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Saving for your wedding day

July 23, 2019

With the average wedding costing £17,674, getting married is an expensive business. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to cut your costs without compromising on making your day one that you and your partner will look back on and cherish forever. With our tips, you could reduce your spending by up to £10,000!

Read on to find out what you can cut out of your day to save money, how to make some décor and accessories yourself, and where to find the perfect wedding dress for less.

Save the date

There is such a thing as the wedding season – the time of year brides and grooms are most likely to tie the knot – and it usually coincides with the warmer summer months when good weather is more likely.

It is also the busiest time and therefore the most expensive for your nuptials. With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at the cheapest times of year to consider planning your wedding around to save some money while still creating the perfect day.

Something borrowed or something new

Have you always dreamed of waltzing down the aisle in a beautiful gown to greet your true love and say I do, but are worried about spending as much as £1,378 – the amount the average bride spends on her dress?

Bridal dress shops offer the ultimate experience and the opportunity to try on all kinds of gowns to find out what your dream dress looks like. However, for some, this premium experience and the cost of the gowns may feel out of reach of your budget.

Alternative venues

Only a quarter of couples get married in religious buildings these days, so when it comes to where you say ‘I do’, there’s an awful lot of choice.

If you prefer a more hands-on approach – and are looking to save a lot of money – consider booking an alternative venue. We’ve featured some inspiration below: from back gardens to village halls to forested areas, the world is your oyster when it comes to that special ceremony and the celebrations after.

Cut it out

Many of us have an idea of what our dream wedding looks like and while flying in by helicopter or having a Maserati deliver you to the church door sounds great, budget doesn’t always allow it.

The average cost of a budget UK wedding now sits at around £17,674 – a large amount but not quite the astronomical figures of recent years. Weddings with all the trimmings can be as much as £27,000. When it comes to cutting costs, there are some elements that can definitely be taken out to save you some pennies.

These savings could mean you have enough to expand your dinner options or add some fun activities to your honeymoon plans. Check out our suggestions below.

Thinking thrifty

Your dream wedding for less. Planning a wedding on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. You can organise a stunning day at a fraction of the price with these tips and tricks.

DIY wedding decorations

Crafts that save you cash. The little things add up, so finding the time to do a bit of DIY could save you some money on your wedding day. Here, we have some inspiration and mini-tutorials on how to make your own buttonholes, table numbers and place names. You can make these yourself, or get the whole wedding party involved!

Pinterest Dreams

Inspired savings – Pinterest is brimming with gorgeous wedding photography and lots of inspiration but some of those magnificent table settings or elaborate backdrops come at a pretty steep price. Here are some of the most popular themes on Pinterest and some tips on how to recreate the theme of your dreams for a little less.

“Let’s talk money honey”

Just like not everybody’s a born painter, being good with money doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and establishing sensible financial habits often comes from experience over time. Many of us may wish we were completely on the ball with our finances, but just don’t know quite where to start. This is where Money Savvy comes in. In this section of Good Vibes, we focus on how to be savvier with your money, whether you’re buying, saving or aiming to live within your means.

Life hacks

We get it– you want to cut your spending without compromising on your lifestyle. At Good Vibes, we know how to be savvy with money, where to cut corners, and what you could be swapping to end up with a better deal and more money in your pocket.

That happened

Get the low down on important stuff. When things happen in the world, people often wonder how it will affect them. We want to find out how far away events can impact your life, and let you know how to take control.

Stress not

Tips to feel awesome in life. At times, life can be stressful for any number of reasons – especially if you’re living on a budget. Sometimes, learning ways to manage your finances is the first step to reducing your stress levels, but other times we all need something else to help us unwind. Luckily, we’re here to cover all things stress-busting to help you relax and get back to the important stuff.

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