Everyone knows weddings are expensive, so you want to save money on your wedding where you can.
It’s not just the shocking venue and food costs but all the little extras: favours, jewellery for the bride and bridesmaids, gifts for family.
So how can you save money on your wedding, cut the cost and still have an incredible day?
My mum said that when she got married, favours weren’t a ‘thing’. Your guests didn’t receive any little gifts or presents.
I budgeted in £400 for these ‘little’ gifts. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought, what’s the point? I’ve spent thousands so everyone can have a wonderful three course meal, free drinks and a large evening buffet. I’ve paid for everyone’s entertainment like the flautist and the evening DJ.
Why do I have to fork out £400 to say Thank You for Coming when I’ve paid for their whole day?!
Even small favours, like chocolates, can cost around £1.20 upwards. For 80 guests, that’s £96. Just for two chocolates in a little box.
You might be calling me stingy, but every little bit you can save really helps over the whole day.
Will people sit down and exclaim angrily “Where’s my favour?” Probably not.
Money Saved: £100 minimum
When I sat down with my schedule for the day, I worked out that there is around 30 minutes where guests might be milling around doing nothing.
I’m not forking out £300 for a photo booth just to keep guests entertained for under an hour.
Any moments that may have been empty or boring I’ve filled with things, such as cutting the cake, tossing the bouquet outside, etc. Save money on your wedding by doing these free activities. They add interesting moments to the day and it’’s a chance to get all the guests together for a special moment.
I’ve still got a DJ for the evening, as obviously you do need some form of music/dancing. But I didn’t feel the need to have a DJ AND a caricaturist, or a band, or a magician, etc.
If you’re trying to save more money, rather than having a DJ, you could create a CD full of dance and chart music that plays all night over the venue’s speaker system.
You’ve just got married. You are the entertainment.
Money Saved: £300-400 for additional entertainment
DIY what you can
If you have the time, spend a little time DIYing some bits and pieces. I made my wedding invitations for a total of £88.
Most companies charge around £3 per invite. For 90 invites, that’s a total of £270. My invites cost £0.97 for printing, ribbon and a stick-on bows, and totalled £87.30.
Another way of DIYing your wedding is to save any empty jars. Finished a jar of coffee, or jar of pesto? Save these and buy some lace to wrap around them.
Jars filled with candles cost about £100 from a wedding venue dresser. Do it yourself for nearly nothing, and just buy the lace and candles
I managed to find 20 jars already wrapped in lace at a car boot sale for £3.
Money Saved: £270
Use cashback sites
I hark on about cashback sites to my family, but I don’t understand why people wouldn’t use them.
If I’m ever online shopping, I’ll search TopCashback to see if the shop or supplier is offering cashback. I earned £0.60 back on my wedding shoes, £2.40 on confetti and a huge £50 on our wedding rings. Save money on your wedding day by at least receiving some money back for what you’re buying.
Cashback is obviously more beneficial for big purchases. Some things like suits are too risky to buy online. But your wedding shoes, jewellery or even wedding decor from Not on the Highstreet could see you gaining back some of what you spent.
Money saved: £100
There are loads more ways you can save, but these have been the easiest for me without taking away from the day. It means we don’t have to feel guilty about overspending on the bridesmaids dresses, or going slightly over budget on the videographer.
These ways to save money on your wedding can all help. They’re all small amounts, but with these four things combined, you’ve saved £870!
Do you have any other tips that you would add to the list?