The pressure is on to have the perfect big white wedding, but with the average UK wedding costing in excess of £23,000 most people can’t afford to have everything they want. As a bride to be myself I’m having this very struggle…..my Pinterest wedding would probably cost £50,000!!!!
So, in order to stay within budget, what do we not have at our wedding? Everything on the list is really important to us. An option to save on the budget is to go second hand. www.myvouchercodes.co.uk have conducted some market research and found that 63% of couples would hire or buy second hand items for their wedding day but less brides would hire a wedding dress than grooms would hire their suits.
Would you opt for a pre-loved wedding dress? You can save up to 75% on the retail price if you buy a second hand dress, plus you can still have it fitted to you. If you buy a dress that is too long you can also have the hem taken up to get rid of any marks that may be left from the previous owner. I have to admit that this is something I have looked into as all the dresses I like are £1500+ and I have seen the same pre-loved dresses from £250. Or would you consider hiring your dress?
The research by www.myvouchercodes.co.uk has also shown that couples place more importance on their venue than their transportation. I can second this as we have gone over budget on our venue because we wanted somewhere amazing for the photographs and for our friends and family to enjoy….plus we are not having any transport! There is no way I am sitting down in my beautiful dress until the photos have been taken…can you remember the back of Princess Diana’s dress when she got out of her carriage?!?!?
I know that we will not compromise on the venue, photographer, videographer and rings…..these things are important to us and will give us the lasting memories which are worth spending a good bulk of our budget on. We will consider hiring and buying other items second hand and may also be doing a little DIY to save money in other areas. I think it is important to sit down and work out what the most important elements of your wedding are to you and your partner and that is where to spend your budget. You can then look into saving money on other things whether that be buying second hand, hiring items or doing a little DIY!
Where is your budget being blown? Have you considered buying second hand or hiring? What are you planning on DIYing? I’d love to know all your little tips on how you are saving money on your wedding.