How to Save Money on your Wedding

Wedding Spend Infographic by 2014 Brides

Wedding Spend Infographic by Sainsbury’s Bank

Planning a wedding for 2015? Your budget will determine how much you can spend on everything from venue to dress and accessories to entertainment – but how does your budget compare to the average spend of a bride in the UK and where can you cut costs to reduce the budget as much as possible?

Sainsbury’s Bank has produced a useful infographic for brides-to-be with Top 10 Wedding Expenses which the 2014 bride spent on her wedding day. It will not be a surprise to many couples that venue, food and drink and the honeymoon were the biggest budget items. Amongst the other top expenses were a band for entertainment, photo and video costs, rings and – of course – the dress itself! The 2014 statistics provide current brides with an idea on how much they should allocate to each of these expenses but also shows clearly areas where brides can perhaps save some money.

Budgeting for a wedding has become slightly easier over the years with the introduction of many more internet sites providing DIY and expert advice on how to create various looks for a fraction of the cost. Amongst the top DIY ideas for weddings – decor is a major area where brides can make a saving with some creative input from friends and family. Many more brides nowadays make their own invitations, decorations and centre-pieces and the trend for a rustic look has given way to a noticeable increase in DIY wedding styling.

With venue costs averaging about £595 – this is another area where the bride and groom can definitely make a saving. The recent trend for outdoor weddings is also allowing brides to make a substantial saving on the venue cost itself…brides in 2015 are planning inventive ways of creating a rustic look with a forest wedding, a garden affair or even a seafront ceremony. Remember, if you are not having a church ceremony you may need to apply for permission to get married in an outdoor venue.

With the top ten expenses using a huge amount of the wedding budget…this leaves the budget for bridal accessories a little lower down the cost list. With careful planning, brides can still create their dream look with stunning wedding accessories with these money saving tips:

1. Choose a satin bridal shoe range such as Pink Paradox or Rainbow Else which are priced for affordability from only £49

2. Opt for stunning Swarovski crystal or cubic zirconia costume jewellery which mimics the sparkle and beauty of real diamond jewels!

3. Choose a statement headpiece and minimal other accessories to make your hair a feature and create a special bridal look

4. Borrow a necklace or bracelet from family or friends as your ‘Something Borrowed’

5. Choose a pair of shoes in silver or gold which you can wear after the wedding day or find a pair of dyeable wedding shoes which you can have dyed after the wedding so they can be used again

 

 

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February 20, 2015 in Bridal Jewellery
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