Your wedding should be a truly magical occasion! It will, however, inevitably require a lot of organisation. One of the most difficult aspects of planning for your big day could be working out, and sticking to, a budget. Here at The Insurance Emporium, it’s important to us that everyone gets as much joy as possible from their nuptials, which is why we’ve come up with 10 top tips for making the most of your wedding budget! Read on to discover what you could do that might help you get married in style, for less!

1. Stick to your budget!

It might sound obvious, but knowing your budget and sticking to it could be the most crucial method of making the most of your money! Writing your budget down could be a way of setting it in stone in both your minds. Keeping a wedding checklist might also help you both stay organised when it comes to money!

2. The importance of being realistic

If you’re working to a tight budget, you’ll need to be realistic in your expectations. Sit down together and work out what’s important to you – friends and family? Getting the most amazing venue? Once you’ve identified these you should have an idea which areas you need to spend more money on, and where you might cut back.

3. Fancy a date?

Choosing an unusual or unpopular date could save you more than a few quid! Consider a wedding between November and March, as these might be cheaper than a summer do. Or how about tying the knot on unlucky Friday 13th…?

4. It’s not what you know…

When planning your wedding, it could be the perfect opportunity to call in some favours! Do you have an aunt who’s a fantastic baker or a friend who’s great with design? Any help you can get might make a real difference to your budget!

5. DJ play that song!

Do you actually need a band or DJ playing during your reception? Nowadays it’s so easy to create your own playlist, and it could save you a great deal of money. Ask guests for song suggestions so there’s something for everyone!

6. The young ones

If you don’t like the sound of your own playlist or doing your own hair and make-up, how about hiring students to provide entertainment and help with getting ready? They’re out to prove their ability, so might try extra hard to get everything perfect; possibly at a fraction of the price!

7. Have your cake…

…and eat it! Do you really want that elaborately iced, multi-tiered monster of a cake? You could instead opt for several smaller cakes, or a dessert table. Maybe invite your guests to make their own for a bake off-style competition to see which can become the official wedding cake!

8. Don’t accept the first offer

One not so obvious tactic that might save you some cash is offering to give feedback to your suppliers and venue. They could be willing to take some money off in exchange for an honest testimonial about their services. Regardless of whether or not they’re open to this, a little bit of straight-out haggling might also save a few pounds!

9. How does your garden grow?

If you’re looking to save money on flowers, why not grow your own? Or if you don’t have a garden, you could ask friends or relatives who do. Also it could help cut costs to then enlist the help of friends to arrange your home-grown flora, making for a lovely handmade touch!

10. BYOB

A great way to reduce spending could be to find a venue that allows you to supply your own alcohol! You might then be able to take advantage of supermarket deals, or even embark on a trip to Calais in search of a bargain!

Budgeting is a difficult business, but we hope this guide might help you get more creative with your money! Another method of protecting your budget could be to take out wedding insurance – it can’t prevent accidents from happening, but could help you out if they do! At The Insurance Emporium, UK and Overseas Wedding Insurance starts from just a one-off payment of £17.00*, and with seven levels of cover, you could find just the right protection for your wedding. Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!

* The one-off payment of £17.00 is based on a UK Wedding with the Amber Level of Cover and no Elective Benefits selected.

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