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How to Plan a Wedding on a Tight Budget

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A quick online search reveals that the average traditional wedding in the UK will rack up a bill between £11,000 and £17,000. If you’re looking to plan your dream wedding without creating a financial nightmare, here are some helpful hints to keep you within budget.
What you'll need: 
A realistic budget
A little creativity
Some help from talented family and friends
The Invitations: Many craft or stationary suppliers will have boxed sets of do-it-yourself invitations complete with envelopes and reply cards for a fraction of the cost of their customised counterparts. Simply choose the wording, run them through your home printer, dress them up with a ribbon or other decoration, and seal them with a kiss.
The Dress: Borrow a wedding dress from a friend or wear a family heirloom. Not your style? Then, keep on the lookout for sales at bridal boutiques. Alternatively, some dress shops employ tailors who can often design and make a dress for less than the off-the-rack price.
The Photographer: When it comes to your wedding photos, it’s all about who you know, so don’t rule out the budding photographer in your circle of friends. The same goes for the videographer. You could end up with some really beautiful images for a lot less money.
The Reception: Rather than splurging for a 5-course meal for your guests, consider offering a simple buffet of home-cooked dishes. Invite a few friends or your Aunt Betty to chip in and provide a salad or two and serve a simple, tasty punch to accompany the meal.
The Drinks: You can reduce your reception costs considerably by cutting down on alcoholic drinks or eliminating them altogether. Instead, propose a toast with a glass of punch or an inexpensive sparkling beverage. After all, it’s the thought that counts, right?
The Flowers: Avoid the florist and create your own bouquets. Pick a selection of blooms from a neighbour’s backyard (with permission, of course!) or an obliging field and assemble the bouquets the day before the ceremony. On the other hand, high-quality silk and artificial flowers can be made up ahead of time, saving some last-minute headache.
There is, of course, more to wedding planning than this short list, but you are now well on your way to planning a beautiful celebration without breaking the bank.
Buy a wedding planner (available at most book stores). Most planners include checklists of things to do before the big day as well as space to track your budget and make note of gifts received and thank you cards written.
Getting caught up in the “comparison game” is a quick way to blow your budget. Remember, this day is about the two of you and your needs and wishes.
Don’t budge on your budget! Before shopping for your dream dress or interviewing vendors, agree on how much you can afford to spend and then stick to it. A few extra £s here and there will quickly add up.
Don’t try on a dress or look at a reception site that you know you can’t afford.


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