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How To Save Money For Your Wedding

Making savings in your budget

There are many ways that you can cut down spending for your wedding. Most of them are ways to cut down on your total budget spend, but there are also ways to cut back on non-essential spending (not associated with your wedding) in order to save more for your total budget. There are many articles online and in magazines that will give you guidance for this, but I found so many in my research, it made my head spin. No one wants to spend hours poring over article after article on the same topic. I decided to condense all the information I found into one place!

Ways to cut back on non-essential spending

Knowing you need to amass a good budget for your wedding, there are ways to make sure you can save throughout your engagement.

  • Take your time – have an extended engagement. Most couples may not want to do this but the longer the engagement, the longer you have to save for your dream day.
  • Ask your friends and family to help. Don’t assume I just mean financially. They can help in several different ways. Yes, you can ask for financial help, but you could always ask for a cake baker to make your cake as a wedding present, or someone with a fancy car to transport you to the wedding.
  • Set up a separate account for your wedding funds and create a standing order to transfer each month. That way, you won’t be spending any extra money you wish to keep aside for your wedding.
  • Cut out any unnecessary expenses. For example, your morning coffee on your way to work.

£2.70 /day = £985.80 /year

 That’s a huge amount to save over the space of a year and could cover one of your smaller suppliers       easily.

  • Skip the holiday in the build up to your wedding. Yes, it would be nice to get away from the stress of planning but if you are having a honeymoon, you will do that after the wedding. You can choose to keep the money you would have spent on a holiday as spending money for your honeymoon or spend it on something you really want in your wedding.
  • Do some meal preparation for the days running up to your wedding. It is easy to get carried away and eat out for lunch or order takeaways for those days running up to your wedding when you are extremely busy. If you have meals pre-prepared in the freezer, imagine how much money you could save.


Ways to save on your wedding

  • Mid-week weddings and off-season dates are cheaper to book. Choose to avoid Fri-Sun weddings and Mar-Oct and December weddings.

Venues & Guests

  • Pick a venue that reflects your style – you can avoid décor costs if the venue is already to your taste.
  • Do you really need a champagne toast? You could always incorporate this into your wedding breakfast if you are having one. Or choose a simple wine to toast with.
  • Cut down your guest list. The larger the list, the higher your cost. You could opt for a get together after the wedding instead.
  • Keep your bridal party small. You don’t need too many people involved and if you really want them at your wedding they will be there. They don’t necessarily have to be a part of your bridal party.


  • Choose to print your own wedding stationary. It’s cheaper and easier, or, you could opt to design your own and use a local printer to print them.
  • Ditch the RSVPs. Most people reply via email or phone anyway these days.
  • You could opt to go email for the entire invite.
  • Instead of having individual dinner menus on tables, choose to have one large menu printed and placed next to your seating plan at the entrance to your wedding breakfast.
  • Instead of ceremony programs on chairs, have one large one printed and positioned near an entrance for people to glance at on their way in.


  • If you have to decorate your venue(s), think of your decorations as an investment. Could you keep them at home afterwards? If not, see if hiring things are cheaper. Better yet, ask your friends and family to see if they have anything you can borrow to help decorate (i.e fairy lights, vases etc…)
  • Reuse and recycle. It could be cheaper to pay transfer costs to get your decorations to your next venue (if separate).
  • Ask your florist about décor. They may have some you can hire.


  • Pick in season flowers. They are a cheaper option. Stick to one type of flower too. Any more than one type and you could end up doubling your cost.
  • A great budget flower is baby’s breath. Previously used as a filler in bouquets, it has become more popular as a bouquet of its own.
  • DIY flowers. You could always pop to the supermarket or market to buy your own flowers and create your own bouquets.
  • Only choose one area to DIY. Any more and you could end up creating more hassle for yourself.


  • If you are choosing to have a sit-down meal, opt for seasonal food.
  • You could always choose not to have a wedding breakfast. Depending on the time of year you are having your wedding, be different. Have a buffet, BBQ or even opt for a picnic.


  • Do you need a two or more-tiered cake? A cheaper option would be to have a fake foam layer.
  • Instead of having one fake layer, you could have an entirely fake cake and cut a simple, plain white cake for guests. No one will know the difference (apart from you!)


  • Provide your own music for your reception. Create a playlist and play it over the speakers from your iPod or Spotify.
  • Instead of hiring a photobooth, create your own. Buy props and masks from party supply stores and invite your guests to take their own photos. Using an Instagram hashtag, apps or websites, you can collect all the photos taken.


  • Find amazing bridal and bridesmaid dresses at sample sales, where you could save up to 70% off designer dresses.
  • Buy your dresses from high street shops. They offer cheap but beautiful alternatives to designer dresses.
  • Accessorize with family heirlooms instead of buying new jewellery.
  • Hire your suits or buy them from high street shops such as Topman or Next. Again, cheaper than buying designer.
  • Limiting the numbers of your bridal party means less of a cost for dresses and suits.
  • Opt for bridesmaid dresses that can be worn again.


  • Don’t get carried away with the extras. Only you will notice them.
  • Ditch the traditional wedding favours. Who eats the sugared almonds anyway? Most favours are left unopened and unused after the wedding.
  • Buy any last-minute items in advance (make-up, gifts, lingerie) rather than having a build up cost towards the end.
  • Do you really need the ring boxes? Yes, they are lovely in the photos but an unnecessary cost.
  • Instead of having bathroom baskets, pop a few extras into your matron/maid of honours emergency kit. She will more than likely be a go-to for those types of issues.
  • Choose a day after outfit from your wardrobe instead of buying a new one.
  • Kiddie accessories – instead of providing lots of entertainment for the children attending your wedding, provide colouring books, crayons or even balloons. Children can create their own fun and something as simple as a colouring book will keep them quiet at the table.
  • Don’t think you have to buy gifts for your bridal party. They are there to celebrate with you not because you will get them a gift for their participation.
  • It is always nice to get the mothers some flowers to show your appreciation. You don’t have to give them on the day of your wedding. Order some flowers to be delivered to their houses after your wedding and they may welcome them more without having to worry how to get them home!


  • Have a mini-moon. Instead of going the whole hog for your honeymoon, have an intimate weekend away and then, when your finances are back to full force, celebrate in style.
  • Honeymoon at home. It’s is cheaper to holiday in the UK than to travel abroad and you can find some incredible places to visit.

As you can see, there are lots of ways to save money for your wedding or on your wedding. You do not have to embrace all the options but, by incorporating a few of these could save you enough money to spend on a more important aspect of your wedding.

If you have anything you wish to add or change to the list, please, again, feel free to get in touch!


Next step: How to choose the right venue for you. Or see previous posts on budget or ceremony.