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How to save money on your wedding

Posted: Thursday April 09, 2015

Although it often seems that weddings come with a big price tag, there are ways of cutting your wedding budget without cutting out elements that will make your day special and perfect for you. 

As a result of hosting and planning thousands of weddings over the past ten years, Braxted Park has picked up many tips for saving money on wedding planning:

1)     Plan early - Give yourself plenty of time to organise your wedding so there’s plenty of lots of time to shop around for good deals and get lots of quotes from suppliers.  This means you are more likely to get a bargain.

2)     But consider a late booking.  Many venues, including Braxted Park, will offer great packages for last minute bookings.  Take a look at Braxted Park’s late availability here

3)     Reduce the size of your wedding party.  Bridesmaids’ dresses, shoes and jewellery alongside ushers’ suits will significantly add to the cost of your wedding.  Why not just have one of each, or consider asking them to wear their own clothes and shoes?

4)     Combine place cards and favours.  Adding simple name tags to any favours you leave on the table means that these can double up as place names.  Keep your favours simple, though – you can easily add hundreds to your wedding budget.

5)     Honeymoon in the UK.  You don’t need to splash out on a honeymoon in a far flung corner of the word.  Some of the most romantic destinations can be found right here in Blightly.

6)     Keep your flowers seasonal and simple.  Give your florist a budget and a colour scheme and let them work their magic.  Don’t specify flowers unless you are certain of the cost, and try to keep them seasonal to reduce the cost.  Roses and lilies, for example, are much more expensive than freesias, gerberas and allium.

7)     A single stem can sometimes be more effective than a large bouquet and is certainly easier to carry down the aisle.  This one saving could save you £100 on your wedding budget

8)     Don’t spend big money on your wedding jewellery.  Remember “something borrowed” and raid your mum or Nan’s jewellery box as there is bound to be something suitable there.

9)     Rent the groom’s suit.  Rented suits can be really high quality these days, meaning your groom can wear a well fitted, good quality suit at a fraction of the cost of buying one.

10)  Shop around for your dress.  The top price for a dress can be thousands of pounds, and is often the biggest single expense of any wedding.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Many high street shops have a wedding dress range, and sample sales are a great way of picking up a bargain designer dress.  Also consider your mum or Nan’s wedding dress – retro styles are very much in fashion now and they will probably be honoured that you have asked them.

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