Prince Harry and his American girlfriend Meghan Markle announced that they are getting married in Spring 2018. While their wedding will be paid for by the royal family, most of us have to reach deep into our pockets for that special day.
Here at PiggyBank we believe in sensible spending – weddings don’t have to cost a fortune! If you’re looking to plan your perfect day on a budget, this is how to do it.
Take time to write down everything that you need to spend money on – from shoes and flowers to the registry office fees. Then, set a budget with careful consideration as to how much you can afford.
Discuss what’s most important to both of you. You might think that it must be a beautiful reception in a castle, but you could both easily be happy with a simple church wedding. Same goes for the party venues, check out local pubs and restaurants for great off peak season deals. According to UK’s No 1 Brides Magazine, venue costs often account for up to a third of your budget.
Don’t feel obliged to stick to conventional “wedding rules” – if you both do not not like cake, simply don’t get one.
The wedding dress, groomswear and accessories
You don’t have to splurge on a designer gowns to look fabulous. Most High Street clothing brands such as John Lewis, Monsoon, Missguided, and Asos have their own bridal collections. Check out your local bridal boutiques for bargain dresses from last season collections. If you’re buying online, make sure you allow extra time for return if the dress doesn’t meet your expectations.
Your bridesmaids don’t have to look like quadruplets! Talk to them and choose the colour they would not mind wearing – it could be that they already own suitable gowns, meaning you’ll both save out on not having to buy matching outfits.
Professional wedding photography can be very expensive, however you cannot allow your happy memories to not be recorded.
Consider approaching your local college or university and offering a small fee to a final-year student to photograph your wedding. Most students are looking for opportunities to practice their skills and expand their portfolio. Just make sure you check their existing portfolio and don’t be shy to arrange a pre-wedding photoshoot to make sure you are happy with their skills! Same rule works with friends and family photographers.
Need some help?
Feeling overwhelmed with wedding planning and wish you could squeeze hiring a wedding planning expert into your budget? That can be possible at no extra cost!
Wedding planning apps such as WeddingHappy can help you keep on track of your budget, timings, invitations and much more.