Guest Post: How to Save Money on Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception

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As a bride, you will want your wedding to be a beautiful event that you’ll never forget. However with the cost of weddings constantly on the increase, it’s understandable why most brides and grooms can often have trouble sticking to a tight budget. Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which you can have the wedding of your dreams and not break the bank. If you’re planning on getting married and want to keep costs as low as possible for your reception and ceremony, read on to find out more.

Opt for a Package Deal

When it comes to keeping wedding costs down, package deals can work out to be an excellent option that will save you money on the whole event. UK Wedding Savings has a number of great wedding package and venue deals with some attractive discounts, and these can be well worth looking into rather than booking and paying for everything separately. Although the initial cost may seem expensive, it’s important to remember that with a package deal you’ll have almost everything covered.

Choose Off-Peak

During the spring and summer months many wedding ceremony and reception venues will charge a premium as it is a popular season for weddings. Save costs on your wedding ceremony and reception by opting to getting married during an off peak season such as during Lent, September through November, or in April. Due to decreased demand and business during these times, you will be able to bag a cheaper price on venues.

Consider Weekdays

Although it’s convenient to book your wedding so that it falls on a Saturday, the price of this convenience can often add up. Fridays are popular wedding days, however it’s often much cheaper to book venues on a Friday than a Saturday. For even greater savings, consider booking your wedding for a weekday evening, after the work day has ended. Because a weekday wedding leaves the weekend free many guests actually prefer this, however ensure that you give your guests plenty of notice so that they can make arrangements.

DIY

When it comes to wedding invitations, favours and decorations, you can save a lot of money on your wedding ceremony and reception by making them yourself. Sites such as Pinterest hold a wealth of ideas for DIY wedding favours, decorations and invitations that look just as good as bought ones but cost a fraction of the price. Getting creative can save you hundreds!

Buy in Bulk

When it comes to the essentials such as flowers, ribbons and other decorative items, you can cut costs by buying these items in bulk from a wholesaler. You might also want to consider purchasing items that can double up – for example you could take floral decorations from the ceremony venue to use as centrepieces at the reception.

Have you got any great ideas for saving money on a wedding ceremony and reception that you’d like to add to this list? If you’d like to share any tips with fellow thrifty brides and grooms, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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