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  • Calling all Bridezillas!budget wedding tips

    Your wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life. In reality the lead up is extremely stressful and a big factor causing this stress is financing your big day. So I have put together a little list of tips and tricks to help keep your costs down. You’re welcome!

    1. Keep your guest list low. This day is about you and your significant other, not your mums best friends aunt Sylvia. Be ruthless. Having a smaller guest list opens up more choices of cheaper venues and keeps your wedding breakfast costs down. A wedding should be an intimate moment, dont feel bad about making some cuts!

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    2. Having your ceremony and wedding breakfast/ reception at the same venue can often cut costs as it avoids the need for extra transport for all your guests and yourselves. Try to search for a venue that caters for both and see what deals you can make with them

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    3. If you want your reception held at a different venue to where your ceremony is have a look at your local restaurants/ sports clubs and so on. They will often understand your budget and may be willing to cut some costs for you. They will be a lot cheaper to hire than the well known wedding venues usually. A lot of these places offer free hire if a certain amount of money is made behind the bar and usually a wedding party will far exceed this amount!
    4. Wedding cars can be expensive to hire, chances are someone you know either has or knows a person that knows a person that has a beautiful vintage car, ask about to see if there is someone local with one that would be willing to help you out. Can cut costs dramatically!

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    5. For bigger weddings consider a buffet instead of a wedding breakfast. The cost of a buffet is usually a lot less than a 3 course sit down meal. I’d take chicken nuggets and party sausages over a chicken breast covered in some weird sauce any day!

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    6. Try catering for yourself. Okay, hear me out, maybe not you personally, but friends and family can help with the food prep on the day and it will cost you a lot less to provide your own food at a venue that allows this. You could always hire a local caterer that may be cheaper than the venues standard caterer, again, if the venue allows this.
    7. If you are thinking of a summer wedding, outdoor venues can often be cheaper. Or if you know a family member/ friend with a large garden, why not call in some favours and see if you can hold the big day there.

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    8. Ask your venue if you can supply your own alcohol. A lot of places can be pricey! However some halls let you supply your own drinks therefore cutting costs dramatically. Just make sure your guests can handle the alcohol, we dont want Aunty Julie falling over in the bush outside and the grooms best mates stealing the Grooms head off of the personalised cake topper – Yes this did happen in real life!
    9. Serve a champagne cocktail to your guests on arrival rather than a full glass of champers. This spreads the bubbles out and reduces your costs.

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    10. Consider a week day wedding. Venues are often cheaper to hire in the week than on the weekends.
    11. Ask for help! Ask your family and friends for help. Everyone loves a wedding and chances are they will have itchy fingers. Go through your plans with them, explain your budget and you may be surprised. Your brothers wife may know a guy who caters locally, or your Nana may know someone with a vintage car. They will usually always be able to help you with a bargain!

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    12. In reality, you probably already have a salt and pepper shaker, a set of chine and a kettle. So when it comes to wedding gifts, why not ask your family and friends to help with the wedding instead. They could help you set up the room for the big day instead of hiring someone or they could get you your card box or guest book. It will help you cut costs and also keep you from receiving a load of gifts that you dont necessarily need.
    13. Get crafty! Make your own wedding favours, invites and table decorations. Recruit your family and friends again. If you plan this in advance, you can sort your decorations in the spare time you have leading up to the wedding. Me and mum spent many evenings with some glue, a printer, card and a paper strimmer making her wedding invites and it was actually a lot of fun.
    14. Check out sites like Pinterest for ideas on how to make your own invites, table decorations and favours, then Ebay away to purchase the bits you need or head to your local craft shop. Please be careful with the super glue though, I have definitely stuck my fingers together with that more than once!

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    15. Pop to IKEA and purchase some fake flowers and lanterns to create beautiful budget decorations. You can also pick up big bags of tea light candles cheap here and other bits and pieces to make your table decorations with.
    16. Consider using fake flowers for bridesmaids bouquets and button holes. They are less expensive and you can create them yourself to add that personal touch. You can then either re-use these as venue decorations after the ceremony, sell them on or give them to your bridesmaids as a keepsake. Keeps the bees away too. As funny as it would be to have a photo of your chief bridesmaid running away from a bee to blow up for her next birthday, it may cause an accident!

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    17. Purchase corsages for the bridesmaids rather than bouquets if wanting fresh flowers.
    18. Make your own seating plan and name cards. Again, Pinterest have lots of great ideas for DIY wedding makes. Making it yourself will reduce your costs and also allow you to make it personal. You can add names to your wedding favours and use them as seating cards instead of making both.
    19. Pick up a plain book or get crafty and make your own scrap book style for a guest book. You can decorate it how you like and personalise this yourself rather than paying high prices.
    20. Look at your local Facebook groups for people that create beautiful wedding makes, they will be less pricey than the high street and often will work closely with you to ensure they are perfect if you dont want to get crafty yourself.

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    21. If you want a floral cake, why not consider buying a plain tiered cake and adding fresh flowers to it instead. It will be less pricey than sugar flowers and will add a lovely touch to your cake. You should also look at local cake makers online or on Facebook as again they will have a lower price tag than the big companies.
    22. Borrow your wedding jewellery from a family member. This can double as your something old and something borrowed.
    23. Rent your tux from a high street retailer such as Moss or check with the grooms-men to see if they already have similar suits. If they do you can use them rather than get new suits and just pay for the ties to match your colour scheme.
    24. Renting tuxes as a group can often be cheaper as many stores offer discounts on group bookings.

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    25. Shop for your bridesmaids dresses in local department stores or online. There are so many online shops such as ASOS that do gorgeous formal dresses now and they are so much cheaper than the bridal shops! Your bridesmaids will usually get to use these again after the event as well so it makes a lovely gift for them. Flower girl dresses can also be picked up cheap in retail stores such as Debenhams.
    26. Shop the sales for your bridesmaids/ grooms-men/ flower girls/ page boys outfits and even your own bridal gown. Places like NEXT are brilliant for little ones outfits. Have a search through their sales to save you some pennies.
    27. Bridal shops have sales! Yes, a lot of them have sales, so search the sales for a bargain beautiful dress. It helps if you have an idea of what you would like first so make your appointments at the wedding shops, get the VIP treatments, try the dresses on and find your style. You can then shop around online and in sales to match that perfect dress.

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    28. Go to the salon instead of having them come to you, this can often be cheaper and chances are they will also greet you with some fizz and complimentary treatments for your big day! See if your local salon will do deals on group bookings as well in larger bridal parties.
    29. Check Facebook for local make up artists and hair stylists. There will often be newly qualified artists/ stylists looking to build up their clientele so will offer reduced rates. Just make sure you have a trial with them so you know exactly what you want and can relax on the big day knowing you are in capable hands.
    30. Go to your department stores with your bridal party and try to bag some samples. For my mums wedding we all got given some testers for a beautiful but seriously expensive foundation. That was our wedding make up sorted for free! You can usually get some perfume samples as well at your local department store which are perfect for the big day and can fit in your bag for a top up.

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    31. If you like the idea of a live band at your wedding, look at local groups pages and enquire at your local college/ university to see if there are any student bands etc that would like to perform at your wedding. These will be a lot cheaper than the pros.
    32. Make your own playlist for your wedding and borrow stereo equipment. A lot of venues have the equipment needed anyway, so you or your friends and family can put together your own playlist and play the music you want. Cuts the costs of a DJ and the stress of finding one that can cater to your taste.
    33. If a DJ is a must for you then look locally for one. Chances are your brother knows a friend that owns a set of decs and can build a playlist with you and will offer mates rates or discounts if you give them a bit of social media advertising!

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    34. Look out for amateur photographers or local photographers! They will be cheaper than the professional companies and they will often offer all your photos on a disk so you can keep them all and not have to make cuts when deciding on which ones to pay for! They will usually work closely with you as well to decide before the big day what type of photos you want and can research the best poses to your taste! This will save costs and give you more control over the type of pictures you want taken. Again you can try to reduce costs here by advertising for them and allowing them to use your images on their web pages to help them build up their clientele.
    35. Honeymoon? Use budget airlines to spend more on your accommodation and dont forget to ask for complimentary honeymoon upgrades! You could end up with all sorts of freebies.

    If all that sounds like too much effort, pay for a planner and go big! Spread the cost with a secured loan or just elope and have a private intimate ceremony for just the two of you.

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