15 ways to get wed for less

With the average wedding costing nearly £20,000, we've come up with ways to save on everything from the venue to the honeymoon:

1. The dress

Average cost: £1,378

Budget cost: £150

If your dress is something you’re happy to cut back on, there are a few things you can do to save money. There are an increasing number of high street stores with their own wedding dress range starting from around £150. Or alternatively if you are willing to go second-hand, some charity shops have some amazing wedding dresses.

2. Reception venue

Average cost: £3,919

Budget cost: £300

If you're happy with something a little more low key, why not have your reception at your local? Village halls are also becoming an increasingly popular choice, with some charging as little as £4 an hour. 

3. Catering

Average cost: £3,959

Budget cost: £650

Try to think beyond chicken and fish for your catering. Hog roasts are always a hit if you get lots of great sides, sauces and salads. Try having your wedding later in the day too so you only have to feed your guests once as opposed to lunch and dinner.

4. Photography

Average cost: £1,046

Budget cost: FREE

With the rise of Instagram there are more and more budding amateur photographers out there so why not ask a friend or reach out on social media? They might even do it for free or at least for a fraction of the cost of a normal photographer.

5. Flowers

Average cost: £638

Budget cost: £20

Try experimenting with paper flowers, buttons bouquets or felt florals. You can make all of them yourself and you’ll be able to keep them afterwards as a memento.  Alternatively ask a green-fingered friend to put you together some beautiful posies from their garden.

6. Cake

Average cost: £300

Budget cost: £100

Instead of shelling out on a cake from a top end bakery, why not ask a family friend to do it for you? They know you better so will come up with something perfect for you and your other half. Offer to pay for the ingredients and their time though – a wedding cake isn’t a quick job.

7. Entertainment

Average cost: £773

Budget cost: £50

If you are about to fork out for a pricey band to keep you guests entertained, have a rethink and see what quirky entertainment you can come up with. If you’re having a summer wedding, why not pick up some fun old fashion garden games like bowls, ring toss or hire a coconut shy? Your guests will have a blast and it will save you cash.

8. Shoes

Average cost: £161

Budget cost: £35

Unless you're extremely sentimental about shoes, chances are after your wedding day you'll never look at the shoes your wore again, let alone wear them. So why not hire some for the day? You can get a fabulous designer pair for less than £35. 

9. Invitations and save the date

Average cost: £271

Budget cost: £110

If you have an artistic flair or a friend does, do a design yourself then take it to your local printers to have them done up nicely. Or alternatively, make them yourself. Get a gaggle of friends to help along a few bottles of wine to keep the production line going.

10. Veil

Average cost: £138

Budget cost: FREE

This could be an excellent time to exercise the old ‘something borrowed” adage. Ask if a friend or relative would mind lending their veil to you for the big day.

11. Bridesmaids' dresses

Average cost: £436

Budget cost: £50

It's time to hit the high street for some simple dresses that won't break the bank then have fun with accessories. You could also try local Facebook selling sites for bargains. Tie a pretty ribbon round the bust or add some lace trimmings.

12. Groom's outfit

Average cost: £439

Budget cost: £150

Get a suit instead of a tuxedo, they can look just as handsome but will cost a lot less. Renting can also end up being more expensive than buying as well. Remember, you can resell afterwards.

13. Hair and make-up

Average cost: £301

Budget cost: FREE

Unless you are desperate for it, you don't have to have a make-up artist and stylist for your big day. Do the make up and hair yourself or ask one of your bridesmaids to do it for that pampered feeling.

14. Wedding rings

Average cost: £809

Budget cost: FREE

If you don’t want to fork out lots for your wedding ring, try going vintage or ask for some hand-me-down family heirlooms. You might unearth some gems.

15. Honeymoon

Average cost: £4,413

Budget cost: £1,500

Check out what discount codes you can get online and you’d be surprised at how much you could save. Also try and stay close to home, the money you save on travel you can put towards a nicer hotel room.

Total average cost of wedding: £18,981

Total BUDGET cost: £3,115

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