Creating the Perfect Wedding on a Budget: Money-Saving Tips for Couples

Your wedding day is a unique occasion fully immersed with love, happiness, and the
beginning of a beautiful journey.

However, planning a wedding can be a costly affair, leaving couples wondering if they can
achieve their dream celebration without breaking the bank. The good news is that with
careful planning and smart choices, you can have a memorable wedding that fits your

In this blog, we will explore practical tips and creative ideas to help couples save money
without compromising on style or sentiment.

Set a Realistic Budget
Start by determining your budget. Consider your financial situation and decide how much
you are willing to spend on each aspect of the wedding. Having a realistic clear budget in
mind will help your decision making and help you prioritise where to allocate your funds
efficiently and easily.

Timing is Everything
Choosing the right date for your wedding can significantly impact your budget. Consider
getting married during an off-peak season or on a weekday rather than a weekend, as
venues and vendors often offer discounted rates during these times.
Additionally, booking well in advance can help secure better deals.

Opt for an Intimate Celebration
Trimming down your guest list is one of the most effective ways to save money. Instead of
inviting everyone you know, prioritise close family and friends. This will not only reduce
costs but also create a more intimate and meaningful experience.

Intimate wedding celebration with close family

Minimise Bridal Party Expenses
Limit the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen to reduce costs associated with their
attire, accessories, and gifts. You can also consider having a “bridal squad” where close
friends and family can participate without the need for expensive matching outfits.

Bride and bridesmaids with pastel bouquets stand side by side

Delegating Tasks
Instead of hiring professionals for every aspect of your wedding, ask friends and family to
help with certain tasks. For example, you might have a friend who is skilled in graphic design
to create your wedding invitations or a family member who can assist with floral

DIY Delights
Inject a personal touch into your wedding by embracing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.
Create your own centrepieces, invitations, or even wedding favours. Not only does this save
money, but it also adds a unique and heartfelt element to your celebration.
Borrow or Rent Decorations: Ask friends and family if they have any wedding decorations or
items you can borrow. From table linens to centrepiece vases, borrowing or renting items
can help you save money and still achieve a beautiful look.

For a few more tips on DIY weddings, check our blog post DIY Brides: A Handmade Wedding is Possible

DIY wedding decorations and accessories

Alternative Venue Options
Consider non-traditional venues for your wedding. Instead of booking an expensive hotel or
banquet hall, explore public parks, gardens, or even family-owned properties. These
alternative venues can provide a charming backdrop for your special day at a fraction of the
cost. Backyard weddings are becoming more and more popular as brides and grooms try to save a few thousands on venue hire.

Backyard wedding. Getting married in a home garden

Prioritise Wedding Attire
You don’t have to compromise on style when it comes to your wedding attire. Look for
sample sales, car boot sales, wedding preloved websites or consider renting instead of
buying. Additionally, explore online retailers or second-hand shops for stunning pre-loved
dresses and suits.

Creative Catering Choices
Food and beverages can quickly consume a significant portion of your wedding budget. Opt
for creative catering options, such as food stalls or family-style meals. These alternatives can
be more cost-effective while still providing a delicious dining experience.
Opt for Buffet or Food Stations: Buffet-style or food stations can be a more cost-effective
option compared to a formal sit-down dinner. They offer flexibility in portion sizes and allow
guests to choose their preferences. You can also explore local caterers or specialty food
vendors who may offer more affordable options.

Inexpensive catering choices for weddings

Wedding cake
Consider Non-Traditional Cake Options, wedding cakes can be pricey, so consider alternative
dessert options. Cupcakes, a dessert table with a variety of sweets, or a small cutting cake
combined with a tray bake style cake for serving guests can be more cost-effective choices.

Music on a Budget
Live music can be expensive, so explore alternative options such as hiring a talented local
musician or DJ instead of a full band. Create playlists for different parts of your wedding and
use a sound system to keep the party going without breaking the bank.

DIY Music Playlist – Instead of hiring a DJ or band, create your own music playlist. Use
streaming services or compile a selection of your favourite songs that can be played through
a sound system or rented speakers. Designate a responsible friend or family member to
manage the playlist throughout the event.

Inexpensive ways to add music to your wedding

Capture the Moments
Preserving the memories of your special day is important, but professional photography and
videography can be costly. Consider hiring a student photographer or find an up-and-coming
professional who offers discounted packages. You can also create a hashtag and encourage
your guests to capture and share their photos on social media.
Opt for Off-Peak Photography, many photographers offer off-peak discounts for weddings
held during weekdays, mornings, or off-season periods. This can help you secure a talented
photographer at a more affordable price without compromising on quality.

Camera photos from wedding guests   Wedding guest taking photos

Drink options
Bar Options: Alcoholic beverages can quickly escalate your expenses.
To save money, consider having a limited bar offering beer, wine, and a signature cocktail
instead of an open bar. You can also explore options for providing your own alcohol or
purchasing it from discount stores.

Unexpensive wedding drinks bar

Planning a budget-friendly wedding in the UK is entirely possible with a little creativity and
By setting a realistic budget, making smart choices, and embracing DIY projects, you can
create a beautiful celebration without spending over the odds.