The 2020 wedding season has been thrown into turmoil due to lockdown and social distancing measures being put in place. Many couples have had to postpone their weddings to next year, and those who were saving to get married are looking at their budget, trying to find ways to cut costs due to redundancy or uncertainty of how their job might look post coronavirus.
Stress not, I am here to share some brilliant tips on how to save thousands on your wedding budget. Firstly Pinterest is a godsend for looking for wedding ideas and decorations that you and your bridal team can create to create a more personal touch to your day.
Wedding and Bridesmaid Dresses
Dresses for the bride and bridesmaids can cost thousands, and are usually only worn for one day. So looking for alternatives like prom dresses and prom hair styles are a good idea. You still get a stunning dress at more than half the price, and they can be worn again for other formal occasions. Wedding shoes are another item which you can save money on by buying from the high street, some stores now have their own dedicated wedding department. You can even have them customised if you want to add some more glam.
Flowers are another high cost and can you can save money here by switching to a brooch bouquet. Brooches are easy to find at charity shops, and the end result is a bouquet which you can keep for life. You can also do a lovely silk flower bouquet for your bridesmaids which they can also keep. Using silk flowers means you don’t have to worry about your favourite flower not being available during a specific season.
Silk flowers are available online and at some local shops.
You’ll want the best quality of photography on your big day, but some packages can be expensive. So my way of saving on costs would be to get your photos by pooling your guests photos and doing some wedding photo sharing . These days smartphones have amazing camera quality and you might have guests who have great camera skills. You can create specific albums for your wedding and reception where your guests are able to live share photos and comments. What I love about this is you are in control of which photos you want to print and it’s easy to share with family and friends.
Summer weddings gives you the option of using the outdoors for your reception, for example instead of a traditional sit down meal you could go for an afternoon tea style reception or a BBQ if you are more laid back. This means you are more in control of your food and drinks budget and don’t have to be as strict with wedding guest numbers.
Autumn weddings can also be outside by adding a nice Danish hygge element with blankets, tealights and hot chocolate to a hog roast barn or outdoor reception in the country.