Budgeting For Weddings: Four Cost-Saving Wedding Ideas

Monday 31 January 2022


Weddings are expensive, take months of planning and yet the day itself goes by so fast. If you’re planning a wedding and have a small budget, there are some ways to make the most of your special day and make it as memorable as possible.

Getting the perfect ring

Getting the perfect wedding ring will ensure that it is comfortable to wear for many years, looks amazing, and is a proud reminder of the love and commitment you share with your partner.

Chisholm Hunter wedding rings offer all of this and more. Your wedding ring is one thing you shouldn’t cut corners on, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find one which fits your budget. With a selection of gold, white gold, and platinum, available for the bride and groom to choose from, you can both get the ring you prefer and at a price that doesn’t have to break the bank, with the option to pay in installments.

Choosing an intimate meal over a big party

Choosing a meal at a restaurant with just your closest friends and family means you don’t have to worry about the cost of venue hire, and catering for dozens or even hundreds of guests. If you’re worried about the alcohol bill, you could order a limited number of drinks or bottles of wine for the table, then ask guests to pay for any extra drinks they want to purchase themselves. Although, quite often, you will find some guests drink little or no alcohol, so this can make up for the few people who drink a little more.

Remember, it’s your wedding day, so don’t feel pressured by distant friends or family to invite them, if that doesn’t fit with your budget!

Make use of your home

If you have a large home and/or garden, you might be able to make use of that to lower your wedding costs. You could get married in your garden and hire a marquee. Or you might cater to guests in your home after the ceremony. This leaves you to pay for catering but saves on venue hire.

If you have children, you can let them help with wedding decorations and light household chores, to ensure your home is ready for the big day.

Consider a second-hand dress

It might feel odd to wear a wedding dress somebody has already been married in, but this can save a lot of money. A wedding dress can be the most expensive dress you ever buy, but if things go to plan, you can only expect to wear it once. So, if you can use a dress from another family member and get it adapted to fit and suit you, it could work out much cheaper. Alternatively, you can buy a second-hand wedding dress, and because most are only worn once, it’s likely to be in almost new condition. A simple dry clean can ease any doubts you have.

If your budget feels stretched as you plan your wedding, try scaling back your plans. Make a list of what is important and what doesn’t matter as much. The main thing is to get married surrounded by the people you value the most in a place you feel comfortable.
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