12 tips for saving money on your wedding day

From incredible value wedding packages to seasonal spending, SoGlosWeddings is offering a helping hand for engaged couples, finding 11 tips for saving money on your wedding day.

Planning a wedding to remember can be a costly business, with seemingly endless expenses on the venue, transport, styling, entertainment, bridalwear, groomswear, the list goes on…

However, there are ways to avoid breaking the bank, and SoGlosWeddings has teamed up with Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel to share some advice about sticking to that budget.

For more information about Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel and its wedding offering, visit mercuregloucester.co.uk directly.

1. Pick a package

Inclusive wedding packages are the perfect solution for sticking to a budget. Not only does a good package offer great value, but it also allows for a stress-free planning process, as the finer details will be cared for.

Nestled in the countryside amid acres of rolling park and woodland, the beautiful Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall has a brilliant selection of packages to choose from; spanning the Dragonfly, Kingfisher, Starling, Royal Mallard, and Sundown, with prices starting from £2,750.

All of the packages see couples getting their very own wedding planner; a complimentary menu trial; red carpet arrival; wedding host on the big day; discounted accommodation rates for guests; and free overnight accommodation for the newlyweds.

With other inclusions such as a three-course wedding breakfast; evening buffet; room hire; and arrival drinks, the popular venue takes care of all the details to ensure a magical celebration.

2. Say yes to the dress

Wedding gowns often come with eye-watering price tags, but luckily, there’s a host of alternative options for budding brides.

Sample sales are ideal for bagging a bargain on the dream dress; pre-loved dresses promises the same lovely look without the high cost; and there’s an impressive selection of gorgeous dresses available on the high street to boot.

3. Set the date

Once couples have found their dream venue, it’s wise to consider the date of the big day; booking a Saturday wedding during the peak summer season will inevitably raise costs.

Instead, go for a weekday or Sunday, or choose a quieter month to tie the knot. January, February and March will not only offer better value, but allow couples to plan a wonderful winter wedding.

4. Get creative

From stationery and signage to favours, going DIY is a great way to not only save some pennies, but to inject some personality into those special celebrations.

Pinterest is perfect for inspiration and offers a world of ideas; from flower paper lanterns and colourful centrepieces, to fairy light creations and homemade favours, couples can get creative.

5. Get by with help from friends

Planning a wedding is the perfect excuse to ask for a favour! From budding bakers and talented hair stylists, to artistic types and green-fingered gurus, take advantage of potential helping hands.

What’s more, friends and family are likely to be pleased at the opportunity to help; it’s the ideal opportunity for making loved ones feel involved with the wedding celebrations.

6. Turn up the music

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When thinking about the all-important entertainment, why not create a personalised playlist, rather than opting for live entertainment? The happy couple can hear all of their favourite tunes and save on hiring fees.

However, if live music is important, there’s always the option to find a musician or band that’s up-and-coming and thus incurs lower costs. Meanwhile finding someone local can help reduce travel costs!

7. Find a star baker

Professional wedding cakes certainly look incredible, but homemade creations are a great way to cut back on costs – and they can still taste great!

Whether couples know a talented baker who can whip up a showstopper, or a mum who cooks a mean Victoria sponge, guests will enjoy the sweet treat. And if a traditional tiered cake is overwhelming, why not batch cook some brownies, cupcakes or a few smaller cakes to display?

8. Practice the perfect look

Brides will want to look and feel amazing on their big day, and this can be achieved without the help of make-up artists and hair stylists – it just takes a little practice to make things perfect.

Watch make-up and hair tutorials, book an appointment at a make-up counter, and ask for a friend’s help if needs be. Meanwhile, investing in quality products is likely to cost less than a professional’s time – and the bride can keep the goods long after the wedding.

9. Something borrowed

Aside from the wedding day rhyme, borrowing items for the wedding is an obvious solution for saving. From jewellery and suits, to décor and tableware, cut the hire cost completely!

Aside from friends and family, brides-and-grooms-to-be can also search elsewhere for necessary items. For example, wine glasses can be borrowed from certain supermarkets for a small deposit, which will be returned after the wedding.

10. Beautiful blooms

Flowers can be fantastic whatever the budget, as long as there’s a little planning. Most importantly, choosing seasonal blooms will cost less without compromising on style.

There’s also the option to adopt a DIY approach and make beautiful bouquets and arrangements at home. Alternatively if the bride dreams of the perfect bouquet, go for a professionally-made creation to carry down the aisle, but choose something simpler for the décor and bridesmaids.

11. Go digital

Rather than shelling out for fancy save-the-dates and invitations, keep wedding guests informed of the plans by going digital.

Make a dedicated wedding website to keep everyone up-to-date, or create online invitations that can be emailed out. Even better, it prevents the possibility of people losing the information!

12. Arrive in style

If there’s a friend or family member with a great set of wheels, couples can make a grand entrance or exit by borrowing a car for the day.

Another way to save on transport costs is to have the wedding ceremony and reception in the same place, thus cutting out the need to hire a car or bus, for example. Plus, it’s convenient for the wedding party!

© SoGlosWeddings
Tuesday 04 September 2018

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