#moneyhangout: how to save money on your wedding
With the average spend being over £20,000 on a UK Wedding, I can image you’re feeling super keen to know how to slash a few costs off your big day spend – and all without compromising on quality to of course!
In this post I share with you a few of my common sense wedding saving tips and also a few insider tips from people in the know. Yes, I have some brilliant tips from people who work day in day out within the wedding industry – so they really, really know their stuff.
When it comes to money, the cost of getting married and the financial implications of actually being married, its not something we give too much thought to is it?
So after my favourite money saving tips I also want to let you know about a social media campaign that’s raising awareness on all things money related – it’s called #MoneyHangout and it’s going to be super educational and informative – in fact, if you have any financial worries or concerns that you’d like answering, it’s not to be missed!
But first, those tips…
Save money on your wedding venue
Marry on a non peak day like a Thursday or even a Wednesday
Marry out of wedding season
Cut down on your wedding guest list
Marry and party under one roof
Save money on your wedding flowers
Move the flowers from your wedding ceremony to the reception area
Order only flowers that are local and in season
Buy wholesale from a flower farm or market and arrange yourself
Save money on you wedding cake
Buy wheels of cheese and arrange them into the shape of a cake before topping with fruit and flowers
Serve your wedding cake as a dessert
Save money on your wedding photography
Only have a photographer for part of the day
Seek out up and coming photographers through social media – their prices will initially be cheaper
Ask for your images on a cd and print copies yourself or at a later date
Save money on your wedding dress
Look out for sample sales
Purchase a preloved wedding dress
Buy off the peg rather than bespoke
So those were just a few of my common sense money saving tips and here are the experts tips…
Wedding saving tips form the experts
This tip comes from wedding photographer Eva Photography, she says…
‘Put a wedding album from your photographer on your wedding list and you can order it after the wedding’
Lorna Michelle from the Vintage Sisters says…
‘Consider hiring props or a venue dresser with their own props as this often works out cheaper than buying your own – and it will look stunning!’
Aimee from Elva and June says…
‘If you want to make your own invites why not opt for some personalised smaller elements like hearts or address labels with your initials and wedding date. They’ll add a professional touch to your stationery but cost you less than a professional suite’.
Christine from We Smile Photography says…
‘Instead of giving wedding favours, give a large favour for each table! This usually gets your guests talking as it helps break the ice’.
Hair and make-up artist Amy Prifti from Bridal Makeup by Amy says…
‘Always enquire about discounts for your entire wedding party to have hair and make up done. If I’m booked to do the bride,3 bridesmaids and the mother of the bride – I am always open to a bit of negotiation’
Marie Clarke from Wedding For You by Marie says…
‘Don’t start buying table decorations as soon as the ring is on the finger! Your ideas are likely to change as you move through the planning process. Buying early can mean a heap of unused items that will eat your budget’.
Wedding Celebrant Katie Keen from True Blue Ceremonies says…
‘Book a “quickie” marriage at a Register Office with a couple of friends as witnesses, then have a personal Wedding Ceremony with a Celebrant held at your home, or anywhere – no civil wedding licence needed! This opens up all sorts of fabulous possibilities for ‘non-wedding’ venues and will make your budget stretch far further’.
I’m loving the last tip from Gemma – so creative and fun. Do you have any tips you’d like to add?
So tomorrow (18th August) at 1pm I’ll be hanging out with a few financial gun’s in the form of a live google hangout.
Legal & General are hosting #MoneyHangout with financial experts and You & Your Wedding Magazine. They’ll be there to ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS and I will be on the front row to ask for you!! In fact you could even join the hangout if you fancy it…
Here are a few examples of the types of questions you might ask…
What are the pros and cons of wedding loans?
What hidden costs should I be aware of when it comes to planning for my wedding?
What are the pros and cons of a prenuptial agreement and how do I arrange one?
What taxes do married couples have to pay?
So please my lovelies, don’t be shy! If you have any financial questions you need answering… fire away in the comments section below and I’ll do my best to get them answered for you.
Want to join the hangout? Email asap on firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget to watch the live stream on Tuesday, 18th August at 1pm…
Here’s the #moneyhangout