How to Save Money on Your Wedding Day

Updated on March 17, 2018

Weddings Aren't Cheap

No matter what kind of wedding you might want, whether it's a massive and over-the-top affair or an understated, quiet event, weddings can be so expensive—in fact, the average wedding in the UK now costs a terrifying £27,161! And whilst I agree you shouldn't scrimp on your wedding day, you shouldn't pay over the odds either, and not everyone has got the money to be throwing around thousands of pounds on their wedding day.

Starting your married life in a massive amount of debt isn't a great idea, so saving money wherever you can just makes good financial sense.

The Outfits

Dresses

If there is a dress involved anywhere in your wedding, it has got the potential to be insanely expensive. The average cost of a wedding dress is now £832! For one dress that will never be worn again. Don't get me wrong, I get the sentiment, it's your only wedding dress, you deserve to be a princess, but a lot of that £832 could be spent on a fantastic honeymoon!

Getting a used wedding dress used to be the ultimate taboo thing for a bride to do, now more and more people are doing it because they simply haven't got almost £1000 to spend on a dress they will never wear again.Places like eBay have so many people selling their wedding dresses that are still in perfect condition, they are just about a quarter of the price of a brand new one.

Charity shops are another great place to find a bargain on your wedding dress, loads of wedding dress companies donate brand new dresses to them just because they are from last season. You can get a wedding dress from a charity shop starting at around £30.

Suits

People often hire suits for weddings because they think it's cheaper than buying, but that's not always the case. So many places do decent, cheap suits now and the bonus is, you get to keep them for another occasion. Plus you don't have to worry about anyone spilling anything on the suits because they are paid for.

Always compare prices on suits before deciding whether to buy or hire.

Someone left this lovely note after donating their wife's wedding dress to a charity shop.
Someone left this lovely note after donating their wife's wedding dress to a charity shop.

The Venue

Don't be afraid to ask for deals if you are spending a lot of money. For example, if you're hiring the venue and rooms in a hotel, they might be able to give you a discount if you book a few rooms. I got 25% off my total bill because we were spending a lot of money and I asked for a deal. If you don't ask you don't get, all they can do is say no.

This was the hotel where our reception was.
This was the hotel where our reception was.
This was the view from our room.
This was the view from our room.

Hair, Nails, and Makeup

If anyone in your party is having this done, then you need to shop around because as soon as beauticians or hairdressers hear the word "wedding", the prices go up.

Alternatively, you can do your own hair nails and makeup for the wedding, or ask someone you know who is good at it. Just be sure to nail the look before the day—you don't want your wedding day to be the first day you try it! I changed my mind about the look I had practiced on my wedding day and the new look I tried was a mess—get it perfect before the day.

The Guests

This is a controversial one but think of it in terms of, you have to buy these people a very expensive dinner and possibly a room in a hotel. So be as brutal as you need to be and don't invite people you barely know in order to show off, all this will do is cost you a fortune!

Stationery

Getting stationery done for you is going to be expensive. If you're halfway decent with a computer then you will be able to do them yourself for much less. You will also get exactly what you wanted, rather than someone else's interpretation of what you want. Get your supplies from a craft shop, NOT a wedding supplier—the craft shop can be up to 80% cheaper than the wedding supplier.

Flowers / Balloons

Flowers

I will always stick with the motto of "you don't ask, you don't get" so ask for a discount or a deal at the florist. Or if you know someone who is good with flowers, ask them to do the flowers for you, they can call it your wedding present.

Balloons

I used to work for a balloon company, so I know for a fact that the word "wedding" added at least 40% to the bill, which I always thought was pretty shady. When you order the balloons, say they are for a party, not a wedding and collect them if you can, to avoid having to pay for someone to deliver and set up.

Cakes

With so many videos and tutorials online, making your own fancy cake has never been easier, but if you don't have confidence in your skills, ask the wedding cake baker to make you a simple, understated cake and shop around for the best price.

Shops have started to do their own basic, plain cakes that can be decorated for any kind of event, you might want to consider one of these to help keep costs down.

Or, if you know someone who is good at baking and decorating, ask them to make your wedding cake, it can be their present to you.

We saved money and still went in a brand new car
We saved money and still went in a brand new car

Transport

I always dreamed of going to my wedding in a vintage car, but then I saw how much a vintage car cost and that dream soon went away. I loved it and it was beautiful, but I was not willing to pay £475 for one day's worth of car!

If you know someone with a nice car, decorate it with ribbons and ask them to take you. If nobody you know has a nice car, nothing is wrong with the classic limo, they are elegant and a lot cheaper than a vintage car.

You can find some cheap holidays online
You can find some cheap holidays online

Honeymoon

Things are different now, most people live together before they get married, so people have most stuff they need for their house. So it's really common to see people asking for a donation to their honeymoon if people wish to make one, always make it clear that nobody has to donate.

You Can Save Money on Your Wedding

No matter what you are buying for your wedding, if you shop around and get the best deal you can save a lot of money. This will mean you won't have to start married life with a massive bill hanging over your head.

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        Claire Raymond 3 weeks ago from UK

        Thanks for the comment Darlamiller

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        Darlamiller 3 weeks ago

        You can decorate the church and the reception area. Make your own wedding arrangements. We made the cake and mints. You can print your own invitations.

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