Following the festive proposal season, January is the time to get planning that wedding. But how do you go about it when you are on a tight budget? We find out.
These days there’s no need to blow your whole budget on a dress. Thanks to stylish high street options from the likes of Asos and Whistles there is endless options whatever your style. Gorgeous gowns by Needle & Thread and Self Portrait are stocked on Net-a-porter’s wedding section — proof that budget bridalwear is big news. If you are still desperate for a high-end label – look out for once-worn designer gowns on preloved.co.uk.
The wedding dress gets all of the focus on the big day, so what’s the groom supposed to wear? Gant offers an incredible selection of men’s shirts and suits in every cut and colour imaginable. We like the Diamond G collection that includes shirts harking back to the original designs by founder Bernard Gantmacher in 1949. Prices start at a reasonable £80 and feature details introduced 65 years ago such as the locker loop on the back of the shirt, the rolled collar and a back collar button.
According to surveys, weddings in the UK cost £20,500 on average, compared with £8,000 if you travel. February can offer you an early-bird bargain on flights and accommodation before prices rise in March, or try August when there are great prices on end-of-season holidays, flights and connections. If you want to get hitched overseas, research is crucial. Head to Weddings Abroad Guide and use reviews on Tripadvisor to help minimise stress.
Costs will rocket from the moment you put that ring on your finger, so draw up a strict budget and don’t go over it. Try using the Money Advice Service’s savings calculator online to estimate how much you can save and in what time frame. Then open a separate wedding account, with a regular payment that is automatically transferred across.
According to hitched.co.uk, the wedding planning website, about 21,700 weddings took place on Thursday last year, as couples saved an estimated 20% off their bill with a weekday wedding. A well-timed wedding will also ensure you have a better chance of booking your first choice vendors. Looking to save even more? January, February or November weddings are the best times to head down the aisle if you are on a tight budget.
You might not be ready to have breakfast at Tiffany’s but creating your own unique ring can be the next best thing. Designing a bespoke ring with your partner is oh-so-romantic and helps to shed heaps of the cost. Head to Blue Nile to design your rock or, do as Mila Kunis did and order yours off Etsy.
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