Sunday, 1 July 2018

Wedding : Where To Spend And Where To Save

It's no secret that weddings are expensive; word on the street is that the average UK wedding costs £24,000, which is more than a lot of us earn in a year. Seeing as that is the average, I'm assuming a lot of people can feasibly pay that, however for those that can't I thought I'd do a post on where we saved the big bucks as well as the areas that we did spend money on to make our day really special. This isn't necessarily a wedding on a budget post because you could definitely do it for cheaper than we did, but we tried to make it as cheap as possible while still making it our own, having it how we wanted and also making sure our guests had a nice time! Obviously, every single point in this post is subjective to what you want to do with your day, but this is what worked for us. I don't want to come across as strongly opinionated because I know from experience that it's really frustrating to read opinions on weddings when you're getting married so you do you and all that, but this is how we did us!


Ceremony - The cheapest possible way to do a wedding ceremony would be in a registry office on a weekday and although we wanted a fairly laid back ceremony, we did want it to feel personal to us and we wanted to have everything happen in one place to make it easier for everyone. We also wanted to get married on a Saturday so that there was a higher possibility that everyone would be able to make it especially as some of our friends are teachers. Getting married on a Saturday and at our venue was the most expensive option registrar-wise, but it was definitely worth it.

Food - We managed to save on our food by only feeding people once due to getting married later on in the day so we wanted the food that we did provide to be nice! It still wasn't super expensive, but when you have guests making the effort to come from potentially quite far away you want to give them a good meal, plus people will always remember the food!

Entertainment - We knew that we wanted a band and this is something I spent a long time shopping around for. Very early on we found The Jukebox Band, but kind of discounted them due to them being a little pricier than others. However, after a lot of searching, we realised that we just wouldn't be able to find what we really wanted unless we paid for it so we went with The Jukebox Band and they were incredible. The entertainment is so important for both the couple's and the guests' enjoyment of the whole wedding so it's definitely worth shelling out for if you can. The dance floor was full all night and we've had so many people tell us how much they enjoyed the band.


Venue - This is in the save category, but realistically there isn't really any wedding venue that's cheap, just cheaper. However the cheaper venues are usually the ones you can really make your own, plus they can be more flexible in terms of what you can do; we did absolutely everything at the venue, we could decorate it however we wanted and we were able to have a BBQ there the morning after too.

Outfits - As I mentioned in my last wedding post, I couldn't justify spending loads on something I'd wear just for one day and I'd definitely recommend outfits as something to save on because you can get some great cheaper options. Outlets or even somewhere like ASOS are good for dresses and a suit for the groom can easily be found on the high street too. Bridesmaids dresses can be so affordable from a lot of high street shops these days and we didn't even bother with matching suits for the groomsmen; they simply wore whatever they wanted with a buttonhole to identify them.

Transport - I'm not really into cars and seeing as we were having everything in one place it would have seemed silly to hire any transport especially seeing as nobody saw us arrive. Obviously if you're going onto somewhere else I suppose it's nice to have that time alone together in the car after the ceremony, but it would still be the first thing I'd save on.

Flowers - One thing I learnt when doing my own flowers is that people really don't look all that closely at them. Flowers are nice and if you have them around they will look nice and it's really as simple as that. Obviously, if you don't feel confident doing them or would rather not then don't, but I really enjoyed doing my own flowers and it was a huge saving.

Photographer - Now I ummed and ahhed about which category to put this in because I think having nice photos of your wedding day is so important and lovely to look back on. However, it was something that we saved on because we had a friend who could do them. I would also say that everyone is taking pictures on your wedding day so you do end up with lots. I'd say save on this if you know you have someone who will do a good job, but if you're not sure then spend because I know I'd be gutted if I didn't have our nice photos to look back on!

What would you spend and save on? Or if you've already got married what did you do?

Amy x


  1. I think we saved lots cause my dresses were like £80 in total and I was okay not spending crazy amount on a gown I wouldn't be able to wear again! Same with the photographer - we had a really nice friend who took great shots :) I think when I eventually do our 'big reception' (as ine was jus the civil ceremony) but I'd have to think of bigger budget things but definitely won't go crazy on things... ha.

    Cherie ✿

    1. Definitely agree about the dress! And your photos were beautiful :) Yeah it's important to keep your head screwed on haha xx

  2. I would love to do my own version of this post when we get married :) It was so interesting to read! xx

    1. Ah yeah that would be so interesting to read! xx

  3. This was so fun to read! Can definitely agree on the food being important, it leaves such a lasting impression.

    Shann Eileen |

  4. Thanks so much for the tips, I totally agree with you about the transport!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

    1. We just didn't feel there was any point! Thank you xx

  5. You've made some brilliant points in this post, Amy! Spending money on food definitely sounds like a good idea haha ;) Plus, saving on flowers sounds about right, I'm always amazed by how much can be spent on floral arrangements for just one day - makes you kind of wish the guests could each take some of the flowers home, you know? haha :) x

    1. I actually did give my guests some flowers to take home haha, I'd done some arrangements for the tables and it seemed a shame for them to go to waste as we were going on honeymoon! xx

  6. Thanks for the idea, dear!

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