So you’re getting married? First of all, congratulations! Now here’s the bad part - weddings cost a fortune! There’s no getting around the fact that even if you only want a modest wedding, you are going to have to shell out thousands of pounds just for an event that is going to be over in one day. If you want something on the fancier end of the scale then you really are going to have sacrifice an arm and a leg!
It’s no surprise that engaged couples have to try and think of a number of alternative ways to raise the cash they need to pay for their wedding. Here are some tips which you might like to try…
The earlier the better when it comes to wedding planning! Unless you are fortunate to have parents who will pay for everything, or you have just won the lottery, it’s going to take you a while to save up for the total cost of your wedding, especially in the current financial climate. Many find that it’s best if they plan their big day a couple of years in advance - that way they can work out how much they will need to save on each element of the wedding, pay for things like venue deposits early on and then work towards saving for the final balance to settle much nearer the time.
Ask for cash gifts
It’s traditional for weddings guests to give a present to the bride and groom on their big day. However, in this day and age, it’s likely that the couple have been living together for a while anyway and therefore already have a lot of the things that they need for the home. So rather than building up more clutter, why not ask your guests to give a cash gift instead? That way, you can put the money you have received towards paying off part of the wedding, or perhaps even the cost of the honeymoon.
De-clutter your home
When you become a married couple you’ll want a fresh start, so it’s a great time to have a really good sort out of all of your personal belongings. You’ll definitely want to do this if you are moving in together, or perhaps you are moving into the first home you have owned after renting through the time you were engaged. Go through things like your furniture, old clothes and CD’s and put a pile together of stuff which you can sell for some extra cash. You can then put what you have raised towards paying off your wedding.
Start a wedding blog
If you have a knack for writing then you should consider sharing your wedding organisation experience on a blog. If it gets popular enough then there’s the potential that suppliers will want you to use their products on your big day in exchange for a bit of a review and exposure of their service, which other brides-to-be might see in the future.
So there’s a few ideas to get you started. Good luck and we wish you all the best for your wedding and the future!