How to Plan Your Wedding on a Budget
Your wedding does not have to cost an arm and a leg; in fact, if you are willing to budget, plan, and be a bit ingenious, cost does not have to be the factor that keeps you from having your dream day.
Let’s get something off the way first: “A budget wedding” does not necessarily mean a cheap wedding. Budgets vary depending on one’s income power and beliefs towards finances; what you may consider cheap may be expensive for someone else.
What does this mean for you?
Define what budget-friendly means
Firstly, it means that to have a memorable and budget-friendly wedding, the paramount thing you have to do is determine what that means to you. What kind of wedding do you want and what are the various costs attached to making this dream, yet budget-friendly wedding a reality?
Don’t skim here: be explicit about every aspect of your wedding and more importantly, write down the various elements that will make your wedding a dream come true.
At heart, budgeting for a wedding is about looking at what you want (your dream wedding) and comparing that list of wedding elements to what you can afford or the amount you would like to spend on the wedding. Seeing what you want juxtaposed against what you can afford makes it easier to make better, wedding-finances decisions that lead to massive cost savings.
Think about the date
Depending on the kind of wedding you want – garden or picnic, beach, destination wedding, etc. – thinking about when you “have the wedding” can lead to massive cost savings.
In the UK, summer weddings are costlier – especially in terms of location costs – because weddings and warm weather are like ice cream and sprinkles: they go well together! Any time is a good time for a wedding! Adopt this mindset and how you approach budgeting for the wedding will change significantly.
For the best cost savings – again, especially in terms of location costs – opt to have your wedding in “low wedding seasons,” which in this case means winter. It’s not too far-fetched to imagine that wedding locations that cost £1000 during summer/high wedding season could potentially cost 50% less during winter/low wedding season.
Ingenious wedding tip for location: If your dream wedding location costs more during summer – say £2500 – and less during the winter (say minus 50%, which equals £1250) book the location for the low season so that you can create your dream, themed wedding. This tip alone has the potential to save you thousands of pounds.
‘Steal’ your wedding dress
Wearing a ‘fancy’ wedding dress is every woman’s dream for good reason: the dress forms a great foundation for the fond memories you have of your dream wedding.
According to Marie Claire, the average cost of a wedding dress is £1,385. There are tons of ways to save on this especially if you are working on a tight budget. For example, you can ‘steal’ your dream wedding gown. No, we don’t mean you should loot a charity shop. Stealing your wedding dress here means looking for ways to get your wedding dress at perhaps half or less than half the average cost – “my wedding dress was a real steal.”
You can “steal your wedding dress” by looking for wedding dress bargains offline and online on platforms such as Depop, eBay, Gumtree, Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Facebook groups/marketplaces, and online stores. Borrowing or renting a wedding dress is an especially fantastic idea that has huge savings potential.
Tip: To save more on your dress, be on the lookout for clearance sales at thrift stores and bridal shops!
With a clear idea of what your dream wedding looks and feels like, and having in mind – and preferably on paper – the various elements that create your dream wedding, budgeting for it will be super-easy especially because once you have an idea of what you want, what you don’t want will automatically become clearer and lead to saved cost…