Money. It could possibly be the last wedding taboo, right?
We know it can be hard to talk about money. But weddings aren’t free and saving for your wedding day can be an enormous task. However, there are lots of ways you can save pennies and pounds for your special day.
As the cost-of-living increases, we know saving can be hard or stressful. We’ve listed some of our tried and tested methods to help you save for your big day. However, it’s important to remember, your wedding doesn’t have to cost your life savings. The benefit of a DIY wedding is you can decide where to spend your money. You can prioritise your spending. This allows you to know all your savings are going on the parts of the wedding you really want. Not the elements you feel you should have.
Money-Saving Tips For Your Wedding Day
Set a goal. This means you need to create a plan. How much do you need to save? How much can you save? Break your saving goal into a monthly amount and stick to it. When you have a set goal, it can help you to say ‘no’ to spending on luxuries or non-essential items. Remember, it’s not forever! You have a goal with a deadline, so you can keep a tight purse for a time.
Create a separate bank account for your wedding savings and expenses. Separating your money can help you to save. As you don’t think you’ve got extra or ‘spare money’ to spend. It can also be very rewarding when you see your savings stack up.
Use a budget tracker. You can find free trackers online, or if you love a spreadsheet, even create your own. Bridge Magazine has a free tracker you can use. When you track your spending and saving, it helps you to stick to the plan. Keeping you accountable to your saving goals and minimising overspends – as you’re watching where every penny goes.
Your Wedding, Your Way
The best way to save for your wedding is to consider each element and decide if you really want it to be part of your wedding, or if you feel like you should have it. If you look at each element of your wedding in this way, examine it, and question it — you could save money by eliminating it. For example, wedding favours, wedding cocktails, evening buffets, even bridesmaids! Don’t be afraid to ditch tradition and only spend on what you really care about.
DIY Doesn’t Always Mean Cheaper
We couldn’t finish this blog post without reminding you that DIY doesn’t always mean cheaper. Of course, DIY can make your special day cheaper – as we’ve said, it allows you to call the shots. But if you’re not careful, costs can accumulate quickly, so be sure to keep a tight log of your spending and consider your purchases. Impulse buys can often be the culprit for rising wedding bills.
Make a plan and stick to it! You’ll soon start seeing your savings grow and it will all be worth it when you get to celebrate your amazing wedding day.
If you get married at Hargate Hall, you always have the option to ask your guests to contribute to the cost of their accommodation. Most guests would expect to pay for a hotel room, and they aren’t getting just a one-night stay – with a Hargate wedding they will be experiencing a whole weekend away! If you share the costs of your wedding this way, the cost per person is very reasonable.
Call us on 01298 872591 to talk about your special day. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates you’d like to book, and we’ll get straight back to you. We can talk you through some of the ways you could save money by deciding to go DIY! When you book your wedding with Hargate Hall, you’ll also have access to our wedding Facebook group. This is a special group for past and present couples to share ideas, tips and money-saving solutions for your big day.
DIY Budget Wedding Masterclass
Welcome to our DIY Wedding Budget Masterclass, where we’re here to turn your dream wedding into a reality without breaking the bank! In this video, we’ll guide you through some tips and tricks to help you with the wedding planning process, while keeping a keen eye on your budget. Get ready to learn the art of prioritising, and realising ideas without (or maybe with!) compromising on your special day. Let’s embark on this budget-friendly wedding journey together.