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10 budget wedding hacks

Getting married can be one of the most expensive days of your life. But if you want a few budget wedding hacks that are simple and easy to do then take a look at our list.

1. High Street Wedding Dress

high street wedding dress ideas

A wedding dress is probably the main thing that every bride to be has imagined since they were a little girl, and designers know that! Wedding dress prices can reach into the tens of thousands, but if your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far for a dress, then consider buying from the high street. This gorgeous lace, vintage wedding dress with bow detailing on its back is only £150 from BHS. Not only will it save you money in the wedding pot, you can also support a local business by taking it to a nearby seamstress to make it fit like a glove for around £60.

 2. Forgo the Champagne

wedding drinks hacks alternatives pimms

Prosecco is the king of comeback drinks and has steadily risen in its popularity to overtake champagne in its sales; largely due to its cheaper price tag. Talk to your venue about a stylish prosecco to compliment your meal ready for the speeches. Or, if you’re having your speeches separate from your wedding breakfast you could serve seasonal drinks such as jugs of Pimms for a summer wedding, or glasses of warmed mulled cider for a winter wedding. These jugs of drinks are kinder on the purse strings and will go further too.

3. Print your own wedding invitations

free customisable printable wedding invitations

Save easy money on expensive wedding invitations by buying a stack of good quality paper and topping up your printer ink. There are lots of beautiful and professional looking wedding invitations available for free on the internet. We found lots on PrintableInvitationKits where we discovered this vintage looking chalkboard wedding invitation and along with coordinating  save the date cards.

4. Cheat with the cake

wedding cake toppers budget wedding hack ideas

Ordering a wedding cake and choosing the decorations from a professional is a pricey necessity, or is it? There are a few ways that you can cheat with the cake! Buy plainly iced wedding cakes from M & S, prices start from just £8 and decorate them yourself by tying a co-coordinating ribbon around it, and place some fresh wedding flowers in between the layers  – you don’t need to a Bake Off champion to make it look amazing. To finish it off add a show stopping cake topper, we love the monogram topper, available here, and the simple but effective wedding bunting, both a steal for under £30.

5. Hog Roast for evening

hog roast wedding ideas

The latter part of wedding is a time for everybody to re group and share stories before celebrating into the night with the evening’s entertainment. A buffet is priced per head, and more often than not there is a surplus of food left over at the end of the night going to waste. Hiring a hog roast for your wedding is a tasty alternative to a buffet. With prices starting at just £490 to feed 50 guests at the HotHogRoastCompany, this is an idea that’s perfect for any weather.

 6. Choose a weekday wedding

weekday wedding budget idea

Consider holding your wedding on a weekday instead of a weekend. A Friday wedding is perfect for your wedding guests who can book a day off of work and have a long weekend. They can let loose at your nuptials without worrying about a school day hangover. The price difference between the different days can be staggering, some venues double their prices for a weekend wedding date with exactly the same package. Be smart and take advantage of the discrepancy.

7. DIY venue decorations

Tin can DIY wedding decorations

The cost of venue decorations can mount up if you’re hiring somebody to do it for you or even if you’re decorating the space yourself. We love the versatility of the humble baked bean can! Stripped down or painted (using cheap tester pots) to compliment your colour scheme, fill with flowers normally reserved for bulking out bouquets such as baby’s breath or add a large single bloom to make a bold statement. We found the copper tin can idea on Shelterness and these vintage hanging cans from JoyEverAfter.

8. Frugal wedding favours

frugal wedding favour ideas eco seed packets

Bulk buying wedding favours is a brilliant way to keep costs low on those little extras that add pounds to your wedding total. We love the idea of giving out eco friendly seeds, found on PopSugar. They’re a lovely keepsake of the day that people can plant and enjoy long after your wedding day. Buy these paper seed bags from Etsy and have them customised with your wedding details for free! Add in seasonal flower seeds that are only a few pence per packet from garden centres and ta dah! you’ve made your own thoughtful (and frugal) wedding favours.

9. Make up tutorials

kate middleton wedding make up tutorial
Image Credit: Martin Meissner/AP

Hiring somebody to come to your house or venue to do your make up can be a pricey job. Whilst some salons offer discounted rates for the wedding party like bridesmaids and mother of the bride if they’re booked all together, often this is a luxurious extra than can be done without. MarieClaire suggests taking inspiration from the radiant Kate Middleton on her wedding day, who after a make up tutorial did her own bridal make up. We love this wedding make up tutorial by TheMakeUpChair, it’s an easy step by step guide and it gives you an affordable, high street make up shopping list.

10. Good advice

wedding advice hacks money saving

Finally, our favourite tip from ThriftyMrs is to try to NEVER mention that ‘W’ (wedding) word when booking and ordering bits and pieces, your price can triple before your eyes.

If you’ve got a good money saving idea that your using for your wedding or if we’ve inspired you, comment below and let us know.





Benita loves the finer details of wedding planning. She passes on her big day tips and top finds to help you create the wedding of your dreams.