8 ways to save £19,000 on your wedding

Avoid summer and weekend weddings – save up to £7,300

While summer weddings are the most popular for Britons due to the more reliable weather, this choice comes at a steep price. Research by Bridebook found that June weddings cost an average of £7,300 more than those in January.

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Finance your honeymoon-£3,900

Many newlyweds spend so much time planning and budgeting for the wedding that a honeymoon can often be an afterthought. However, with the average honeymoon priced at £4,645, it’s definitely something that should be budgeted for.

Traditionally, wedding gifts were given to the couple to help them set up their home and start their life together as newlyweds. But, with more couples living together long before marriage, many people simply don’t need traditional wedding gifts like kitchen appliances or home accessories. However, your guests will generally still want to give you Something to send you on your way in married life.

Rent your dream wedding dress instead of buying it – save up to £3,524

After analyzing the 15 most popular wedding dresses to rent on My Wardrobe HQ, we found that the average dress can be rented for £194 for four days (which is the minimum rental period). That’s a staggering saving of £3,524 compared to buying the dress outright.

Be ruthless with your guest list – save up to £1,430

Research by Hitched found that the average couple spent £65 pp on food and drink for their wedding guests. If you’re planning a relatively large wedding with at least 100 guests, that’s over £6,500 spent on food and drink alone. If that makes you swallow as much as we do, then taking another look at your guest list might be on the cards.

Reduce your catering costs – save up to £1,943

Another way to reduce the cost of your guests is to think outside the box when it comes to catering. If you move your ceremony later in the afternoon, you will only need to feed your guests one meal instead of the traditional two. Given that the average couple spends £3,887 on catering, skipping one meal could cut your costs in half, a potential saving of £1,943.

Opt for a wedding website over physical invitations – save up to £500

While printed invitations are a nice keepsake of the day, they can end up being a lot more expensive than you thought or anticipated.

For example, if you want 50 sets (invitations, details card and RSVP) featuring calligraphy or other special finishing, it could cost upwards of £500. Alternatively, you can create a wedding website from The Knot or Getting Married, both of which are free.

Book the photographer for 8-10 hours instead of a full day – save up to £489

While having a good photographer is one of the most important parts of a wedding, it’s also one of the most expensive. When looking for a photographer, you need to think about the moments of your day that you want to capture. Do you want photos of you getting ready, or would having someone take photos add to your pre-wedding nerves?

By asking yourself these questions, you will find out if you should book a photographer for a full day (usually 12-14 hours) or just half. When they work half a day, they will still capture the most important moments, but it will be much cheaper.

Forget wedding favors – save up to £156

Wedding favors can be a lovely finishing touch that injects more of your personality into your wedding day. But given that they cost an average of £2 per guest, that makes a total of £156 when taking into account the average number of guests.

Unfortunately, after one drink too many, many guests may accidentally forget to take them home, or worse, remember to take them home, but throw them away once there. Such a waste! So choosing to forego wedding favors can put money back in your budget to spend elsewhere.

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