How to own your wedding without breaking the bank

With the rise of online sharing and visual documentation comes huge pressure to be the best and look the best. There are certain events that certainly feel the raff of these changes, weddings are one of them. Making your wedding day look like a page on Pinterest is increasingly difficult and expensive. Like a lot of things in life, with great expectation and planning comes huge expense. Weddings are certainly no exception. As our tastes become more advanced our budgets certainly feel the weight of our imaginations. For this reason, I’d like to share some top tips to help you save the pennies. Here’s how you can create your dream day without breaking the bank and feeding your beloved guests sausage rolls, as lovely as they are, it won’t look good on Instagram.

Your day is about one thing and one thing only, you and your loved one making a beautiful commitment. When wrapped up in the excitement of it all it’s important you have somebody documenting the day for you. Wedding photographers are a perfect way of making sure you have a keepsake that will remind you of the special moments. However, they come at a cost. Look for photographers starting out in the industry. This does not mean you are going to lose quality, arrange to see their body of previous work in detail and of course outline your needs for the day. Another top tip and a great way to bring an element of fun and participation to the day is by placing disposable cameras on the tables for your guests to use at their own free will. This encourages your guest to get on their feet and be involved. Not to mention how great the disposable images will look placed in a frame and added to your new home. The photos are sure to capture the fun filled aspect of your wedding.

With regards to music, I’d like to think we are behind the days of your typical ‘wedding DJ’ assuming we are all huge ‘Take That’ fans and love nothing more than Robbie Williams on repeat. That’s not to say that we didn’t love it at the time but tastes are shifting and we are ready for something more alternative. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have a friend who plays in what happens to be a great live band. Question if discounted ‘mate rates’ would be an option, maybe you have something you could repay the favour with at a later date. Better yet, invest time into making your own playlist. Buy a docking station and suitable speakers that are sure to get people on their feet. Indeed, making a playlist that will last the entire evening of your wedding may seem like a daunting task but there’s nothing like asking for a little help from your friends. Combine your own and your partner’s favourite jams and additionally include the top picks form your guests, this way you’re sure to have tracks to suit everyone’s party needs.

There is however, no party without a venue. Finding affordable wedding venues can be like finding a needle in a hay stack. Ways to try and scrimp back the pennies when booking your venue is to consider marrying on a day that isn’t a Saturday. Yes, we all want to get married on the weekend, it makes life easier for our guests and means nobody has to take time off work. Give your loved ones enough notice and I really don’t see how this will cause an issue. Fridays are a great choice, not many people will argue about having to take a long weekend off. Open your venue search to areas, stretching out further than the city. Barns are fast becoming a popular choice, granted they too can still be pricey but generally they have already been done up with all the swanky fittings. Using your skills and anyone else you can convince to help, get creative designing your own venue decorations. I’ve learnt there is nothing a bulk pack of fairy lights can’t solve.

Finally, every bride wants to look their best on their big day. Another area you can certainly cut back on is hair and make-up. Don’t panic, I’m not suggesting you scrap this all together. I do understand it’s just as important as the dress, I certainly would not be seen without it on my wedding day. I would however grab a friend and together teach ourselves the tricks of the trade. Especially when it comes to make up, the internet is jammed video tutorials telling us what new expensive make up to buy next and how of course we should be applying it. Invest time learning the ropes and you and your friend can make use of your new skill come the big day. You are of course free to do as many try outs as you so wish.

It’s important you don’t get too bogged down with the financial side of planning your wedding. Sure, it’s important and requires thought. But know that you can still achieve a beautiful day without having to spend your entire life savings. Know that so long as you encompass what makes you and your husband or wife to be so special, both you and your guests will be happy. Not to mention the bank balance. Happy wedding planning!

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