Saying ‘I do’ to savings: 10 tips for a budget-friendly wedding

Planning a wedding is an exciting journey, but it can also be a costly one. However, with some savvy strategies and smart decisions, you can have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. Instead of compromising, stay inspired and think creatively.

In this guide, we’ll delve into 10 ways to save money on your wedding without sacrificing on style or sophistication.

  1. Opt for digital invites

Save on printing and postage expenses by choosing digital save-the-dates and invitations. Guide your guests to a wedding website where they can access all essential details about your special day, such as venue information and RSVP options. For those who cherish physical mementos, consider sending a single insert card leading them to the digital invite. Alternatively, print a limited number of invites for those guests who appreciate keepsakes, including yourself!

  1. Bundle up

Consider booking a photography and videography package through the same supplier to potentially negotiate a better deal. This can help streamline your planning process and save you money on capturing precious moments. Create a list of other vendors who may also be able to offer bundle deals, such as hair and makeup artists, stylists and florists, and musicians who can also serve as your MC. 

  1. Discover local gems

Choose wedding vendors in close proximity to your venue to cut down on travel expenses and give a boost to local businesses. Not only does this save you money, but it also ensures that you’re supporting your community and working with professionals who are familiar with the ins and outs of your area.

  1. Say ‘I do’ and celebrate in one place

Choosing a venue that can accommodate both your ceremony and reception eliminates the need for additional transportation costs and simplifies logistics for you and your guests.

  1. Hire a wedding planner

It might sound counterintuitive, but hiring a wedding planner can actually be a smart move for keeping your budget in line—we’re not kidding! With expertise in negotiating with vendors and fine-tuning expenses can make all the difference in achieving your dream wedding without overspending. 

  1. Unlock off-peak perks

Consider scheduling your wedding during shoulder seasons, which are typically less expensive than peak wedding months. This can result in significant savings on venue fees and other services. Consider the charm of a cosy winter wedding or the possibility of a weekday celebration.  

  1. Combine your ceremony and reception florals for double the impact

Work with your florist to repurpose ceremony florals for the reception decor. This ensures that your flowers are utilised to their full potential and minimises wastage. Many florists also have a knack for styling, offering you the opportunity to maximise your decor’s potential. It’s a thoughtful, budget-friendly and environmentally conscious approach that adds an extra layer of elegance to your special day.

  1. Save on sweets

If you’re looking to save on dessert costs, consider downsizing your wedding cake or opting for alternative dessert options. You can also skip the traditional cake altogether and explore creative dessert alternatives that suit your tastes and budget. Or, keep the cake, but forget the dessert option on the menu — this means your cake will be more likely to be eaten and enjoyed too!

  1. Lean into ‘something borrowed’

Embrace the tradition of “something borrowed” by incorporating meaningful family heirlooms into your wedding attire and decor. Whether it’s a veil, jewellery, tie, cake knife, or topper, these borrowed items not only add a personal touch but also help you save money. It’s a beautiful way to honour loved ones and infuse your special day with sentimental value without a price tag.

  1. Set a budget, and keep it front of mind

Lastly, and most importantly, establish a budget and make it a priority to stay mindful of it throughout your planning process. Track every expense diligently, no matter how small, to gain a comprehensive understanding of your spending habits. For added convenience, consider using our app, ‘Let’s Predict It,’ which is tailored to forecast your total wedding expenditure based on factors such as guest count, reception venue, and chosen wedding package.

Ultimately, achieving your dream wedding without breaking the bank is absolutely possible. By implementing these savvy strategies, you can create a memorable celebration that reflects your love story, all while staying within your budget. The best part is, there are plenty more — from keeping it intimate with a smaller guest list, to choosing a venue that reflects your personal style, minimising the need for excessive decor, through to getting thrifty with your dream dress. 

Remember, it’s not about compromise — it’s about smart planning and prioritising what truly matters to you. If you’re hungry for more money-saving tips and personalised guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help turn your wedding dreams into a beautiful, budget-friendly reality.