How to Have Your Dream Wedding on a Budget

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If you dream of a fairytale wedding but you don’t have the budget to match, there are plenty of tweaks you can make so that your perfect day is affordable. Here’s how to have your dream wedding on a budget.

Set a realistic budget, and stick to it

First things first, you should always set a realistic budget for your wedding and stick to it, despite all the impulse buys and temptations that will come your way. It can be tempting to blow the budget on something frivolous, but keep the big spending for the essentials.

Use Pinterest for inspiration, but don’t get caught up in the idea of perfection

Yes, you want your wedding day to be perfect, but remember that much of what you see on Pinterest will be styled shoots with models, high-end designers, and stylists on hand to make everything look dreamy. You don’t need all that, you just need the elements of your day to reflect you and your theme, and you don’t have to blow the budget to achieve that.

It’s who you know

If you need to stick to a budget, you’d be amazed at how much money you can shave off by asking friends and family to help out. Do you have a friend who’s a master baker? They could save you £100’s on a wedding cake. Do you know a good seamstress or DJ? Every little bit of help adds up.

Think hard about your theme

Generally, the more elements there are to your day, the more expensive it’s going to be. Budget-friendly weddings tend to be the simple, modern, and minimalist weddings. For example, keeping everything crisp and white with a hint of colour can look expensive while being fairly cheap to pull off.

It doesn’t have to be all about flowers

There’s no getting away from it, wedding flowers can be expensive, so why not save some pennies by using other less costly items for décor that tie in with your theme? Candles always look amazing, and depending on the time of year, things from nature and seasonal items like acorns and foliage can make for some creative and stylish centrepieces.

Shop around

Look online for some great deals on things like place cards and wedding invitations, or see if a local business will do you a good deal. Of course, if you’re crafty, you can make your own exactly the way you want them.

Hire a planner

Okay, so this might seem extravagant if you’re on a tight budget. You might think ‘can I afford to hire a planner?’ My question to you would be can you afford not to? We plan weddings to suit all budgets and remember that a planner has a lot of contacts and knows where to source exactly what you need at a good price. Having someone else to handle the logistic never hurts on the run up to the big day either!

Never, ever scrimp on these things

Your wedding photographer

After the honeymoon has become a distant memory and your dress has been packed away, your wedding photos are the only real lasting memory of the day, so hire the best photographer that you can afford. I have seen couples forgo professional wedding photography and live to regret it.

Event planner/dresser

You’re probably thinking ‘you would say that’ but it’s true. If you want the wedding of your dreams and you want your venue to wow your guests and look show-stopping in the photographs, no matter your budget, hire an event planner. When it comes to weddings, there are some things you can definitely do yourself, but having an expert on hand to create your vision of your perfect day will make such a difference; you won’t regret it!

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