The Mail on Sunday
How to save on your vows
CONSIDER getting married on a weekday or a Sunday. Venues usually offer a discount for weddings that are not on a Friday or Saturday, the most popular days. Winter weddings are often cheaper for the same reason.
MAKE your own invitations, decorations and wedding favours. Websites such as confetti.com and craft shops are full of ideas.
ALWAYS try to negotiate on prices where there may be some flexibility, for example with food and drink suppliers. You are buying in bulk so there may be a deal to be had.
ASK a talented friend or family member to help with the cake, decorations or flowers, and even to take your wedding photographs. This could save up to £2,000 on the cost of a professional. Photographs can also be made into cards to use as thank you letters.
DO you have a friend or family member with a luxury car? It is possible they may be willing to be the bride’s chauffeur on the big day.
NOT all couples will feel comfortable doing this, but a growing number are asking friends and family for help towards meeting the wedding’s cost. As an alternative to receiving gifts, you could set up an account where guests can donate money toward the big day or buy vouchers towards the honeymoon.