When J and I decided to get married, one of the first things we agreed on was that we don't want to spend a fortune on it. We want to have an amazing day, surrounded by friends and family, with nice food and a cute venue - but we don't want to have years of our lives where we can't do anything just because of one day. In the end, we worked out a little preliminary budget and it came in at just under £4,000. You might blanch at that figure with all those zeroes in any other situation, but we felt very lucky to even get a venue under that price! Here's my ideas so far for keeping your wedding costs down without sacrificing your day;
ONE. Keep track of your budget
I'm running our budget through Google Drive, meaning I have access to it through my phone at all times and can check what we've budgeted, and what we've spent. Having a definite budget in the first place is a great idea anyway, it gives you an idea of how much you have as a limit and if you manage to get money off from somewhere like myvouchercodes then all the better - you can either save that money or add a bit more to the honeymoon fund.
TWO. Plan what you need and then what you want
Eesh, this is one I need to follow a bit more - I'd bought a big paperchase haul of decorations before we'd even managed to find a venue! thankfully J is there to rein me in a bit, and we've now got the essentials sorted meaning we can focus on the bits and pieces that aren't essential but are lovely to have.
THREE. Charity Shops and Etsy Bargains
My secret weapon in wedding hunting is sites like eBay and Etsy, or even just a trip to the high street Charity Shops; the wedding industry is insanely expensive and if you're having a more alternative theme - something vintage or 70s - you can pick up some amazing bits for cheap online or second-hand, and hiring is also a fantastic idea that it seems loads of brides are getting in on! Also, it makes me feel great to know that I've got something different or unique for my own day.
FOUR. Enlist Friends and Family
This is a great idea for people whose family and friends want to get involved. My MoH Sophie is constantly finding me cute bits and pieces for the wedding, and my Mum and sister are forever posting things to my Pinterest board of cheap DIYs and cute ideas for cheap. Not to mention, I'm definitely nabbing some vases and decorations from my Parent's house for the ceremony; it's personal, and even better it's free!
I'd love to know any more ideas or wisdom you have for having a cheap wedding, it'd be really helpful!