Following on from last week’s post, here are more hints and tips to help you spend that wedding budget wisely…

  • Don’t over cater. I made the mistake of ordering a wedding cake of a size sufficient to feed all 150 guests at my wedding. By the time the cake had been cut and served, half the guests were well on their way to getting trollied and cake was the last thing anyone wanted after a three course dinner. At least 50 per cent of the cake was binned. You wouldn’t throw twenty pounds notes in the trash and this equates to pretty much the same thing. I’m not saying you should only serve enough canapés for ten to your 50 guests but if you’re not bothered about a statement cake consider scaling it back or buying in some undecorated portions to serve to your guests.
  • If you’re going for a theme, don’t buy too many props or decorations too far in advance. Fashions change, you may attend a wedding with a similar theme or you may simply wake up one day and decide that the Art Deco props you splashed out on just don’t set your heart racing anymore. Keep save the dates neutral so you’re not tied to a particular theme.
  • Don’t order large or bulky wedding invitations. The stationer should be able to advise the postage cost of each invite.  Alternatively, get into the 21st century and send electronic, personalised invites. Free wedding websites are also a great way of passing on all the information your guests will need.
  • If you are choosing a venue that doesn’t regularly host weddings, remember that there may be additional costs that you haven’t factored into your wedding spreadsheet. Extra days to set up, cleaners, additional decorations and props can all mean that your cheap venue isn’t so cheap after all. Don’t rush into a booking without properly exploring all costs.
  • If you have your heart set on a designer dress, consider whether you can a get a sample for a knock down price. Find out which shops stock your preferred brands and follow them on social media for details of their upcoming sample sales. Also, bridal dress shops often run designer events or “trunk shows” with discounts if you buy during the event. Remember it’s best to order your dress as soon as possible in order to have the biggest choice. Intricate and popular designs can take months to order, don’t leave it too late!
  • Hiring a wedding planner can save you money in the long run. They will often know all the best suppliers and may have secured favourable rates you can take the benefit of. If you’re wedding is DIY heavy, their help in organising can be a godsend.