If your dream wedding is an elaborate event (of course it is), then you may want to start thinking about how to cut wedding costs: the average cost of a UK wedding soared to nearly £21k in 2015 – yes really, nearly twenty-one thousand English pounds.
Or, if you measure cost in the same currency as me, a helluva lot of skinny caramel lattes (approximately 7,500).
That makes for some pretty dismal reading if you’re planning your wedding right now. It’s almost a cruel irony having finally got that (expensive) ring on your finger – a few quick sums is all it takes to establish that actually, unless you take out a small mortgage, no, you cannot afford a wedding to rival the Duchess of Cambridge. Nor, sadly, to do justice to your lifelong fairytale fantasy.
How to (Drastically) Slash Wedding Costs
So what ruthless tricks are available to you to ensure you can still achieve a thrifty version of your much longed-for day, without turning it into a parody of your quintessential wedding? Can it be done? Where there’s ‘I will’, there’s a way…
How to Cut Wedding Costs? The Venue
If you are the super-organised type and are flexible in terms of decoration and design – and most importantly date – you can get an incredible bargain by grabbing a late deal.
However, when I said ruthless I wasn’t joking – chances are you’ll be benefitting from the misery of a broken engagement. If you can live with that, you can clinch an absolute winner. Alternatively, consider off-peak dates and days of the week for lower prices, or a dusk wedding and skip the wedding breakfast to save megabucks.
How to Make Huge Wedding Savings? The Country
Whilst we’re on the subject of ruthlessness, you could always consider a destination wedding…which may upset some friends or family who are unable to cover the expense to be there. (This could work in your favour too, of course.)
If ruffling some feathers doesn’t faze you then it’s definitely worth consideration: like for like, this option can dramatically reduce costs.
Popular countries to consider are Italy, Croatia and Las Vegas, but there are many other fab alternatives.
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How to Cut Wedding Costs? The Guestlist
The biggest expense at a wedding is the fact that you are covering the cost of an expensive meal for a considerable number of people. Can you see where I’m going with this one? It’s simple maths: cut numbers, cut costs.
How to Slash Your Wedding Costs? The Gift List
It’s becoming more and more common to use a cheeky little ditty to ‘invite’ your guests to bestow cash upon you as opposed to gifts.
With the majority of couples having already set up home together these days, gifts are lovely – but ultimately superfluous.
The monies spent on those extravagances, however? Yes, that would come in extremely handy to offset the ginormous cost of your honeymoon or wedding dress. Presumptuous? Yes. Acceptable? Also yes – more so if you’ve not been ruthless per the above three suggestions! Lots of people do this now and it’s becoming the norm.
Would you consider employing any of these methods to drastically reduce your wedding costs?
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