How to reduce the cost of your wedding

If you want to save money on your wedding day, why not read our great five tips for saving money on your wedding day. These are easy and simple tips that can help cut down the costs on one of the most expensive days of your life, make it your perfect wedding day but don't break the bank doing it!

1. Do not get married on a Saturday

The first tip is really simple, just do not get married on a Saturday. It is simple really, the majority of weddings take place on a Saturday and anyone providing you a wedding related service will always charge you full price because this is the only day of the week that they are guaranteed work. If you get married on an alternative date, you should be able to negotiate at least a 10% reduction in the cost of any of your services.

2. Always buy your goods and services from local providers

You will tend to get a better quality of product or service anyway but will avoid the higher delivery charges imposed by national suppliers. Think of it logically, if you are buying a generic product, buy it locally and make the supplier remove the delivery costs. This tip is very relevant for products such as wedding invitations and wedding stationary, wedding clothing and event services such as evening entertainment, chocolate fondues and ice sculptures.

3. Money management

Make a list of products and services that you will buy and a budget then put a value against each service so that you do not spend over your budget. Now, in the wedding industry, there tends to be a massive divergence in prices for products and services that are not vastly different in terms of quality. Take wedding stationary for example, if you search really hard, you will always be able to find a cheaper supplier for wedding stationary and it is really easy to make yourself. Stick to your budget and if you better you budget against one area, do not automatically spend your saving in an additional area as you will always find that last minute item that you completely forgot about.

4. Buy second hand products

Ok, many people will turn their noses up at this one but think about it! A wedding dress is usually only ever worn once, even if it is for sale second hand, it has still usually only be worn once. If you have an issue with this or are ashamed, there is an easy way out, just do not tell anyone, they will never know and you can save yourself a small fortune. There are even websites to help you with this from ebay to specialist wedding gown exchanges but if you are on a budget, it is a really simple way to save money.

5. Buy second hand wedding rings

Wedding rings are really expensive, you often pay over the top just because it is a wedding ring and your suppliers know this! There is an alternative which is typically cheaper and gets you a wedding ring of a much higher quality and that is buying second hand. Before you turn away, this does not mean going to your local second hand shop or pawn broker, it means visiting an antiques dealer because they will often have the most beautiful antique wedding rings at substantially lower prices than your local retailer for a brand new ring! Not only will you save money, you often buy a product that is much better quality, better made and has a history with it!

6. Have your wedding reception at home

You don't have to pay out for a venue and you can get family and friends to help with the wedding catering, food and drinks for your wedding. Ok you might need a bit of space so you could always rent out the village hall which will probably only set you back a comparatively small amount. This would also help to create a more informal wedding atmosphere if you don't want a stereotypical wedding day.

7. Borrow a friends car for your wedding day

Everyone knows someone who knows someone who is really rich, why not ask to borrow their car for the day. You may have to pay for the petrol or send them an invite for the evening but this is a really easy way to save you lots of money and you still get to ride in a nice car! It doesn't have to be fantastic, a decent Range Rover or an older Mercedes would always look good with some ribbons and decorations.

8. Make your own wedding invitations and wedding stationary

With modern day computing, internet and printing, this is a really simple solution that could save you lots of money. You can easily create wedding place cards yourself, just buy some high quality paper and create the table settings on your computer. The same can be said for your hymn sheets, just copy the songs from a hymn book or the internet and you have your own hymn sheet. You could also create your own personalised wedding invitation for each guests and send them a more personal invite for your wedding day.

9. Get mothers and mother in laws to create your own bridal bouquets and dress the church with flowers

Lets face it, most mothers and mother in laws love a bit of flower arrangement for weddings so this creates some happy families and saves you money at the same time. If they don't want to do it, why not ask your local flower arrangement club to do it as a project and just pay for the materials yourself. This way you should get some great bouquets without having to pay out a small fortune!

10. Get your local band in for the evening entertainment

It gives them a chance to showcase their skills and music and they are often a lot cheaper than a professional dj although it may be worth checking out their music beforehand just to make sure that you like their style. Alternatively, ask a friend who likes music to do it for you, hire a PA system and off they go, you can even choose the music for them!