There was a time when weddings were organised exclusively for Summer.
Who could blame a young couple for wanting to get married in the height of the English heat?
With the weather being so variable here in the UK, it’s easy to see why marrying couples would want to hedge their bets and get hitched during June-August. However, with the marriage business being as big as it is today, finding a desirable wedding venue during the high season is starting to become an expensive challenge. With the rising costs of catering, wedding dresses and waiting staff, it’s no surprise that I’m starting to receive more bookings for Wedding Day photography during the less traditional months of September-March.
Having worked at countless Weddings over the years, I’ve seen how different these special days can be. In recent years, I’ve been surprised and impressed by the different ways that young couples have found ways of reducing the overall cost of their big day, so I thought I’d share a few of the best ones here with you:
Enlist friends and family where you can
Everyone loves a wedding – it’s an excuse to have a drink, laugh and dance. It’s up to you how well you treat your guests, but not everyone expects to be waited on hand and foot. If you’re short handed when it comes to drinks servers or even need a hand with transportation, you should ask around with friends and family before hiring staff. Often guests like nothing more than making themselves useful, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Create your own decorations and invitations
The amount of money that could be spent on ancillary things such as invitations and place cards is limitless. Whilst the aesthetics of these functional items might well serve to demonstrate your style or taste, they are by no means compulsory. If you take the time to design and make your own invitations then you can save money, these little touches will also feel more personal for your guests.
Buy secondhand formal attire
Understandably, there’s a certain stigma around wearing a used wedding dress. Brides want to feel special on their big day and the idea of wearing a used dress doesn’t exactly scream ‘best day of my life’. Still, with the demand for vintage dresses as high as it’s ever been, you have to ask yourself if it really matters, especially when you could save hundreds of pounds in the process – the same also applies for bridesmaid’s dresses and suits for the guys.
Book one venue for the service and party
This last tip is very much dependent on what kind of wedding you’re going to have. If you’re from a religious background, partying in your local church or synagogue probably isn’t going to be an option. However, if you’re comfortable getting married in a less formal setting, then there’s no reason why you can’t combine the reception and service venue.