We may be dreaming of our perfect wedding day for years, however our budget might not always match up to the Pinterest wedding of our dreams. However, there are lots of way that you can make the most of your budget that will make your guests think you’ve broken the bank. Here are our top budget wedding tips to help you plan!
Most venues offer special discounts for mid-week (Sunday-Thursday) and off-peak months like November, December, January and February (excluding peak dates like Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day). Having a mid-week wedding can be a little off-putting to some as your guests may need to take extra time off work than if you were to get married on a Saturday, but if you’re trying to keep numbers down this may be ideal.If you have a lot of guests travelling from abroad, this might actually suit them better anyway as flights and accommodation may be cheaper for them midweek. Most venues hold wedding fairs two or three times a year (usually in January/February, early Summer and in September) and offer special booking discounts and added extras on the day; or if you are hoping to get married in under 6 months time they sometimes offer special late booking discounts to fill dates.
Many bands offer additional services like ceremony music, drinks reception entertainment and DJ services. Ask about special offers or discounts that they may have for booking multiple options from the same band – if you meet them at wedding fairs, they might also have special offers such as free drinks reception music or DJ when you book the band on the day. Ensure you ask the band if they charge extra for travel costs, as this may add an unexpected item to your budget. A band can be a big chunk of your budget, costing on average between €1800-3000, so if you are really trying to mind the pennies, consider just hiring a DJ instead which will cost you a third or even a quarter of that.
Try to keep it seasonal when it comes to your wedding flowers. You may absolutely love peonies but they are naturally in season in early Summer. While they are available on order year-round, costs will go up as they have to be cultivated especially and this will drive up the price for you. Likewise with roses around Valentine’s Day – they are in such high demand that the price can double or even triple in the few weeks running up to Valentine’s Day, so it may be wise to steer clear of roses for your late winter or early spring wedding. If you are looking for church or ceremony decor as well as bouquets and buttonholes, ask your florist if they do a package deal.
Dress & Suit
Follow your favourite bridal shops on social media and sign up to email newsletters, as you’ll be the first to know about sales, special discount days and trunk shows. Trunk shows often come with a decent discount on the day. There are also many boutiques now offering pre-loved dresses that are in perfect condition, meaning you could get a gorgeous Jenny Packham or Mori Lee for a fraction of the original price. Most importantly, tell the sales assistant in the bridal boutiques what your budget is straight away – otherwise you could end up falling in love with a gorgeous gown that you definitely can’t afford, and that can be heartbreaking. For the guys, many formalwear providers offer a free groom’s suit when you rent the groomsmen’s suits, or if you’re buying, they might offer free shirts.