Things you should and shouldn’t spend lots of money on if on a budget.
- Videographer (if you really want one)
- Main Bouquet
Shouldn’t/don’t need to :
- Dress (sooo many cool dresses on the high street from whistles to asos! Plus sample sales!
- Flowers on the tables (tons of foliage with exposed wood tables and lots of candles looks just as cool or wild flowers in bottles).
- Shoes (no one really sees them and you can get cool ones on asos for cheap, some of my brides have gone barefoot!).
- Suits (Asos!)
- Cake (unless it’s your thing that everyone knows you for you don’t need anything elaborate and can have simple cakes that are just as amazing!
- Booze – go to Calais!
Money saving tips from my couples!
There are tons of ways to save money on your wedding so you can ensure the most important things are invested in. Things like entertainment, dresses, decoration and cakes you can get a little creative with saving you tons of money so you can invest in things that are more important like your photography, videographer, food and entertainment!
Need a car? Has a friend got a cool / vintage car you can borrow?
Saving you £300+
It doesn’t matter what car you use for your bridesmaids…
Try Asos bridal! They have an amazing wedding dress collection and so affordable! saving hundreds of pounds! or ask your favourite bridal shop when they will be having a sample sale! The bridal shops i recommend in my welcome pack have them at last twice a year! Or why not go vintage? It doesn’t have to be a ‘wedding dress’.
Saving you about £500-£1000+!
Below is by Alexa Chung
I’ve had many brides wear flip flops! you really dont need expensive shoes, they often dont get seen either! Go comfy! I bet your bridesmaids already have a pair of cute shoes too!
Keep it simple, some brides do their own! and put some flowers in a braid or a cute head piece. Or maybe you have a clever friend who can help? (brides jacket was from Topshop)
They really don’t have to be expensive or even match! Asos have an amazing range too! Try not to get the sparkly top dresses though as they are overdone now.
Have a clever friend make it or you can go down the M&S route and put lots of pretty flowers around it! Or even skip the cake entirely and get a donut wall or dont have one and just have an awesome desert table!
Handmade! pinterest is great for DIY wedding decor! not sure on savings for this one but obviously cheaper than buying!
A little of bit of time spread over say 4-6 months and you can make some fantastic home-made decorations!
Sophie loved pom poms and made them as table numbers, backdrops in her her bouquet! (below)
Get creative with place settings and table plans, copper, leaves….
Go to a flower market the day before or buy them from m&s and loosely fill vases or bottles… you really dont need to spend more than a couple of hundred pounds and them, maybe just get a florist to do your bouquets! I always say the only place not to scrimp on flowers is on your bouquet, the bigger the better! Small bouquets look lost in photos.
Tons of foliage and wild flowers…
Loose single flowers in bottles that you can have fun emptying over a few months 😉 Try not to do a gin theme though, as its soooo overdone now. I must have done 10 weddings with gin themes! lol
So theres a few ideas to keep you going and if you do them all you’ve just saved well over £2k! and this could even afford you to get some extra cool stuff like…
Personalised leather jacket from wolfandrosie.co.uk
or you can get an awesome neon sign! and you can hang it somewhere in your home afterwards! (doesn’t have to be this big of course!)
or that dream car you’ve always wanted for the day… and if you get my dream mustang i’ll give you £100 credit towards prints! ;p