Tips for sticking to your budget on the big day
Whether or not you take out a loan, you’ll want to make sure your budget goes as far as possible. With a little know-how, it’s possible to save on your outgoings without compromising on style.
Create a budget
First thing’s first, think about how much you want to spend on your big day. Then factor in how much money you can set aside each month. With this budget in mind, spend some time investigating costs in your area, collecting quotes and price lists for different elements of the wedding. Make a priority list – which elements are necessities? Which could you do without? – and calculate how many guests you would like to invite. If your costs are slightly over, alter your list, not your budget.
Stay out of season
One of the simplest ways to lower your costs is to get married out of season. Venues and entertainers are known for inflating their fees during the summer; so choosing to marry on a weekday in winter may mean you can upgrade your venue without having to pay peak prices. Plus, your guests will benefit from cheaper accommodation.
Before you splash out on entertainers, caterers and a band, take a moment to consider whether you have any connections you could use. Perhaps you have a friend who is a photographer, or a cousin in a band. Maybe your mum loves to bake. Asking friends and family to help you out can save you money, but it will also make the day much more personal. As for the catering, hiring a family-run restaurant or smaller catering firm will cost less than a big company (and will have that personal touch).
Top tip: Consider what’s in season when picking your food and flowers – something easily and locally sourced will keep the costs down.
From the invitations and decorations to bouquets and wedding favours, getting creative lets you bring your own sense of style to the day – without breaking the bank. And you can get your friends and family involved – so not only will it get done quicker, but working on these projects with your loved ones will create great memories.
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Footnote †† Interest is chargeable throughout the full loan term including the deferred period if this option is taken. The 3 month repayment holiday must be taken at the start of the loan. This means you will pay more interest over the term of the loan. For example: if you take out a 60 month loan, the interest will be charged over 63 months.