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There’s no doubt about it – Getting married is expensive. Recoup some of your cash with these easy ideas to make money after your wedding.
The post wedding period can feel a little bit flat – especially if you spent a substantial amount of money on the big day and are now feeling the pinch post nuptials. If you want to give both yourself and your finances a bit of boost take a look at my tips to make money after your wedding.
Make Money After your Wedding
Post wedding blues are definitely a thing for some people. For me personally I was glad all the stress of planning was over and was able go back to a life without spending every minute stressing about the wedding and finally sort the itinerary for our Las Vegas Honeymoon.
While I understand these ideas might not be for everyone if looking at the mountains of wedding paraphernalia is making you feel sad now might be the time to do something about. Don’t feel you have to get rid of everything either – for the moment there is no way I would sell my wedding dress and veil. However, I really didn’t need to keep 22 cake stands or 55 tea cups.
Those had to go!
1. Get Selling
If you’ve been left with loads of wedding ‘stuff’ post nuptials, selling it on is probably the cheapest and quickest way to make money after your wedding.
I managed to sell the bulk of my leftover wedding items on a local Wedding Selling group on Facebook. This was ideal as it meant no eBay fees and generally people were happy to come and collect it from me – so no postage costs or endless trips to the post office either.
However with selling on Facebook, there is always the possibility you might get messed around and eBay does offer the best level of protection for your money and goods. If you need some tips for selling on eBay see this Fantasitc Post from Ruth Makes Money.
That said, selling online is a growing Market and there are more and more places you can sell your stuff popping up each day – so it’s pretty easy to avoid eBay if you want to. Many of these are apps which are simply downloaded to a smartphone, add some pics and away you go!
10 Places to sell your unwanted wedding Items
Now, I’m not advocating that you should complain for the sake of it. But if you genuinely feel that something was bad enough at your wedding – something that was in full control of the staff on the day (not the weather, for example!) then you are well within your rights to complain and possibly ask for some sort of remuneration.
Weddings are crazy expensive for a reason. It’s such a big important day to so many and people do expect the highest standards, it’s what you’re paying for after all. If you do not feel these have not been met and were not dealt with appropriately at the time, a letter or email explaining why you felt this way and what you would like to be done about it may be a good idea going forwards.
It could also help the supplier involved improve their services for future couples.
3. Sell your Skills
This could be another great way to make money after your wedding.
Was there something you loved doing in the run up to your wedding? Maybe you’ve discovered your a dab hand at creating wedding invites or making personalized favors? Did find a love a for floristry and all things flower related?
Why not make the most of your new found skill set and try selling them, either locally or online.
If this is a route you do decide to go down, don’t forget to consider the following:
- Factor in the cost of your time as well as the cost of materials – you want to make sure you’re at least earning minimum wage for your efforts.
- You will need to register with HMRC and declare any earnings to them.
- If you plan to keep a day job along side your new venture, make sure your current contract allows it.
- If you plan to sell at wedding fayre’s and country fete’s bare in mind there is often a fee for doing so.
- If you sell on Etsy, eBay etc remember there will be fees for selling there too.
Eeeek another slightly controversial one.
This is topic was widely discussed among the money blogging community post Christmas and the lovely Faith Archer from Much More With Less went on Good morning Britain to discuss it with a former royal butler (you can find her post on it here!). Being the thrifty folk we are in the UK Money Blogging Community the general consensus is that it’s okay to regift but I am aware that not everyone feels the same.
However, if post wedding you find yourself with a lot of the same items- 5 toasters for example – it may be worth putting some away for gifts come Christmas or Birthdays later in the year, especially if you’ve been gifted something you don’t like such as wine or prosecco or something you already have. Just make sure you add a note of gave it to you as you don’t want to accidentally give it back to them!
While this won’t directly make any money as such, it could save you a substantial amount later on in the year when there’s less birthday or Christmas gifts to buy. The money saved could then be put towards something more worthwhile.
5. Sell Unwanted Gift Cards on Zeek
Another way to make money after your wedding could be by selling any unwanted gift cards to Zeek. Gift cards do seem to be a popular choice for wedding gifts, as people often don’t want to give cash – but unless you’ve specify exactly where you’d like them to be from you may end with some for places you’ll never shop at – or possibly don’t even have near you.
While by selling with Zeek you will loose a little of the overall value (there are fees to pay plus the giftcard must go on sale with at least 1% discount) you will be cash richer and have money to spend wherever you would like, rather than being restricted to one place.
Or you could then buy more giftcards for places you would actually like to shop. All giftcards for sale on Zeek are discounted so you be saving money too.
6. Wedding Raffle
So, I’ve been dithering over whether or not to include this option. There are some legalities involved and it could quite end up being more hassle than it’s worth. It could also end up making you a pretty penny if you have a lot of wedding stuff to sell and the thought of selling eBay fills you with dread. If you do decided to go down this route, please, please, please do your research first.
I’m sure many of you have seen people raffling off houses – you pay £2 for a ticket and then are entered into the prize draw once all the tickets have been sold. I don’t see why you couldn’t do this with a wedding as long you want to rid of everything including wedding dress etc. Many people buy secondhand anyway so I can’t see that it’s been previously used being an issue.
You do need to ask a question for entry and I would advise getting as much advice as possible before going ahead (inlcuding from the UK Gambling Comission)