10 ways to save money on your wedding

16 Jan 2018

Founder of Sell My Wedding, Rebecca Aspin, shares her top tips for saving the pennies and boosting the budget towards your big day

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Archant Bride has teamed up with Sell My Wedding, the pre-loved marketplace for stylish brides to buy and sell wedding items and readers can access the website directly from bridemagazine.co.uk/shop. Featuring more than 8,000 beautiful pre-loved wedding items, the site offers a wide selection - from dresses to decor. 

The online marketplace demonstrates how you don't have to over-spend to have the day of your dreams and here, founder of Sell My Wedding, Rebecca Aspin, details her top 10 ways you can save money on your wedding.

1. Do it yourself  

The trend to ‘Do It Yourself’ does not seem to be losing its popularity. From the invitations to the centrepieces to the food, an element of DIY pops up at most weddings, with some couples opting to do it all themselves. Why not learn calligraphy so you can write all your name cards and menus?

2. Family heirlooms

Since William gave Kate his mother’s engagement ring it has once again become acceptable rather than frugal, to pass on the family heirloom rather than buying brand new. Kate also followed the old fashioned mantra, ‘old new borrowed blue’ when she borrowed the Queen’s tiara to wear at her wedding. In this era of nostalgia, a make do and mend ethos and love of all things vintage is a much celebrated approach. And when it comes to the most important wedding purchase of them all, many brides are opting to have a dress made using vintage lace or fabric from their mother or grandmother’s wedding dress. 

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Image: Brandon Morgan via Unsplash

3. Favour friends

By calling upon the talents and creativity of your family and friends you can not only reduce costs, but add that element of DIY to your wedding day. My friend, Lucy, who had done a course in floristry made my bouquet and my bridesmaids’ as my wedding gift, my grandma baked a fruit cake which was served with the cheese, while my friends made up the favours – old fashioned bags of Yorkshire mixture.     

4. Crafty hens

Many hens have turned their backs on extravagant breaks abroad instead opting for a more low key, but equally fabulous, crafty affair in this country. Combine with #1 (DIY) to hold a craft party where you can make your veil or décor for your wedding.   

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Image: Zoriana Stakhniv via Unsplash

5. Mismatched bridesmaids' dresses 

I must admit I love the look of mismatched bridesmaids' dresses, particularly in cute floral prints – it is not only a great way to ensure that each bridesmaid is happy with how they look in a style that flatters, but most will be happy to buy their own dress if it is something that they love and will most likely wear again.  You never know, they may already have something in their wardrobe which is just perfect. 

6. Chalkboards

Chalkboards are cheap to buy in all shapes or sizes; alternatively you can make your own using old frames sourced from car boot sales or charity shops and some chalkboard paint or foil. You could then use the chalkboards as table numbers, menus or table plans – the beauty being that you can then re-use them after your wedding, by putting them up at home and using them as a memo board.

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Image: Ksenia Makagon via Unsplash

7. Village hall venue

If you are looking for a venue to add your own stamp to, why not check out the village halls in your area? As well as being a blank canvas, you can then bring in local suppliers to serve up your favourite food and drink. If you have the option to self cater why not source the food from your local butcher or greengrocer or encourage your venue to use one of your favourite local suppliers? Not only will it taste fresher, but it will reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding.

8. Jam jars and bottles

The best thing about jam jars and bottles is that they are free. Jam jars can be used on their own or as part of a cluster to display candles or cut flowers. Or how about cutting old champagne or wine bottles in half to display flowers, they perfectly suit a vintage themed wedding with a mix of old labels on show. Or simply use old bottles to display single stems all the way down a trestle table. The best thing is that when you have finished with them you can recycle at the bottle bank or pass onto another bride.

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Image: Annie Spratt via Unsplash

9. Staycation    

With so many luxury bed and breakfasts and fabulous foodie pubs with rooms in this country, there is no need for an expensive long haul flight to foreign climes when you can cosy away with your new husband or wife in a British bolthole. Many newlyweds are indeed opting to stay local choosing to take a mini-moon in this country.

10. Something old, something new

Gone is the stigma surrounding second-hand and pre-loved; brides are happy to source wedding items in charity shops, car boot sales, eBay and pre-loved wedding sites like Sell My Wedding. By using such sites you may be able to afford the wedding dress you fell in love with but couldn’t stretch to full price, or afford those centrepieces if you know you can make some money back by selling them afterwards.

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Image: Fiona Kelly

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