Wedding on a Budget: Creating Memories

Written in collaboration with Get Blogged

Your wedding day is said to be the happiest day of your life. The average wedding in the UK now costs £17,674, so it’s no wonder many couples are looking for wedding ideas on a budget to cut costs while still making their day special. Here are four ways to help you create memories on your special day without breaking the bank:


Keep it intimate

It can be easy to get carried away when choosing who to invite to your big day. Keep the guest list limited to close friends and family you could significantly cut costs. Admittedly, crunching the numbers isn’t the most glamorous part of wedding planning, but each guest could add to the amount of food needed, favors, chair rentals and how much cake you’ll need. Take the time to really consider who you can’t imagine your big day without. 

The easiest way to cut the list is to come up with rules and stick to them. Common rules might include:

  • They’re cut from the list if neither of you has spoken to or met them in the last 5 years.
  • Not crazy about inviting children to your party? Don’t feel bad about having an adults-only wedding.
  • Inviting them out of guilt? Don’t invite them.

Wedding Photo Swap

Wedding photographer Poppy Carter of Poppy Carter Portraits says to expect costs starting from £1,000 for a full day. Can’t afford a photographer and have friends that are handy with a camera? Create your own personalised space for your guests to add wedding photos. Wedding Photo Swap provides a simple, yet elegant solution to collecting and sharing any photo taken by your guests at your wedding. All the photos uploaded to Wedding Photo Swap are saved in high resolution. You can download them or order beautiful prints.


Make up and Hair

Getting the glam look can come at a steep price. Wedding hair and makeup artists charging hundreds for their services. Ever contemplated doing your own wedding hair and makeup? Many brides say that doing their own is empowering, gives more practice time, and allowed them to spend the money elsewhere. Whether or not this is an option that you would consider, it’s important to do some research. Here are some tips to help:

  • Gather inspiration. Whether it’s visiting a wedding fair, looking up prom hair styles on Pinterest or subscribing to a wedding blog. Decide on your look as early as possible.
  • Pre wedding day skincare routine. Have your skincare routine perfected well in advance of the big day so that your skin is looking clear and fresh.
  • Find your products. Most beauty counters offer free consultations where they will suggest the perfect foundation, eyeliner, etc for your face.
  • Avoid sparkly products. Sparkle doesn’t shine in photos. Eye shadows, face powders, highlighters with sparkles look terrible in flash photography.

Utilise your friends’ talents

Is one of your best friends a talented musician, photographer or DJ? Utilise their skills by asking if they would kindly help out. Chances are they will love the opportunity to play an important role in your wedding, and it could save you thousands on booking the services elsewhere.


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Wedding planning can be stressful. If it all gets too much take a step back and remind yourself what your big day is really about – you marrying the love of your life!


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