This is a big topic, but I want to talk to you about weddings. 🙂 Aside from the fact I’m going to one this year and have at least 2 more in the near future, they started a new series of Don’t Tell The Bride last week and it always frustrates me that they struggle on £14000! My daughter will tell you how much I get into that…when she was quite young (8 maybe) some guy on it spent £6K on an empty venue and she started shouting at the telly “what are you doing silly man? That’s half your budget on an empty room!” I’ve trained her well 😉 LOL
Anyhoo, I thought I’d share some tips for saving money on weddings (but they can be applied to any big event really)…so let’s do this:
- Save up: Saving for your big day (or that of your children) will seriously help you to save money. This will give you a set budget, and a set limit is always a good idea! If it’s not all done on credit cards and other debt, then you’ll pay no interest or fees. Also, people like to see cash…our brains react differently to cash than to plastic, so it’ll hurt you more to splurge and it will make the people you’re buying from more willing to barter if they can ‘see the colour of your money’ so to speak.
- Start Early: The second you’re engaged, sit down and talk about what you want…then go looking for it! If you want to get married next summer for example, then you want to be buying stuff at the end of this summer when it’s on sale before the winter stuff kicks in.
- Pick a theme: Whatever colour or theme you choose will help you make decisions…if you want modern and silver, it’ll save you time and money looking at things that don’t fit (like old, dark-wood venues and buying accessories in the wrong shades). Tip: Once you have a colour, get some ribbon that shade to take to appointments with cake makers and suit hire places.
- Think about the venue carefully: Unless you have a venue for free, it’s very rare that a blank room will be cost-effective. Hiring in chairs and/or covers costs a ridiculous amount, and decorations can run away with your budget. Also, if it’s a village hall or an outdoor space, you may have to pay the council for additional parking or drink/music permits.
- Keeping it small? There are 2 ways to go with guest lists, either keep it small so catering and favours are cheaper, or go big and ask the venue for a discount (as we’re bringing business here….*smile sweetly at Manager*). Our wedding venue was pricey with a sit-down meal for all our guests but it included a room for us and even though the teens on our guest list had adult meals, the hotel only charged us for kids’ meals. Worked out much cheaper than it could have done!
So that’s the basics for you to be getting on with, part 2 will appear next week. (On whatever day I remember to post it!) Remember, even if you’ve done the wedding thing, these tips can be applied to any celebration or even corporate events.
Happy Budgeting Peeps!