Getting Married? – Here are some tips to help you save a few pennies
So you’ve decided to get married and amongst many other important decisions you have to think about, one of the first things to consider is venue and location. Is it your dream to have a huge church wedding and swanky reception, catering for over 300 guest or have you always imagined you and your partner walking bare foot on a white beach with a steel pan playing in the background surrounded by only your nearest and dearest. Either way there are many things to consider when deciding on where to make that life long commitment!
Budget plays a big part in the type of wedding you decide to have so the first thing you need to do is work out exactly how much money you have to spend. Also, you will need to consider who you want to invite to your wedding as if it is impartial for you to have your 82 year old grandmother attend, then maybe a destination wedding would be inappropriate unless she already lives in the country you have chosen. When making your decision you must also think about the financial situation of your invitees. Sadly not everyone will be able to afford to make it should you decide to get married abroad. If you do choose to have a destination wedding try and let your guests know as far in advance as possible about location, costs and payment plans. On a whole, destination weddings can work out to be a lot cheaper than UK weddings but be careful as it is very easy for costs to spiral out of control.
UK weddings can work out to be very expensive with the average wedding working out to be around 20k. Think about how necessary it is to have that ice sculpture you always envisioned or how necessary it is to invite Susan, who you haven’t spoken to since the age of 8!
These things may not seem like a lot at the time but they all add up so be sure to stay in control. Set a budget and stick to it!
Consider having your wedding on a weekday instead of a weekend. This could save you a few thousand pounds and if you give your guest enough notice, taking time of work for your wedding shouldn’t be too difficult. Also, there are certain times in the year such as autumn where the price of venues is considerably cheaper than say in spring.
Another money saving tip is to have a buffet service. It is understandable why people choose silver service on their wedding day but a common thing at weddings when using silver service is that your guest are still hungry after the meal and in a lot of venues your guests have to order the same course with the exception of those guests with specific dietary requirements which is just plain boring. Call me a scenic but those guests with dietary requirements are the lucky ones. With a buffet your guests can have variety and the portions are larger leaving fewer guests wondering what else is on the menu or having to leave the reception early due to starvation!
When sourcing vendors use a wedding planner as they should be able to get you discounted rates from reputable wedding suppliers. Make use of free online wedding sites too but always remember to check the reviews or ask for references. Instead of hiring photo booths give someone from your bridal party a Polaroid camera and ask them to take photo’s of your guests, attach the photo’s to the guest book and make guests write their personal messages beside their photo! This is a nice touch and should save you a
The main thing is to be sensible and to plan! Make your guest list and stick to it! It can be so easy to get carried away. If you’re worried about on the day coordination why not hire a wedding coordinator for the day. This way you and your bridal party can focus on getting ready and looking forward to what should be the happiest day of your life!
Cost effective ways to decorate your wedding reception venue:
When finding a wedding reception venue it can often be quite difficult to envision what you can do with the venue to make it look elegant and special for your wedding day without breaking the bank! Especially if your venue is very large and has an empty feel about it.
We have come up with a few ideas that will have your venue looking magical and as most of these ideas can be done by you, keeping your credit card out of the red may be easier than you think.
1. Hanging Paper Lanterns
These are often used to decorate marquees or for outdoor decorations but why not use them inside for a romantic dim lighting effect. If you have a large room that looks too open and empty, these lanterns can make the room look more filled and decorated. These lanterns come battery operated or can be attached by an electrical lighting system.
A top table backdrop is ideal if you want that little something extra behind the top table. They are great for hiding walls that are a bit tatty or unattractive venue areas such as storage cupboards. These back drops look stunning in your wedding photo’s and can be hired in different colours and styles, with or without fairy lights. Backdrops can vary in price depending on the size and type but even a standard backdrop can make a different to the appearance of any venue.
3. Wall & Ceiling Drapes
Wall & ceiling drapes can make the plainest venue look magical. These drapes are usually made from tulle or organza material. Tulle is easier to work with and cheaper than organza. Also tulle does not have a finished edge and has a light airy feel to it so I would highly recommend using it. Draping is something that you could do yourself but if you find you are feeling unsure, why not give your local drape supplier a visit and ask them for the easiest recommended way to hang the material. You could also consider adding fairy lights to your drapes to give your venue some extra sparkle.
Why not add fairy lights to window drapes. When doing this you should try not to over do it as your event may end up looking like Christmas party rather than a wedding. You could make these lights run along your bar area or around any pillars or poles you may have in the room.
Flowers can make the biggest difference when decorating a venue. Why not hire 4 pillars and place 2 on either side of your top table and the other 2 at the back of the venue. Place large flower arrangements in large vases on them. These can be made with either real or artificial flowers. The good thing about these arrangements is you can make them yourself! If you don’t feel confident enough to try making these yourself then why not buy some flower foam from ebay, 3 bunches of your favourite flowers and try it for fun. I’m quite sure you’ll be surprised by your end result. Vases for your displays can also be hired at low prices, just shop around.
Balloons can be an inexpensive way to decorate your venue. You can choose colours that match your colour scheme and can create lovely balloon bouquets yourself. When using balloons be careful, as they can sometimes look tacky and can make an event look like a children’s party if not done properly. Get it right, and this can be a cheap and stunning way to decorate your venue.
Mood lighting can make a huge difference to any room. Try placing lights behind drapes or curtains in the room. Be sure to use LED lights as you may find yourself putting out a fire if you don’t! Try using different colours around the room. Consider having a strobe lighting effect on your dance area as this can make the dance floor look more inviting to guests. Please take into consideration any guests that may suffer from epilepsy as strobe lights could bring on an epileptic fit.
There are many different ideas and suggestions to save you money so put your mind and creative skills to the test and see what you can come up with. Good Luck!