5 Tips to Save Thousands on Your Wedding Day Without Sacrificing Perfection


If you’re looking for ways to cut costs on your wedding day, you’re not alone. Weddings in the UK have an average price tag of almost £21,000, making it difficult for many couples to afford the day of their dreams. But don’t worry, there are ways to save money without sacrificing quality. From DIY stationery and second-hand decorations to cutting back on the complexity of your wedding cake and offering wine or a drinks station instead of an open bar, there are plenty of options to consider. Just remember to research and shop around for the best deals and to prioritize what matters most to you and your partner. With these tips, you could save thousands and still have a wedding day you’ll cherish forever.

  1. Don’t be shy, DIY. Many of the stationery elements of your wedding can be made by yourselves, especially if you have a creative eye. From ceremony programs to seating plans, tackling this job yourself can save you between £600-£800.
  2. Get thrifty. Check out websites and marketplaces for second-hand reception decorations and other elements for your wedding day. From flowers to outfits, buying second-hand can save you thousands and is much more environmentally friendly too.
  3. Cut the cake. Wedding cakes from luxury bakers can cost up to £1000. Consider opting for cupcakes or donuts instead. If you’re set on a traditional wedding cake, find a great bakery and communicate your expectations and budget. Try out several different cake makers to discover the one that suits you the most.
  4. Ditch the free booze. An open bar can cost more than £2000. Offer wine on your tables with your meal or set up a prosecco station or a make your own cocktails area. Check with your venue for a corkage charge and add it to your wedding budget.
  5. Get rid of the wedding favours. Wedding favours are an outdated tradition and can add up quickly. If you do decide to offer them, consider DIY or cost-friendly gifts such as seed packets, individually wrapped chocolates, miniature candles or lottery scratch cards. Alternatively, ditch this tradition altogether and allocate your budget elsewhere.

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