Your wedding day is always going to be the one of the biggest and most special days of your life. However there’s no escaping the fact that it can cost an absolute fortune, with the price of weddings rising year on year. But if you don’t have the money (or inclination) to fork out on one extravagant day, it doesn’t mean to say you can’t still have a wonderful celebration. There are lots of great hacks and even things you can do yourself that slash costs dramatically. Here are a few you could consider!
Do Your Own Flowers
Flowers are an important part of weddings, and beautiful blooms can decorate the space and really tie things together with the colours and styles you choose. However they’re always going to cost a significant amount, and some brides can find this difficult to justify as they’re not really something you can keep. You can have a few bouquets dried and save them in a memory box or frame your dried bridal bouquet, but there’s no escaping that lots of flowers will simply go to waste after the event. So cutting costs here is something you could consider, and one option you might not have thought about is growing your own. If you’re getting married in a year or two, it gives you time to plant up and grow your own stunning flowers. Things like roses and lilies are easy to grow but incredibly expensive to buy. Even growing a few yourself is worthwhile as you can bulk out your bouquets with cheaper varieties or even wildflowers that you can pick yourself.
Find a Second Hand Wedding Dress
Most brides dream of getting married in a stunning dress, but this is usually the thing that really blows the budget. If it’s really important to you to wear a certain type of gown or a certain designer then it’s worth the investment. However if you’re more flexible then there are ways you can get those costs down. Lots of charity and thrift shops are given wedding dresses, so if you keep your eyes peeled you might just hit the jackpot and find something you really like. It will need to be somewhat close to your size for it to work, but a company like Stitch It can make it fit perfectly to your body like it was designed just for you! They can even dry clean your gown once you’re done too, so you could save it or give it back to charity for someone else to wear and enjoy.
Bake Your Own Cake
The cake is another pricey part of the day, you could choose to omit this altogether but if you want that tradisional element you do have options. First would be to bake your own, if you have the skills then it could be a fun project and wouldn’t cost you much at all. If a large cake is a little daunting, how about making tiers of wedding cupcakes instead, you can get gorgeous wedding cupcake cases online and go with simple yet effective decorating techniques. You could even cheat and use box mixes and follow the instructions, that way you’re guaranteed perfect cake and no will will know it’s a DIY job. Try out some different icing techniques and scour Pinterest for ideas.