How to Plan a Cost-Effective Wedding in 2023

Everyone knows that weddings can get very expensive as there are a lot of things to think about and to organise. Sometimes the idea of this can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to start. There are plenty of ways to create a wedding that you will love and remember without spending more money than you would like to. Here are some tips to help you through your planning process of a cost-effective wedding.

Plan a budget

This sounds simple but choosing what parts of the wedding to prioritise can be difficult. The first step is to sit down with your partner and discuss how much you are willing to spend on the wedding. This is important because you need to both agree on the things that are important enough for you to spend your hard earned money on. The budget doesn’t have to be perfect straight away, the main thing is that you have a rough estimate of the amount and you try to stay within that limit. You can always alter the budget as you go along and rearrange it.  Doing a budget can lead to some big decisions, like whether you want a big or a small wedding and what type of venue you may want to get married in. These are only a couple of the factors you have to consider but they are a good start to making a guideline for your budget.


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Choosing your wedding date & guestlist 

Knowing when you want to get married and how many guests you want at the wedding can make the process easier and can really help you to save money. When you’re looking at wedding dates, consider marrying on a weekday or outside of the main wedding season as these options can be more economical.We know that trying to put together a guestlist can be one of the hardest things to do because you don’t want to make anyone feel left out. However, having a small intimate wedding could be a better fit for you. This allows just your closest friends and family to witness your special moment and it cuts down on some of the costs when it comes to the wedding meal and reception.


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Keeping your options open

It is good to keep your options open when it comes to all aspects of the wedding whether it is venues, entertainment or the wedding dress. Searching around for the best deals can take some time and patience but often means you get terrific value. Make a plan to check out several wedding venues to compare the prices, figure out which is the most affordable and most importantly where you can see yourself getting married or having the reception. Venues often include wedding packages which makes organising your wedding much simpler. The venue and the wedding team will have connections to bands for the music, florists etc. so ask for their recommendations. Attending wedding showcases could be beneficial as you may get discounted prices through the vendors and you can really get a sense of the venue or supplier in question.


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Ask Family & Friends

Your family and friends can be a great support for you and your partner while making your choices about your wedding, especially if they’ve organised their own wedding themselves. They can share their advice with you and they may know someone or be someone who can help with your wedding preparation to take some of the pressure off you.  Friends and family could also get involved if you’re thinking of doing some DIY for your wedding. The DIY options for weddings are endless and they can definitely make your wedding more affordable. 


We hope that these tips will be a help to you when you’re organising your big day and that they will give you inspiration on how to make your day affordable. Your wedding day is one of the most special days in your life, so we wish you the best of luck with the planning process and a lifetime of happiness for the future!



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