Money saving tips: ways to save on your wedding budget..

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Money saving tips: ways to save on your wedding budget..
Author : Wedding Photography Select
Article Date : 14 Nov 2014

With the cost of a wedding in the UK averaging £21,000 in 2014, there's no better time to consider money saving tips for your nuptials.

So, how exactly do you marry the person you love without breaking your bank balance? Here are our ten top tips:

1. Choose a weekday. For the ultimate savings, make it one that falls during the winter months. Some venues can offer up to 50% off their peak times summer prices.

2.Swap the Champagne for Prosecco or Cava. No one cares what region your sparkling wine originates from; your guests will only notice if it runs out prematurely.

3.Steer away from ordering a specific type of orchid that needs to be shipped from Asia: pick seasonal foods & flowers for the best savings.

4.Ask your friends to ditch the traditional gift list and instead contribute a dish to your homemade dessert table. A wedding 'bake-off' guarantees originality and saves on hiring professional catering for dessert options.

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5.Multi purpose design features save precious pounds if budgets are tight. Fill chic yet inexpensive photo frames with a piece of card. Each guest's name can be written on it in beautiful calligraphy. These serve as place settings and the photo frames can be taken away as favours. Alternatively, consider making place settings edible. Bake batches of cupcakes or large cookies and decorate them with guest names. These can be inexpensively produced and packed in cellophane and tied with ribbon that matches the chosen theme of your wedding.

6.Utilise beautifully presented potted herbs as table decorations, instead of ornate floral displays. Basil, coriander, mint and thyme are fabulously fragrant and can provide your guests with a wonderful sensory experience. They can also serve as favours. Herbs can be bought cheaply from supermarkets and garden centres, or grown in advance by those with green fingers. How to personalise further? Dress your plant pots with ribbons that coordinate with your table design. Attach a little note explaining how to re-pot and re-seed, ensuring an everlasting source of flavour for those who are keen to keep the love growing after your big day.

7.Avoid the need for additional floral displays; dress your wedding cake table with wedding party bouquets. These can be placed in waiting vases as soon as any formal photos have taken place.

8.To avoid the expense of hiring numerous items, ask your reception venue in advance what decorations they have available on site. Often many items are stocked that can be used free.

9.Consider hiring one item that will enhance and 'lift' your table decor, such as a coloured wine glass or an ornate charger plate for each place setting. It's an effective 'upgrade' trick!

10.Burn your budget (slowly). As an alternative to expensive floral displays, decorate your marriage venue with cathedral candles in glass holders/lanterns and surround with scattered rose petals. These are inexpensive and a florist should offer you a decent deal.