Planning your wedding day is exciting and romantic. All of those ideas you’ve dreamed about forever can now come into fruition. But, it’s easy to get caught up in the wonder of organising the lavish day of your dreams without considering the budget. In the UK, the average wedding costs around £30,000 which is a sizeable chunk of money. And, for those with stricter budgets, it may seem daunting knowing how and where you can save money without scrimping on your memories.

With the rise in Pinterest, there are a whole host of ways you can have the wedding of a lifetime on a budget.

Hone down your guest list

It can be tempting to invite everyone’s third cousin twice. However, every single guest will cost you additional money. If you can, hone down your list to the people you’d feel lost without if they weren’t there on your special day.

Consider a weekday wedding

Although weekends are usually more convenient, they are also some of the most expensive times to get married. Weddings throughout the week are almost always considerably cheaper and, if you’ve honed down your list, you may have more chance of people putting the effort in and accepting your invite.

Negotiate on prices

Most suppliers are open to negotiation. Do your research and go in with a fair price. Bartering is one of the basic keys towards achieving anything at a lower price.

Online RSVPs

More and more people choose to host online websites where guests can RSVP and read up on the day’s itinerary. Not only is this highly convenient, it eliminates the cost of your pre-paying for postage charges.


Consider a buffet instead of a sit-down meal. Guests are allowed to choose the exact food items that take their fancy and you’ll save significantly too.

Seasonal wedding flowers

Picking seasonal flowers for your decorations and bouquet will reduce your florist costs. And, as any married couple will tell you, flowers can rack up considerable bills if you’re not careful.

DIY decorations

If you’re creatively minded, making your wedding decorations will cut your overall bill significantly. From pom poms to string lights in jars, there are a whole host of different ways you can personalise your big day, on a budget.