Like most women, you’ve probably been planning your wedding since you were a little girl: the big white dress, the three tiered cake, and of course, the handsome groom. But what you probably haven’t been planning for is how much it’s going to cost. Weddings can be expensive, especially if you want a big celebrity style occasion. Victoria and David Beckham spent an estimated £800,000 on their nuptials: This is unachievable unless you’re marrying a Premiership footballer! But that doesn’t mean you can’t have the celeb style wedding of your dreams:
Avoid the Weekend
If you want your dream wedding in your dream venue (be it a castle, hall, or stately home) but can’t afford its celebrity price tag, why not consider getting married during the week? Most venues will offer you a discount of at least 10% for a weekday wedding, and if you opt to marry Monday-Thursday some venues will even offer whopping discounts of up to 25%. The perfect way to get a celebrity style venue without the price tag!
Ask your friends for help
When Donald Trump got married back in 2005, he spent £250,000 on flowers. Imagine how much money he could have saved if the Chief Bridesmaid's mum was a florist! Utilise the skills of those around you, and ask them to provide their services as a wedding gift. If you have a friend who always takes great photos ask them to do your photography. And if your Grandma is an amazing baker, ask her to make your wedding cake. That way, you’ll get exactly what you wanted, without the big expense.
Christina Aguilera spent a fortune decorating her winter-themed wedding tent with white roses, silver drapery, and dangling crystals. This is a great wedding theme, but if you get creative you can recreate this with almost no expense. For a winter wedding pick up dangling crystals and other Christmas tree decorations in the January sales for pennies. Silver drapery can be hand sewn using an old sheet or table cloth and a little imagination. For a summer wedding show some creative spark by making homemade bunting and table centrepieces for a vintage wedding theme.
Sourcing products and vendors locally can often save you a fortune, especially if you book early. Locally sourced food is much cheaper than imported produce, and it’s also a very trendy and environmentally friendly option too. And if you fancy turning your wedding into a festival, like Russell Brand and Katie Perry, turn to local bands. Smaller bands looking for a break will often pay for a minimal fee or even free, because they’re looking for exposure and practice.
Decide what’s important
Decide what elements of your wedding are most important to you as a couple. If you can’t imagine walking down the aisle in anything other than that designer wedding gown with the five figure price tag, then make that your priority and cut corners in other areas. If you both love fine dining then spend the bulk of your money on making sure the food is amazing, but save money on your venue décor. Once you’ve chosen where your priorities are, making cuts on everything else should be much easier.