HOW TO SAVE ON YOUR WED­DING

The most pop­u­lar day to get hitched is 30 Au­gust, and the av­er­age cou­ple plans the big day for a year – so now is the time to start sav­ing! Here are the new ways to rein it in, from real brides

Closer (UK) - - Money -

BLAG A SAM­PLE DRESS

“Con­sider get­ting an off-thepeg dress at a bridal store. You may need to shop around more, but you get the bridal qual­ity for a frac­tion of the price. My dress was £2,300, but be­cause I bought the sam­ple it was £680. It wasn’t quite the right size, but I only needed to spend £150 on al­ter­ations to get it to fit per­fectly.” Annabelle, from Here­ford SAV­ING: £1,620

SELL OLD CLOTHES

“Utilise Face­book Mar­ket­place to save up. It’s free to sell on there and I’ve made over £1,000 so far just on sell­ing clothes that would have oth­er­wise gone in the bin. It’s also con­ve­nient as buy­ers are lo­cal, so you don’t need to worry about pack­ing up items and post­ing them.” Jodie, from Manch­ester EARN­ING: £1,000

MAKE IT A BAKE OFF

“I made my own wed­ding cake – a sim­ple naked sponge cake – and asked my brides­maids to bring a cake each to make up a cake ta­ble. Our guests loved how in­for­mal it was and peo­ple were eat­ing the cake all night long.” Ceri, from Ch­ester SAV­ING: £300

LEARN MAKE-UP TRICKS

“I was quoted £350 for pro­fes­sional make-up for my­self, my mum and my maid of hon­our. In­stead, I watched lots of wed­ding make-up tu­to­ri­als on Youtube, spent £100 on some new beauty bits and we did our own. It saved me loads, plus I got a lovely new make-up col­lec­tion. You can also have your make-up done at depart­ment store beauty coun­ters and learn skills.” Char­lotte, from London SAV­ING: £250

SEND IN­VITES ON­LINE

“I would say don’t bother with posh printed in­vites, be­cause peo­ple don’t tend to look at them any­way. We de­signed ours on the com­puter and emailed them out. Our guests told us they found it so much eas­ier as they didn’t have to worry about los­ing the in­vite and for­get­ting the in­for­ma­tion.” Amy, from Hull SAV­ING: £150

FIND A TRAINEE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

“I asked at the lo­cal art col­lege if any photography stu­dents would like to be our wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher. So many were in­ter­ested and we agreed to pay a day rate of £200. Our pho­to­graphs were in­cred­i­ble and just as lovely as pro­fes­sional shots I’ve seen, plus it was great for their port­fo­lios.”

Kelly, from Northamp­ton

SAV­ING: £1,300

SEARCH FREECYCLE

“I put an ad on Freecycle.org and said I was af­ter rus­tic wed­ding items. A lady gave me loads of lace-dec­o­rated jars from her wed­ding for free. So many peo­ple are look­ing to get rid of wed­ding things on there.” Lucy, from Kid­der­min­ster SAV­ING: £100

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