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Charlotte, 10 September 2021 at 17:08 Posted on Planning 1 14
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Hi everyone


Does anyone have any money saving tips for wedding planning ? My H2B really wants to provide our guests with a free bar so we need to find ways to keep the other costs manageable - does anyone have any ideas ?
So far I have :- no favours - candles rather than flowers for table centrepieces - made my own invites - second hand wedding dress- linen feel paper napkins rather than actual linen - potentially going to try and make my own wedding cake

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Latest activity by Charlotte, 15 September 2021 at 16:21
  • Charlotte
    Rockstar April 2022 Wiltshire
    Charlotte ·
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    Flowers and cars are massive expenses that we cut. For cake we are going to buy some jazzie cakes from Asda, 12 quid each so getting 2! Doing your and Bridesmaid hair and make up yourself is also a big saving and getting a friend to do photos if you know someone with a good camera. I would say it is awesome you want to provide free bar but no one expects that and in honesty if you are in a commercial venue this could run in to the thousands so I would really think hard about it and if you really want to scrimp on other things that you may regret afterwards. If you are doing DIY and can provide your own alcohol look at doing a run to France and go to a car four or warehouse as is way cheaper to buy in bulk then here even with the ferry costs. Good luck in whatever you decide x
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  • Charlotte
    Rockstar April 2022 Wiltshire
    Charlotte ·
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    Oh and invites, have you created a website on here? We have and will be sending e-vies with the Web address and people RSVP online. You need to add your guests in to the site which takes time but so worth it to then be able to do table plans etc
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  • Marie
    Savvy October 2021 Nottinghamshire
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    I’m going shop bought for cake. Getting fruit cake and cupcakes so people have a choice. Asda do trays of cupcakes at reasonable prices as do Lidl and Aldi. Not sure about other place but worth looking into. Also we are not having flowers. Take a look at IKEA for your candle holders I managed to get some that cost 30p each and then we have battery operated candles as there are too many children for real ones. I’ve shopped sales for as much as I could.
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  • C
    Beginner September 2022 Kent
    Charlotte ·
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    Thank you ☺️☺️ Great ideas so I will have a look into them all! X
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  • Georgina
    Beginner April 2022 Essex
    Georgina ·
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    We have gone for no favours, DJ just in the evening (I have a playlist for background music during the day), bridal party are not wearing matching suits so can choose whatever they want to wear, 1 bridesmaid, taxis rather than wedding cars, friend making our cake, artificial flowers - no florist!, DIY invitations…


    The list is endless haha! We couldn’t afford a free bar but instead we have a small token on each place setting for 1 drink on us… alongside the cocktail hour and wine on the tables at dinner we thought this was enough
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  • R
    Expert July 2020 Monmouthshire
    RomanticGreenStationery27135 ·
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    To add to the list - either ditch the bridesmaids/groomsmen or tell them to wear whatever they want. A lot of supermarkets do plain iced fruitcakes which will be cheaper than anything you could make yourself - get a custom cake topper to dress it up if you're not confident to decorate it yourself - it will still be cheaper than a professionally made cake. Get your regular hairdresser to do your hair (or DIY if you're confident) rather than have a 'wedding hairstylist' do it (my hairdresser charged me £10 for a simple bun, while the 'wedding stylists' were all charging around £90 for a mandatory 'trial' and hair on the day). DIY the reception flowers using flowers from friends & family gardens (it helps if you go for an informal 'country garden' look as you don't have to make them perfect, and if you use something like jam jars, you don't have to buy vases either) and get a supermarket bouquet if you're not confident DIYing one.

    Get friends to drive you instead of booking a wedding car. Put together your own playlist instead of having a DJ. You also might find getting a high street wedding dress cheaper than buying second hand - I looked for second hand and they were mostly more expensive (e.g. original price £1,000 reduced to £300), so it worked out cheaper for me to buy a cheap new dress instead.

    Have you booked a venue yet? Might be cheaper to go down the village hall/local caterer route than using a 'wedding venue'. Or book a function room in a nice pub - many of them will just charge for the meals instead of charging for room hire as well.

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    Beginner April 2022 East Sussex
    Chloe ·
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    Can I ask where you got your e-bites I’m super keen at saving money and time with invites
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  • Charlotte
    Rockstar April 2022 Wiltshire
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    We are simply sending emails to our guests inviting them and pointing them to our hitched website so they can RSVP on there and we will have a page with all the info about timings, venues, hotels nearby and directions etc
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    Expert July 2020 Monmouthshire
    RomanticGreenStationery27135 ·
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    You could check out Canva - it's a website that enables you to design posters, invites, fliers etc for free (they do have a pay-for bit, but I've always found plenty of choice among the free stuff). You can upload your own images into their templates too. Then you just have to email the completed invite out to people.

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  • Roxy
    Beginner June 2022 Devon
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    We used Canva for invites too. It was really easy. You can either email them to people or just post them 2nd class. It doesn't cost much.

    Agree with the person that recommended a village all or similar. We found barely any venues that would let you supply your own alcohol and have opted for a marquee in a field instead. (Still isn't particularly cheap!!) but does mean a free bar is wayyyyyyy cheaper than paying for eveyones drinks at a proper venue bar.

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  • L
    Beginner April 2022 Lothian & Borders
    Louise ·
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    We bought digital invites from esty. We got a bundle that includes evites, table numbers, menus, welcome sign, timeline of the day and photobooth frame etc that suit our theme. We plan to send out evites to most guests with a link to the wedding website, but print some off for our older relatives. We also then have all our wedding signs in the same design as the invites that we can customise and print out ourselves.

    We're also saving by not having transport, doing cupcakes, doing our own flowers, make up, and renting suits instead of buying.

    We have a drink after the ceremony, wine and prosecco at the meal, which I think is pretty standard. I don't think a free bar is expected at all.

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  • Littlemy
    Savvy April 2022 Kent
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    We are having a free bar in the evening but limiting it to wine, beer, cider and single house spirts only. A friend had drinks tokens as favours which worked pretty well.
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  • Melanie
    Beginner September 2021 South East London
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    Do you have a friend who's a good baker? Wedding cakes are so pricey. We were really happy with our cake, it looked gorgeous but it was so expensive and people didnt really eat all that much of it. You could also consider doing something like a tall stack of brownies instead.


    Favours are also nice but not essential - some of our guests left them behind on the table - not everyone wants to take stuff away with them especially if they only have small handbags, so great idea to save money by not bothering with those.
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    Curious September 2021 Nottinghamshire
    Caroline ·
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    I'm going to the local salon for my hair done. Still havent got over its only going to be £22, cheaper than a cut! Doing my own make up. Went to a posh airport transfer car service rather than wedding car. We kept bridal party small.
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