000 on it – and that seems like a lot. Thankfully we will ask our friends and family to pay for things to do on our honeymoon as a wedding gift so that number should shrink!
We would love to spend that kind of money on our friends and family but I know they would prefer a sincere present of something that means a lot to them like gift cards to a spa day or something for their home. Our top budget for all our bridesmaids, groomsmen and parents are £500.
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