Your wedding will probably be the biggest day of your life and quite possibly the most expensive too. Once the question has been popped, it’s time to start thinking about planning your wedding. Don’t be surprised that when you mention the word “wedding”, the costs start mounting quicker than you can say ‘I do’.
The cost of an average wedding is now a whopping £17,674. Unsurprisingly Londoners can add a few thousand onto that, as the average London wedding is around £24,000. The average engagement is now approximately 20 months, so by the time your big day arrives you may have had two years of planning to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, which means you could easily have blown your budget throughout that time.
What if you could have your dream day, without breaking the bank? Here are our top 5 tips to ensure you get your special day and stick to your budget:
Find your creative flare
Pinterest is full of inspiration without having to shell out on bridal magazines. Start by setting up separate boards which you can theme. One for the ceremony, another for tableware, dresses, food and so on. You’ll quickly realise you have a particular style you prefer, which ensures you stick to a theme, saving money in the long run. Pinterest is also a great place to get be inspired to get started on some wedding DIY, just remember to give yourself enough time!
Don’t be a slave to tradition
So many people think you need to follow traditions when it comes to weddings but this simply isn’t the case. Depending how many guests you have and what you choose, wedding favours can add to your budget so don’t feel compelled to give them to every guest. Perhaps offer a favour per table or try a DIY approach! There are lots of other traditions you can ignore saving you money and leaving you to spend on the areas that are special to you.
Gifts for the Bridesmaids
Your bridesmaids are such a big part of your day, chances are you’ll want to thank them by buying them a special gift. The problem is trying to find them a present that feels really special and something that they will be able to use again. Think about treating them to something really individual. Gorgeous personalised gowns are the perfect gift for your special day. You get to treat your bridesmaid AND they are picture perfect for the ‘getting ready’ bridal shots your photographer will take of you all together.
Trust your own instinct
From your cousin to your next door neighbour – everyone will have an opinion on what you should be doing on your big day! Just because they had white doves released at the church, doesn’t mean you have to. When it comes to keeping a friendly budget, think… Will I really miss this if I don’t have it?
Enjoying the day is the most important thing at your wedding! You may have a budget, but you should still treat yourself. Think about what makes you feel special. You will want to feel amazing on your wedding night. Consider investing in some beautiful nightwear and a pamper night!
The important thing to remember is that paying more, doesn’t always mean it’s better. It can be hugely rewarding creating the wedding of your dreams and not just following the crowd. The most important thing is to remember it’s you and your partner’s big day, so do what makes you both happy.
At Green and Pink we are all about quality but with affordable prices, and your big day should be no different. Find out more about our personalisable range of bridal nightwear during The National Wedding Show Olympia, stand B30