5 Top Tips for Cutting Your Wedding Costs

Paula Gorry, Demonstrator Development Manager, Stampin’ Up! UK

In 2017, the costs of a wedding in the UK was up 9.6 per cent compared to 2016. [1] With wedding prices continually rising, now is the perfect time to think about the best ways of cutting costs without forfeiting quality. Although your wedding will undoubtedly be one of the happiest days of your life, it doesn’t necessarily need to be the most expensive. Take the stress out of sticking to your budget by following these crafty top rips for saving money on your nuptials.

Hand- make your invites

Creating your own invitations is a perfect way to pinch the pennies and still send beautifully crafted invites, with a personal touch. Work out how many invites you’ll need to make, then you can decide on the complexity of your design. Make sure to pick a co-ordinating colour palette to achieve a consistent and professional look, adding in embellishments such as buttons, ribbon or gems to enhance your overall style.

Send a thoughtful thank you

With making invitations being so simple, it makes sense yo do the same with your save the dates and thank you cards. The techniques are largely the same and with added opportunity for personalisation, your guests will be sure to appreciate the added effort. Small additions like colour co-ordinating the envelopes or ink will emphasise your thoughtfulness.

Ask your best friend to bake

Your wedding cake is an easy way to save some sterling as most of  us know someone who is great at baking. Asking a friend or family member if they’s like to make your cake is a great way of making them feel involved in the big day, and comes at a much lower price than hiring a professional.

If you don’t know anyone that bakes, there are still easy ways to minimise costs. Get creative and consider a layered tower of cookies, cupcakes or doughnuts or choose your favourite sweet (or savoury) treat of choice!

Decorate with your own stye

Why not consider making your own decorations? It’s a fun and easy way to cut costs and truly organise your wedding to your own taste. For rustic weddings, you can make bunting for a light-hearted and low-key look. If big and bold is more your style, think about creating your own centrepieces are a great wilt-free option for the summer, or if you want to keep it real, think about sourcing and arranging flowers yourself instead if employing a florist.

Get smarter with your stationary

From table plans, name places, signs and guest books, your wedding stationary costs all start to add up. There are plenty of inexpensive hacks for creating your own professional looking stationary. Think about using stamp sets, dies or stencils, for example, to create a perfect look in keeping with your wedding theme. Don’t forge presentation –  be in a thrifty frame or mirror for a vintage theme, or use large potted plants for a floral wedding.

These are just a few easy ways to keep your wedding costs . down, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Spread the creativity and invite your bridal party to get involved and give you a helping hand – saving money and having fun whilst planning your wedding has never been so easy.

[[1]] https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/average-british-wedding-cost-uk-27000-hitched-venue-honeymoon-food-london-midlands-a7937551.html


Bands for Hire

Every wedding is an event we all look up to, especially for couple to wed and their family and friends. From he engagement activities to the save-the-date, invitations, gowns and tux, name it everyone is anticipating the big day! In all the parts of the wedding, there is music played. This is very important because music sets the mood and it can solidify your wedding theme.

What type of music then suits your wedding. Most popular is hiring talented band or DJ. So how do you decide on what you want? Here are some tips from us.

  1. Genre- the type of music can set the tone of your wedding so choose the best that reflects your personalities and inspires the ambience you want to create.
  2. Variety – be sure that whoever is playing on your wedding will cater to your guests of all ages.
  3. Budget – While they say that the DJs costs less than live bands, think again if it’s a celebrity DJ you are hiring. The budget also includes the prices of musicians, amount of time you want to play for them, day of the week (holiday) and what time of year it is.
  4. Venue Space – consider this if its a live band. The reception must be able to accommodate not only the people playing but their musical equipments as well.

Whatever you’ve decide, let us know because we’ve got partners to play for your wedding day!


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