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Planning the Perfect Budget Wedding

Thursday 17 October 2013, by

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and the prices can start to add up at an alarming rate. It is all too easy to get carried away with spending money you don’t have on things you might not need, or could get for a better price. In order to get the best value for your money, here are a few easy-to-follow tips.


1. Work out a budget. Before spending all your money on the things you love and want in your wedding, work out what you can afford to spend. Once you know your budget, you can plan the rest in accordance to this. Find inspiration from mood boards, such as those at and make your wedding perfect for you at a realistic price.

inspiration moodboard

2. Discount venues. Your wedding venue will be the main aspect that will eat most of your budget. This means you will have to choose wisely in order to stick to it. The best way to get a great venue for the best value is to choose an unusual day to get married on. Marrying on a weekday rather than a weekend can cut the cost of your venue up to as much as half the original price. You might find that prices of photographers and florists will be discounted on these days as well.


cheap venue


3. Second hand bargains. Costly wedding items, such as wedding dresses, are used once and then put away – never to be seen again. Rather than scraping the bottom of your purse, why not browse some online second hand sites or visit second hand wedding dress shops to find a bargain. As long as you inspect the dress in person and make sure it is what it appears online, you could be saving yourself a whole lot of money that you could then put toward something else more useful, such as savings for a house or a honeymoon. Looking like a princess of your wedding day doesn’t have to come at a hefty price.


Second Hand Dresses


4. D.I.Y. Small details of your wedding, such as decorations, invitations and favours are just as important as the bigger features in making your day count. However, you can end up spending so much unnecessary money on details you can perfect yourself. With a bit of practice and help from your bridesmaids, you can have fun making your own favours and invites whilst saving yourself a great deal. With bit of an imagination and creative flare you can make favours that your guests with absolutely love and have fun at the same time.

diy wedding favors


From D.I.Y to second hand purchasing, planning the perfect budget wedding isn’t as hard as it may seem. With a sensible budget and an eye for a bargain, you can have your dream wedding at a price you can afford.

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