It’s no secret that a wedding costs a lot of money. In fact, the average amount that people in the UK spend on a wedding is around £20,000. It’ll take years of saving before you can afford that and you might decide that you don’t want to wait that long. Of course, you don’t need to spend that much on your wedding if you’re clever with your money. There are all sorts of ways that you can cut costs on your big day. Shopping around and doing as much as you can for yourself will slash big chunks off the bill, but you need to be careful. Certain things can’t be cut from the wedding costs otherwise you risk ruining your special day. When you’re trying to cut costs, avoid these wedding day essentials.
People might tell you that the wedding dress is something that you can never cut corners on but that isn’t necessarily true. Shopping around for a cheaper wedding dress is absolutely fine. You can still get a good quality one without the massive price tag and it’ll still look great. One area where you definitely can’t afford to go cheap is alterations to the dress. If you find a dress that is perfect and reasonably priced, but not quite the right fit, you should still buy it and pay for alterations by a professional. It will still work out cheaper in the long run.
Looking great on your wedding day is important. While you can make significant savings buying a cheaper dress and having it altered, there are other areas that you will just need to accept will be expensive. When it comes to having your makeup done, you could try doing it yourself or hiring somebody cheap, but the results won’t be anywhere near as good. A professional wedding makeup artist will have all of the top of the line products and they’ll be able to give you a far more interesting look than you could ever do yourself.
Your guests are going to be pretty bored if you haven’t laid on any entertainment for the evening. This is one of the biggest costs because bands and DJ’s will immediately rack up the price when you mention the word wedding. It might be tempting to try to save on those costs by doing it yourself but it’ll end up being a bit of a flop. It can really put a downer on the whole evening if your guests are stuck listening to a playlist that you’ve made with your old CDs. Get a professional band or DJ and make sure to factor in extra costs for overtime. The price can really shoot up if the evening goes on for longer than originally scheduled. To avoid getting any nasty surprises the next morning, book them for a few hours longer than you think you might need them.
It can be easy to forget about what happens when it’s all over but it’s one of the most important things to consider. You’ll get a big charge if you don’t arrange for the venue to be cleaned up afterwards. You can’t ignore this cost but you can reduce it if you look for venues that include it in the price of hire.