A Wedding For £5K
Welcome to the first of our getting married on a budget series. In this series we'll give you an example wedding for a set budget to show you how to make the most of your money and how much things really cost.
We're starting out with £5,000 which is 1/6 of the average budget according to 2016 research from Brides Magazine. Don't despair, if your total budget is £5,000 we've got some tips on how you can have the day of your dreams. However, we'd suggest following these two rules - keep it small and keep it simple.
Firstly let's get the legal stuff out of the way, if you get married in your local registry office or church you can do away with a high venue cost.
If you head to a local restaurant for dinner instead of an events space most will charge you a minimum spend rather than a hire fee. Keep your guest list small, by small we mean about 20 people and you can afford to feed and water people with good food and good wine.
Rent an area in a bar or a local hall for the evening and stick to a playlist if you're providing the entertainment and a cash bar for the drinks. You've already had a hot meal so go for sandwiches, crisps and other snacks for the buffet food. Enlist the help of some of your friends to make them in advance and you've got a low cost buffet that everyone will enjoy.
Brides have never had it better for budget bridal wear, in the past couple of months alone Top Shop and Boohoo have both announced a bridal collection. This gorgeous gown from Phase Eight is only £595, and try the department stores for shoes on sale like these from Jenny Packham.
And let's not forget the boys, back to the high street again. Next do a brilliant range in suits, you can get the whole shebang for about £200. When it comes to the best man, pick someone with a suit and they can wear their own!
Buy off the shelf rather than getting them made. Paperchase do a great range of invitations, place cards and thank you cards.
Keep the bouquets and buttonholes sweet and simple and just enough to dress the tables. Always go seasonal and work with a local florist or assign a trusted member of the wedding to buy flowers beforehand and create your own bouquet, buttonholes and centrepieces. Some flowers are cheaper than others, try Baby's Breath, Roses or greenery. Flowers and foliage cost more on scale so keep the volume low.
Keep the wedding rings cheap, you can always upgrade in the years to come. If your DIY or call in favours for your hair and make up and cake you'll save a fortune. And there is no need to splash out on a fancy wedding car, stick to taxi's, they might not look as pretty but they'll still get you to the church on time. That should leave you with a decent chunk or change for a photographer. This is a place where it's best not to skimp too much as the photos will be the keep sake of your day.
Registry Office: £1000
Attire (including rings): £987
Catering for 20 people: £1550
DIY Evening Buffet: £200