Weddings can be so expensive – here are 5 things that you might think will save you money – but actually won’t.
Until you actually plan a wedding, it can be difficult to get your head around just how much everything costs. Budgets can quickly go out of the window even for the most savvy of wedding planners. Here are a few thing that you might be considering to save yourself money – that actually may end up costing money instead.
1. Hiring Suits
We seriously considered hiring suits for our wedding. In the end it was looking so expensive we decided against it. Many high-street shops offer competitive prices on suits and this also takes away the stress or having to get them all rounded up and returned to the shop after the wedding. Plus, the state my husband ended up in on our wedding night I am so glad we didn’t have to give his suit back!
We bought our suits from Next – they all fitted well and we saved money by ordering them across 3 different next accounts to get the online new customer discount of £20. You can find more info about it here. If you are looking for a super budget option Primark do a wide range of suits starting from around £40.
2. All inclusive wedding packages
All inclusive packages always sound like a budget friendly option until you sit down and actually look at your numbers. They can work well for those planning a smaller wedding, of say 40 or less.
If you are having a larger wedding they often charge a massively inflated rate for additional guests, meaning the cost of having those extra guests could outweigh the savings made by having an all inclusive package in the first place. Make sure you have really done your sums before committing.
3. DIY Everything
DIY weddings are all the rage thanks to Pinterest and all its wonderful pictures and tutorials. Realistically, DIYing every single part of your wedding is just not possible, no matter how creative and crafty you are. Or how much time you think you have. It can be surprising how much real life gets in the way. We spent the month before our wedding living in and a running a pub. Something we never would have predicted happening when we booked our wedding 18 months before.
I have seen many brides dashing out the night before the wedding to buy a table plan or favours because they have simply run out of time. Also, crafting supplies can be pretty pricey, so it may actually be cheaper paying someone else to do it for you.
My advice would be to pick one or two ideas that you really love and do them really well. It will be less stressful and you will feel far more relaxed without a mountain of half finished DIY projects cluttering up your house.
4. Buying a dress from China
Cheap dresses from China are all the rage for today’s budget Brides. While reviews remain mixed -(I have seen some horror stories and some absolute stunners) personally, I would not want to risk my money. It may ‘only’ be £80-£100 but that’s money you could be putting towards a quality dress.
5. Bringing Your own Booze
Bringing your own booze may seem like the answer to venues pricey wine offerings. Make sure you check the price of corkage first. I have seen venues charge as much as £9 a bottle corkage, making their £14.99 house plonk seem suddenly more appealing. Also think of the hassle of buying, storing and transporting all the aforementioned booze to the wedding right before your big day.
I speak from experience. At our wedding we had a completely DIY bar. I wish we hadn’t.
Problems included the barman we were going to use being taking ill just before the wedding. He was providing the kegeraters. As we could no longer use them we had to buy in cans from the supermarket at the last minute.
One of the barrels of ale we bought was damaged in the back of the van and leaked half of it’s contents on the hour long drive to our wedding venue. Not fun. Also the alcohol we bought for our groomsmen was accidentally put behind the bar and sold, meaning half our gifts to them were missing.
For me, wedding planning was really stressful and there are so many things I wish we had differently. I hope this list helps you save some money and really consider your options. I have also written about why I wish we had spent more money on our wedding.