Kerry Poulter, Wedding and Event Coordinator
Brides staffers, industry experts and real brides reveal some of the stealthiest ways to slash your big-day budget.
IF YOU’RE REALLY KEEN TO HOST A FREE BAR
But want to swerve the cost of super-pricey spirits, offer guests their fill of beer, wine and one signature wedding-themed cocktail, instead of a completely open bar. Your guests will still be happy (and topped up) and you could save thousands…’
By having fewer but larger tables that held more guests, we cut down the number of centrepieces and decorations.
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We wanted our day to be as personal as possible, so chose to make our own wedding rings, which was a great money-saving exercise, too! We spent a really fun afternoon with an expert and ended up with completely unique rings, all for around £250.’ (BRIDES TIP: Try makeweddingrings.co.uk) Samantha Buckingham, London (married on 4th June 2016)
Needed – and it meant lots of our guests had met each other by the end of dinner!’
Lauren Clews, Wigan (married on 1st J uly 2017)
‘Why not consider tweaking the timings of your day?
Having your ceremony in | the morning could leave you with additional costs to keep your guests fed, watered and entertained for longer. If you plan to party into the night, opt for an afternoon ceremony that will blend seamlessly into the evening’s events – then you’ll get to enjoy a lie-in and more prep time with your maids, too!’ Liesl Lamare, wedding planner and director of Lamare London
‘Once you’ve decided your = wedding date, work with your chosen season when it i comes to food and flowers. i Bouquets filled with out-of.
‘Repurpose floral arrangements. Ask your florist to consider this in your design – pew decorations can double up as table centrepieces, to save you forking out for ceremony and reception separately. Then you can ask one or two of your guests to transport the blooms from one place to another.’
season blooms and menus full of difficult-to-source ingredients will easily bump up your budget.’
‘It can pay to travel. Our wedding was in my native Croatia, but Prosecco is so much cheaper in Italy, so we . hired a van, drove across the border and stocked up there instead. The same goes for asking friends and family if they can pick up your cake/ decor/giant light-up letters, to avoid paying delivery.’ Rhianan Zuliani, Surrey (married on 2nd July 2016)
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