Not many of us are flush enough to blow £18,000 in one go – for many people, that’s around the same as their yearly wage. But recent figures show that the average cost of a wedding is creeping ever closer to a whopping £20,000.
If you haven’t got rich parents who can pay for your wedding, and your savings fund is looking a little on the meagre side, you will have to cut corners when it comes to your big day.
So what are the best ways to save when planning your wedding? Well, one of the biggest expenses on the day is your venue. Costs can seem steep for all-inclusive packages at Hertfordshire wedding venues, but don’t be afraid to haggle.
Lots of venues would rather accept a lower price for a package than miss out on hosting the wedding altogether, so see if there’s any room for manoeuvre. Another way to make your wedding venue in Hertfordshire more cost effective is to cut down on the number of people you invite to your ceremony and meal.
Some wedding venues in Hertfordshire even cater for small weddings of around 20 people – you may be worried about offending your great aunt Gladys and your second cousin once removed Bob if you don’t invite them, but you can always have them along to the reception rather than the whole day.
Another cost saving you might make is on the wedding dress. Shopping around can really help you find a bargain – perhaps hit your local dress shop during the January sales, or see what eBay has to offer. High street stores like Debenhams and Monsoon also sell beautiful low-key wedding dresses for a couple of hundred pounds, which are perfect for chilled out weddings where a meringue would look out of place!
It’s also an idea to turn to friends and family when you’re planning your wedding. Could a relative make your cake, or provide the flowers as a favour to you and your other half? Do you have any friends that DJ in their spare time, who might provide the entertainment at mates’ rates? Or do you know someone who can help out with designing your invitations?
Many people choose not to go on a lavish honeymoon straight after their wedding, as they simply can’t afford it. Why not opt for a “mini-moon”
It’s a really cheap way to get away from it all after the wedding madness has subsided. Or make the most of your Hertfordshire wedding venue if it’s also a hotel – many of them will offer residential packages for the bride and groom for a few days after they’ve said “I do”.
The average cost of a wedding may be nudging the £20,000 mark, but with some prudent decisions and careful organising, you can enjoy the day of your dreams for much less than that.
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