How To Budget For A Wedding

Guess what...

It's wedding season time! Now, people get married all 12 months of the year but the ''peak'' time in the wedding world is between May-August.


Many people often worry about the expense of a wedding and assume the word budget equals to pennies. They're wrong. A budget can be as tight or as extravagant as you want but its so important to have one. There are so many ''must have'' ideas when you're trolling the internet for ideas and scanning Pinterest.

My advice is to write a list of every single thing you want/need for your day, of course starting with the most vital and important and then working out the maximum you'd be willing or can afford to spend on each item. If you find things cheaper than originally planning then put that money in a pot and put it towards your honeymoon or use it to buy the things you couldn't quite justify before the budget.

So... You're now wondering how you can save money when planning a wedding? Here at my 10 top tips!

1. Decide on a venue. I opted for a hotel in the city center meaning it's easy for my guests to travel to and I don't need to provide transport. I'm also staying there the night before so no need to hire a wedding car to transport me. Also don't be afraid to ask for a discount. My sister in law got married 3 years ago and said to her venue ''If I pay a deposit today, what can you offer me for free?'' and she ended up getting 10 free places for the wedding meal. Don't be shy, the worse they can say is no.

2. Opt to hire a suit rather than buy one. Chances are the men already have a suit for other occasions and will never wear the wedding suit again so you can easy save money here and go for the option of hiring.

3. Cut down on bridesmaids. Do you really need 15 girls by your side? You can still invite friends to your wedding without giving them a status and you'll save a fortune as well as the stress of trying to keep so many women happy because we all know that's not an easy job!

4. Swap your honeymoon for a minimoon. A honeymoon doesn't have to be 2 weeks in the Bahamas, it can be a nice little getaway in the UK or even a short trip abroad. As long as you're there with your new husband/wife, I don't really think it matters where you go!

5. Reconsider the small things that mount up. Do you really need save the date cards or can you just let everyone know your chosen day by telling them or send your official invites a little earlier than planned. Do you really need lavish wedding favours? The majority of them get left on the tables and people never say ''Oh remember that wedding, the favours were amazing'' so don't be too hard on your self.

6. The latest craze is a sweet table. I've done a bit of research and found it much cheaper to DIY it and buy the jars online and then visit a wholesaler for the sweeties. The kids will be happy and I will save £££. Smiles all round.

7. The dress! Now I'm not saying scrimp on your dress, not at all! It's one of the most important bits of the day! But don't be shy. Shop around, ask for a discount, ask if there is an upcoming sale or visit a store like WED2BE who specialise is on the rack dresses, brand new and gorgeous! You can often save £1000 easily by doing this.

8. Gifts! I see people go way overboard buying gifts for the wedding party. Now don't get me wrong, I will be buying gifts for the people who play a special part in our day but it'll be a small token gist/thank you gesture to show our appreciation. Not a big lavish gift that costs more than a meal at the wedding! People don't expect much so don't go overboard. Be realistic.

9. Photographer.. one of the most important parts of your day and a big chunk out of your budget. My advice is to shop around. Look at people work who have just started out or only have a few years of experience because these are the people who will be offering discounts to build their portfolio and still offer an outstanding service. You could even contact a college and ask to borrow of their students and help them build a portfolio and gain experience.

10. The cake. If you have a guest list of 100 people then do you really need a 4 tier lavish wedding cake? Not at all. Size isn't everything and sometimes less is more.

I hope you found these 10 budget saving tips helpful, I have lots more but I found these have helped me out the most.

I'd love to know if you have any budgeting tips of your own.

42 comments

  1. Yep agreed to all points and personally used #2 and #9. Another thing you can do is to have a friend photograph your wedding. Although it's subjective to having a photographer friend. and You can barter off referrals, may be introducing them to your work place as professional photographer ( I did this one and got the wedding clicked for free, He got 6 new paying clients in exchange. )

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    1. Very good points! So many amazing photographs get ignored because they don't have a ton of experience. As long asthenosphere quality is there, I don't mind

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  2. I guess you have to pick & choose your areas and what is most important to you! I know personally I don't want to skimp on a photographer but you definitely have a point on the DIY sweets table!! Especially if you're having a cake as well.

    Best,
    Rebecca

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    1. I'd never recommend hiring someone who's work was of poor quality but there are so many amazing photographers who are more reasonable and just need that little push to build their portfolio

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  3. You have beautifully shown the tips required for wedding planning and seriously if Indian weddings (like my family) are considered penny is the most important thing. The wedding dress and the photographer plays crucial role in that especially...
    Nicely covered

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    1. Indian weddings are amazing! They go all out! The clothing is gorgeous!

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  4. Weddings can be such a costly affair so these are really useful tips for any bride to be to follow!

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    1. Thanks! They are a huge expense but hopefully worth everything in the end

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  5. I'm getting married this summer, and I'm so overwhelmed. This helped SOO much! Thank you!

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    1. Best of luck for your big day! I'm sure it will be more than worth it

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  6. You are elaborate and to the point. I know few of my friends buying a lot of stuff during wedding and not using them all their life :)..Good points to note!

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    1. We brides tend to impulse buy and get sucked into the wedding world way of the latest must haves and trends

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  7. Weddings are so darn expensive. These are great tips. I went with a second hand dress and saved a bundle!

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    1. Very good move! There are sooo many ways to save money. It's hard not to get sucked into the world but it's about prioritising

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  8. oh, I love the idea of a sweet table - I wish I had that for my wedding, but that was 25 years ago, lol. Maybe one day, when my daughter gets married? Blessings!

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    1. Maybe! I love sweet tables. I'm pretending it's for the children but I'll be first in line

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  9. I'm forever amazed by how expensive weddings truly are! I hear you on the budgeting piece. It's so darn hard to stick to when there are so many cute things out there. Believe me though .. if you stick to it .. your future self will be forever in your debt!

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    1. Thank you Alison. It's important to be organised otherwise you end up feeling bogged down. A budget is a great place to start

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  10. Great tips! It's so easy to get caught up in all of the wedding hype and forget that less is actually more. More of everything just adds more things to coordinate etc .. Good for you for keeping it all in perspective. You'll be so glad you did once it's over

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    1. Thank you! It took me a while to have a reality check and realise I didn't need to worry, I just needed to.m be more organised!

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  11. Weddings are so expensive now. Your tips are very handy! I'll keep the tips in mind and pass it along to friends. Thank you for a great post.

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    1. Thank you! They sure are. Hopefully worth the money but it's a lot of time, effort and planning

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  12. I think as long as you keep in mind that this is a celebration, budgeting is easier. Your family is there to celebrate you, not how expensive the place settings are.

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    1. So very true! It's so important to remember why we're doing this, who cares about the colour of the table cloth?

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  13. When I got married, it was my dad who acted as the wedding planner. I wanted to give some suggestions but he would not take it. I guess he wanted it to be perfect because I was the first daughter he gave away in marriage.

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    1. It's so nice that you had someone who was so involved! Although I'm not sure I'd trust anyone else haha

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  14. I love your tips! I used to be an assistant to a wedding planner a few years ago, and I was always so shocked at how expensive weddings could be and how easily you can change things around to fit your budget. I especially loved your tip about going on a minimoon instead of a giant honeymoon. Personally, I would rather go on several short trips, haha but that's just me.

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    1. Mention the word wedding and an extra 0 appears! It's ludicrous. Short trips are the way forward, so many beautiful places on our doorstep

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  15. All great tips. I myself eloped and did the vegas thing. It was wonderful and still is 17 years later ;)

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    1. That's a very good idea! Escape the stress of it all!

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  16. Planning a wedding can be crazy especially if you have no idea what you're doing. The first thing that I did when I was planning my wedding was to decide on a budget. This allows you to narrow your choices down to things that will fit your budget. It made the decision making so much easier for me.

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    1. Great advice. It's important to have a solid foundation to work from. A budget is the best place to start

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  17. Honestly, I can't remember how I planned my weddings. I think this is a lovely guide for brides, having an idea of what of wedding you want will help you so much.

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    1. So much goes into it. It can end up a bit of a blur!

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  18. Some fabulous pointers on here. Weddings can be super costl not jsut for the happy couple but guests too.

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    1. Very true, being a guest can cost a fortune too with outfits, gifts, travel and accommodation

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  19. These are absolutely some really useful tips to consider when planning a wedding. I believe everyone should consider these rather than emptying their banks.

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    1. Definitely, I love my husband to be but I can't see the point into getting into thousands of pounds of debt for one day

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  20. These are great tips, but I'm still not sure about going into the whole wedding and marriage ordeal. But If I ever change my mind, these tips will come in handy.

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    1. Never say never, I used to be so anti wedding but things can change so quickly

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  21. Wow weddings can be really expencive! Thank you for sharing that post with us! It can be really helpful!!!

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    1. They certainly can be! No problem, I'm glad you found it helpful too! Thank you.

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