Getting married should be the most amazing and wonderful day of your life, it should be a celebration that you remember forever. The problem for many couples, however, is the cost. Weddings are just so expensive. The average cost of a UK wedding is just over £20,000 – that’s a lot of money for just one day.
Many couples make the mistake of thinking that if they can’t afford to spend a lot, they can’t have a beautiful wedding. But the truth is, if you opt to go down the DIY route, you can cut costs and make your wedding more intimate and memorable. With a bit of creativity, you can even add a sense of luxury to your big day.
To give you an idea of how easy it is to make your wedding special without a big budget, we have put together a handy guide, below:
Invitations and Save-the-dates
If you opt to get your invites and save-the-dates created by a professional, you can expect to pay hundreds. Seeing as most of them will probably be thrown away after the wedding, it seems like a bit of a waste.
The good news is that your wedding invitations and save-the-dates are things that you can make yourself. And the chances are that if you opt to do so, they’ll be prettier and more unique than those made by a design company. For inspiration, have a look on Pinterest – there are always some great ideas on here.
The flowers can be one of the most expensive parts of any wedding. Luckily, if you’re someone who’s creative and willing to put in the time, you can go down the DIY route when it comes to your wedding flowers. With a little practice, you can create some beautiful wedding flowers. (If you’re nervous, you could always take a flower arranging course.)
You’ll need to spend some time working out what flowers will be around at the time of your wedding. It’s important to realise that different flowers bloom at different times. So you need to work out what will be in flower at the time of your wedding and choose your favourites. You can opt to grow the flowers yourself, or you can buy them from a flower supplier. (If you’re not confident growing them yourself, it’s best to buy from a vendor.)
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you have to buy the favours because that’s not the case. Sometimes, a homemade favour can be much nicer than something that’s shop bought. It can be hard to know what favours to give out – the best way to go about it is to think about the theme of your wedding. For instance, for a vintage-inspired wedding, a jar of retro sweets decorated with ribbon could make the ideal favour.
There are so many simple DIY favours that you could opt for. From homemade candles to bottles of olive oil and rosemary – both of which are easy to make, the options are limitless. It’s just a case of getting creative and thinking outside the box.
Hair and Makeup
Most brides opt to hire a hair stylist and makeup artist for their big day, but the truth is this is an unnecessary expense. We all deserve to look and feel beautiful on our wedding day, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pay for expensive services.
Instead, consider doing your own hair and makeup. With a little practice and the help from a few YouTube tutorials, you can do your hair and makeup yourself. If you’re going to go down this route, just make sure to leave yourself plenty of time to practice.
So there you have it, all the best ways to cut the cost of your wedding.