Some people believe you don’t need to be rich to have the perfect wedding day, and it’s true. So here are our top 5 ideas to save money on your wedding budget.


From wedding favours to the wedding cake, you can get crafty by making them yourself. Creating some of the little bits and bobs for the big day can save quite a few pennies, with craft shops supplying all kinds of things to make your wedding unique.

Know your contacts

We all know someone, who knows someone that can help us out when we need it most. Ask friends and family to ask around their contacts, or you may even know someone yourself.

If you’re lucky enough to have a friend, who specialises in floristry, wedding cakes or even dresses you may be able to have their services for a special price.

Just don’t forget to return the favour!

Keep the wedding cake low-key

Some couples love to splash out on the wedding cake, with tier-after-tier of sugary goodness. However, this can be expensive, so check your list of wedding guests and provide enough cake to go around.

If you are set on having a lavish cake, some businesses can create ‘fake tiers’ for a small extra charge, to keep the cake looking extravagantly huge.

The vintage wedding dress

If you’re not fussed about your wedding dress being brand new, search for businesses that supply second-hand dresses and you’ll be surprised at some of the bargains. Some boutiques even offer a hire service so you can wear that gorgeous designer dress for just a fraction of the price.

Charity shops also have some hidden gems so it’s always worth rummaging around. After all, you do need something old! Dress makers can alter the dress and accessorise it, so you can still have a dress that’s yours.

Revise the guest list

Each person you invite to your wedding adds more money to the fund, so be wise about who you want to invite.

One of the most costly aspects of a wedding is the reception dinner. Plan carefully and estimate how much it would be per head. Caterers can also provide an estimated price to make it easier for you to decide on the number of guests.

Some couples keep the cost low by inviting immediate friends and family to the ceremony and reception meal, then asking the rest of the guests to join the celebrations in the evening.

Just make sure it’s clear on the wedding invite!