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If you’re looking to save money on your wedding it can be easy to spend hours looking for deals, bargains and saving pennies here and there. And while that is commendable, especially if you’re on a very tight budget, it can also help to look at the bigger picture and find the places where the savings will be the biggest without having to make huge sacrifices on the things that matter to you.
Limit the Bridemaids
There seems to be a huge trend lately for brides having ten, twelve or even more bridesmaids. While lots of us have loads of both friends and family who we want to include in our weddings, it can end up as a very costly exercise.
Even if those involved are happy to pay for or contribute to their own outfits there is still the cost of gifts to consider.
You could ask people to have smaller roles in your wedding such as reading a poem or prayer, helping to seat guests or helping with some of the organization of flowers and decorations.
Fake Your Flowers
Until you decided to get married, you might have no idea just how expensive wedding flowers can be and I think grooms, in particular, can find this one hard to swallow.
Don’t get me wrong, the price is often justified with the time and effort the arrangements take the florist, but if it’s taking up a much bigger chunk of your budget than expected then there are other options you can look at.
For my own wedding, I chose a combination of both real and fake flowers. My bouquet and my bridesmaids were made from fake flowers because I have severe hayfever and didn’t want to risk a sneezing attack right before I walked down the aisle!
There are lots of benefits to choosing fake flowers for your wedding:
- No drooping or dropping petals in the heat or from being held.
- Can choose flowers that might have otherwise been out of season.
- Makes a wonderful keepsake of your day.
- Budget friendly.
- Can be made well in advance of your wedding so you’ll know exactly what they look like.
Keep Plus Ones To a Minimum
So this one might be controversial – but not everyone needs a plus one to your wedding. Especially if they are currrently single and will already know the majority of the other guests.
Of course, married couples should always both be invited but at our wedding, we had the rule if we hadn’t met their partner they weren’t invited.
While this does sound mean, so we also made some exceptions – for example, one of our groomsmen started dating someone between the invites being sent and our wedding date – we spent lots of time with her and extended an invite as we’d got to know her so well.
Skip The Saturday Wedding
Saturday is the most popular day to get married and therefore usually the most expensive. Weekday weddings do tend to be significantly cheaper but can cause problems with friends and family getting time off work, especially if they need to travel or stay over.
Choosing a Sunday that falls before a Bank Holiday Monday is one of the best ways to get around this.
Adult Only Occasion
Again, slightly controversial but if there are a lot of children in your extended family you may want to consider making your day an adult-only occasion.
It’s surprising how many people assume their children are invited to a wedding even if the invite doesn’t explicitly state their names.
If you do decide to go with this, make sure it’s clear on the invites. Many parents will love the idea of a child-free day and night of fun, however, childcare could be an issue for others so do bear that in mind. Another option if go for family children only such as children and nieces and nephews of the bride and groom.