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Guide to Keeping a Wedding Under £10,000

Read our quick guide on how to keep a wedding under £10,000. From catering tips to high street wedding dresses and insurance. We will keep you from stretching out the purse strings.

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Keeping a wedding under £10,000 in the UK can be a challenge, but with careful planning and prioritisation, it's certainly achievable. Here's a guide to help you plan a beautiful wedding on a budget:

1. Set Your Priorities

  • Identify what matters most: Determine which aspects of your wedding are non-negotiable. Is it the venue, the photography, or perhaps the number of guests?
  • Budget breakdown: Allocate your budget according to your priorities. Spend more on what's important to you and cut back on less significant areas.

2. The Guest List

  • Keep it intimate: Reducing the number of guests is one of the most effective ways to lower costs. An intimate wedding can also be more meaningful.
  • Be selective: Invite only close family and friends. This helps manage your venue and catering costs.

3. Venue

  • Off-peak booking: Consider getting married on a weekday or during the off-peak season to avail of lower rates.
  • Non-traditional venues: Look into unconventional venues like community halls, local parks, or family backyards. These can be significantly cheaper than traditional wedding venues.

4. Catering

  • Buffet or family-style: Opt for a buffet or family-style meal, which can be more cost-effective than a plated service.
  • Limit options: Providing a limited selection of dishes can help reduce costs.
  • BYOB: If the venue allows, bringing your own alcohol can save a substantial amount.

5. Attire

  • High street wedding dresses: Many high street brands offer beautiful wedding dresses at a fraction of the cost of bridal boutiques. Check out the wedding section on ASOS.
  • Rent or second-hand: Consider renting attire or buying second-hand. There are many online platforms where you can find pre-loved wedding dresses and suits.

6. Photography and Videography

  • Hire for less time: Instead of a full-day package, hire a photographer and videographer for the ceremony and a portion of the reception.
  • Emerging talent: Look for up-and-coming photographers who may offer lower rates as they build their portfolio.

7. Decorations and Flowers

  • DIY: Embrace DIY for decorations, invitations, and even floral arrangements.
  • Seasonal and local: Choose flowers that are in season and locally available to reduce costs.
  • Multipurpose items: Use ceremony decorations at the reception and bridesmaids' bouquets as table centrepieces.

8. Entertainment

  • Playlist over band/DJ: Create a playlist and use a sound system instead of hiring a live band or DJ.
  • Talent within your circle: Ask musically talented friends or family if they'd contribute to your day.

9. Rings

  • Simplicity pays: Opt for simple, elegant designs or consider alternative materials to traditional gold and diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are a growing trend that are substantially less expensive.

10. Additional Tips

  • Track your spending: Use a spreadsheet to keep track of all expenses and stay within your budget.
  • Negotiate: Don't be afraid to negotiate with vendors. Many are willing to offer discounts, especially for off-peak dates or package deals.
  • Wedding insurance: Consider purchasing wedding insurance to protect your deposits and payments in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Remember, the most important aspect of your wedding is the commitment you're making to each other. By focusing on what truly matters to you as a couple, you can have a memorable day without breaking the bank.

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