So far we have decided an all inclusive wedding package would be cheaper than individually sorting stuff out. Less stress too. Problem is there's a few venues we like with really cheap packages (off season) but one will have something another doesn't but that other one will have something else that appeals...if you get what I mean lol. It's very frustrating.
There's a wedding dress outlet near us with second hand/ex display dresses so that'll help.
But then there's the cake, the marriage fees (OMG!), disco, flowers and other decorations (we'd like an Alice in wonderland inspired look if possible)
I'm getting so excited because we just went to OHs brothers wedding and its started me off lol. We'd love to be married next year but with lack of money it probably won't be until at least 2015.
Part of me wants to say 'screw it, lets go to a registry office!' But we'd probably regret not having a nicer ceremony.
Tips on budget? Okay, calculate your budget, then take a third of that away if it's small (under £5k) and a quarter of it away if it's large. You WILL need the extra money but it'll be on something totally unexpected that you forgot about or that cost more than you expected or that you found and just absolutely must have! And if you don't need the money, then it's great to have as savings or for a treat or holiday or next Christmas. I wish I'd done this. It's no fun scrimping and saving for every little thing.
I think the key is deciding three different things...
1- what you can't get married without; eg registrar fee's, a venue, something to wear. that should be the basic budget- what can we afford after paying for those essential things?
2- things that are sometimes a 'priority' but can be worked around to suit a budget- so flowers-florist or fake?, whether you want a cake, some sort of food for your guests, a photographer (remember, it's memories you'll actually get back from your day!) etc
3- things that you would have at your wedding in an ideal world if you could afford them- eg a toastmaster, a band, canapés etc etc.
Well said Donna! Also, remember that you don't need things just because they're the norm. Loads of people spend £300 on a cake, £500 on a DJ etc without considering other options, nor whether they actually want or need them!
Thanks guys! We are trying to find the cheapest ways of doing things but its like when you find something good, another price tag pops up for something else. We don't mind having a cheap cake, I think my OH can get a cheap rate on a photographer. The rings can be plain (I can't wear diamonds for work anywho).
I need to think of getting a suit for him and his best man, dress for maid of honor. I know we don't need a disco but it would be nice so suppose we can shop around. I was going to have two page boys but suppose their dad could get them any smart suits.
I just mean you can think outside of the box, like an iPod and speakers is free if you borrow them, or you could do what we're doing and have a record player and records, or even look locally for a small band. Not that there's anything wrong with a DJ, it was just an example really!
We have gone for a package deal and then are pulling in favours and lots of DIY for the rest. We have a friend who is a dj, a friend who is a pastry chef doing the cake, im decorating it myself. Im making invites, table plan, name places, centre pieces and even my own bouquet. An amazing DIY website is martha stewart. Im making my bouquets out of crepe paperwhich will cost me about £4 for all 3!
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