Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Planning a Wedding on a Budget

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I'm sure you already know unless you managed to miss my many posts on Instagram, tweets or this sappy blog post that I'm getting married next year (although ironically I've just realised I'm not wearing my engagement ring as I write this post - I haven't left the house today OK?). I'm not going to do too many wedding-related posts until after the event (when I will be spamming until you probably all unfollow me) mainly because I don't really want to give too much away and would rather wait until afterwards to share the details. However I thought I would do a post about planning a wedding on a budget. We're extremely lucky that my parents are paying for our venue, registrar and food, but just because they're paying for those things doesn't mean we want to spend the earth on our wedding. In fact we agreed that we'd plan the wedding as if we were paying for everything ourselves because we wouldn't want my parents to spend money that we wouldn't be happy spending as that would just be silly. 

When you start planning a wedding its easy to see how people do end up spending a lot. These days there just seem to be so many elements and add-ons available, plus put the word 'wedding' in front of anything and it seems to add a fair few £££. The average price for a wedding in the UK is now £24,000 (according to Bride's Magazine) and that just seems ridiculous to me. That's a house deposit. I totally get that people want to have the perfect day, but to me one day just isn't worth all that money and I hope to prove that you can have a lovely wedding without spending too much.


The venue | Firstly we knew we wanted everything to happen in one place, which already completely cuts out the need for transport from the ceremony to the reception. That wasn't actually our reason for wanting everything in one place, we just thought it would be easier and the day would run smoother, but we've managed to save that in the process. We also knew we wanted a flexible venue where we could pretty much do everything ourselves, which cuts costs as well as making sure the day is completely your own so we've gone for somewhere that's almost a blank canvas so we can do our own thing. 

The food | This is where I'm going to hide behind my hands because our wedding is just over eight months away and we still haven't booked a caterer - minor detail right? We're having our ceremony late in the day, which means we're only going to have to feed people once so straight away that's saved money - again, our reasoning wasn't actually to save money, but more to not have a long drawn out wedding (nice one making it sound like an execution Amy).

The entertainment | Again, this is something we haven't booked yet - whoops, I am not panicking AT ALL. We have looked around a lot though and I think we've managed to narrow it down to a few bands (we decided band over DJ after going to my friend's wedding and her band being amazing). It's difficult to know where to start when looking for a band, but websites like Headliner make it much easier. You can search by area, genre and budget to narrow down your choices, listen to previews of each band and then even book them through the website so you're not sending money to someone you're not sure if you can trust or not. The website was actually set up when the founders had trouble finding a band on a budget for their wedding so there are a lot of affordable options on there including some very unique and less 'stereotypical' wedding bands.  

The outfits | I may not have booked a caterer or entertainment, but I have bought my dress so that's the main thing isn't it? I managed my goal of getting one for under £200 as it came in at £199. Outlets are definitely the way to go with wedding dresses, I saw some gorgeous ones in the one boutique we went to, but over £1000 on a dress I'm going to wear once? No thank you. Bridesmaids dresses will most likely be from Asos and we're not actually planning on matching suits for the best man and ushers, they can pretty much wear what they want and we'll buy them matching ties or a buttonhole to differentiate them as part of the bridal party. 

The details | Because of the venue being very DIY it leaves everything up to us, which I love. Here is probably where you could spend a lot of money, but I'm planning on doing my own flowers, we're doing our own centrepieces/decorations and also providing our own alcohol (thank you very much Sainsbury's for your 25% off 6 bottles or more deal). We're also designing our own invitations and having them printed, which is even cheaper than pre-bought invitations. Looking at what you could spend on these things makes my mind boggle so I'm very glad we're doing it all ourselves.


If you're planning your own wedding I'd love to know your tips. Have you come across Headliner?

Amy x

This post was kindly sponsored by Headliner, but all words and opinions my own. 

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  1. Ooh I loved this wedding update Amy, it's so exciting to hear about other peoples plans! xxx


    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Thanks lovely, yeah I love nosying at other people's ideas! xx

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  2. a lot opf people think you cant have a wedding without breaking the bank. But it is possible and easy.
    The Glossychic

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    1. Yes exactly, you can definitely have a nice wedding on a budget :)

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  3. Totally with you on thinking the average price of a wedding in the UK has become a bit ridiculous. A friend of mine went into six figures and I just.... can't understand why?! On one day?! Can't wait to see your wedding dress Amy, and great idea to get the bridesmaid dresses from ASOS! So many options!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Worldwide Giveaway: Hotel Chocolat Halloween Hamper! x

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    1. It's crazy isn't it, glad it's not just me that thinks that's ridiculous! xx

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  4. Sounds like you're making good progress! I used to have a Saturday job when I was at school in the wedding industry and it's unbelievable how stressed people get over what's supposed to be the happiest day of their lives - enjoy the process!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. I definitely want to try and avoid too much stress! Thanks Rosanna :)xx

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  5. I had a very budget wedding and I can honestly say the hideously expensive weddings I've attended are no more fun nor memorable than the well budgeted ones x

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    1. I totally agree, I've been to such a mixture of weddings budget-wise and my favourite was probably the lowest budget of all of them! xx

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  6. I can't believe how crazy expensive the average wedding is! Ours was half that and we're still paying it off! Sounds like you've got some good money saving plans in place x

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    1. It's insane isn't it! Yeah hopefully won't end up being too much! xx

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  7. I can't quite believe how much weddings cost! The mist important thing to do like you say is have something that is important to you. Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. It's crazy isn't it! Thanks Gemma, you too xx

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  8. Eeeeeeeek this is so exciting! It is insane how much weddings cost and I totally understand what you mean about not wanting your parents to spend money you wouldnt be willing to spend yourselves, I would be the same. Absolutely love the idea of all the DIY elements, I bet they will make it so fun and personal (despite probably being a lot of work) and I can see you being so good at that kind of thing! Loved this xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. Yes they'll definitely make it more personal and I'm sure I'll love doing/making them (maybe won't be loving it when I realise how much I've got to do haha!) xx

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  9. This is so helpful! Ben and I are literally terrified of the cost of a wedding. We're still clipping coupons for our weekly groceries! How can we afford a $5,000 venue! But this just shows if you plan well, you can pull it off :). Can't wait to see your final event!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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    1. Aw I'm so glad it was helpful! It can definitely be done on a budget :) xx

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  10. Girl I absolutely LOVED this post - it is completely crazy how much money people spend on weddings; my best friend just got married and it genuinely makes my eyes water thinking about it! I also really love the DIY/personal touch too and it's so great that it brings the cost down! I already know your wedding is going to be SO stunning! <3

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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    1. It's insane isn't it! Aw thank you, I hope it's going to be stunning haha! xx

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  11. Glad I stumbled upon your wedding posts! I am planning my own wedding too so your posts definitely helps a lot!

    Angelie // We’re engaged!

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    1. Aw I'm glad you stumbled upon them too, thanks for reading I'm so glad it was helpful! xx

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