My top 10 tips to budget {and save!} for your Wedding!

10 tips to budget for your wedding day
Within the last week, our Wedding plans have been refueled, kick started and seem to be in full swing. I’ll admit, finding somewhere within our budget has been tricky but I think {hope} we have finally cracked it. Our wedding is in just 6 months time {OMG!} and we’ve only got a teeny amount saved of the budget we need. So we need to save like absolute maniacs so I have put this {hopefully} helpful post together for anyone else looking for tips on how to save and budget for your wedding.

Have your Wedding on a week day! This idea was a massive NO for me when it was first thrown into the pot. But once I saw how much money you could save, I was a complete convert. For example, a Belfast City Centre wedding at our chosen venue on a Saturday….would cost in excess of £6000+ {ouch!} but if you have it on a weekday? BOOM! it’s instantly £4000 cheaper. It’s absolute madness but something that you should seriously consider.

Don’t over invite. This is a tough one because there are people with big families and others with not so big. My Dads side is super small, my Mums side isn’t much bigger. However my partners family is honest to goodness full to the brim with Uncles, Aunties, Cousins and more. So invite those family members & close friends you see the most, and invite the rest to your evening do.

Ditch the flower bouquets! Or at least, that’s what I am doing! I hate the fuss of having to carry things around {hell, I don’t even use a handbag! The thought of them make me twitch!}. So instead, I’ve decided to have my girls all wear adorable little floral wrist corsages. I’ve managed to pick them up from places like Ebay & Aliexpress for super duper cheap, plus, they still look fabulous!

Make your own photo backdrop. I plan on doing this myself and I also think it would make for a fun ‘Bridal party night in’ on the run up to the big day. Goodness know how it will turn out after a few glasses of southern comfort, but you know, it’ll be made with love either way. You can find all kinds of DIY Photo backdrop ideas over on Pinterest.

10 tips to budget for your wedding


Make your own Wedding cake.
I can remember phoning up a bunch of different places around Belfast, getting quotes for a 3 tiered naked cake and I almost choked when I was being quoted £400 plus! FOR SPONGE! Madness. So instead my Bridal party and I will be making the cake ourselves a day or two before the wedding. How hard can it be, right? 

Etsy. Ebay & Amazon! There are lots of places that sell fun, good quality Wedding props and accessories. Etsy has some gorgeous pieces, as well as Ebay, Amazon and even places such as B&M and you’re local Poundland may surprise you! I was able to pick up some amazing candy buffet jars from B&M and Photobooth props from Poundland recently. So shop around!

Use your friends & families talents! Every family has someone who can do hair, nails, make things and more. Get them all involved and save yourself a bundle of pennies!

Have your ceremony & reception in the same place. Why pay for two places when you can save money and have both your ceremony and reception all under one roof. No need for transportation from one venue to the next for yourselves or your guests. Win, win situation.

Don’t have a sit-down dinner. I don’t know about you guys but the thought of sitting down for a 3-course meal, with white linen tablecloths {with kids!} is just my worst nightmare imaginable. It’s all so fussy, stressful and traditional *shudders* – why not make the ceremony a little later in the day and have canapes served followed by a delicious fork buffet that evening.

10 tips to budget for your wedding

Know what you DON’T need. Forget about pretty personalised napkins and the super duper fancy mile long hummer as transportation. They all cost CRAZY amounts of money and it’s all for ‘the look’. Spending more money on the look is steering you away from the marriage itself. I’d get wed to my darling on in lunch break in City Hall tomorrow if I could. So think carefully of what you could happily do without on your big day!

Do YOU have any top tips of your own to save & budget for a Wedding? I’d love to hear them! 

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4 Comments

  1. 28/03/2016 / 9:18 PM

    We had a small budget wedding, had 80 guests in a Belfast hotel on a Saturday in August 2006. We saved money by not having cars, getting a friend to do the photos and DJ. Bridesmaids dresses were from Debehams. We made our own invitations and orders of service and a friend made the favours.
    Can’t wait to see pictures of your day

  2. 29/03/2016 / 3:23 PM

    I made my own invitations. Inspired by pinterest of course. But have to start all over again now which means I’m losing money.

  3. 01/09/2016 / 4:16 PM

    These are excellent tips! Keeping a close watch on how many people you invite is also really important; the expenses per guest can add up fast. Nice pointers! Thanks for the advice!

  4. 04/05/2017 / 3:47 PM

    I agree with skipping the 3-course meal. Sometimes all you need is a buffet it makes things so much easier, and can save on the kitchen staff.

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