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Did you catch the bouquet at your best friend’s wedding? You know that means you’re next right? You’ve been with your other half for a few years now so it is the next step, but aren’t weddings really expensive?

The average cost of a wedding in Britain is a whopping £18,000, but do you really want your wedding to be ‘average’? However much money you have to set aside for your big day make it personal and unique to you and your fiancé.

Here are three examples of how to divide your budget:

The £4k wedding

Every thrifty bride wants value for money on their big day and by doing a lot of the work yourself you can drastically cut the costs.

You want to keep prices low but you still want a brand new dress- after all it is your one special day. Purchase a wedding dress off the rack from an outlet store, this way you’ll look wonderful in white without spending money on a custom design. Buy suits for the groom and his groomsmen from a high street store or hire them to cut the costs- they’ll look just as smart.

Since you do your own make-up every day, why can’t you on your wedding day. You know how you like it. And get a friend to bake the cake and take the photos, you probably wouldn’t eat a 5 tier masterpiece anyway.

 

How we’d spend £4,000?

£1,500 for a church wedding and reception at a village hall with buffet catering. Vicar comes included in price.

£700 for bride and grooms outfits

£350 for bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits

£0 for hair and make-up as you can do it yourself

£100 on artificial flowers online

£200 for photographer (a friend) or disposable cameras

£50 for handmade invites

£700 for wedding rings

£250 for entertainment/DJ

£100 for wedding cake

£50 for favours

£20 for petrol as you drive yourself

Total £4,020

The £12k wedding

So you have a little more money to play with but any money you save will go on the honeymoon and you’re hoping for Mauritius, not Benidorm.

Be realistic about your expenses by being a little cheeky and haggle for a good deal. After all if you don’t ask, you won’t get. Cut the costs by providing make-up for only the bride and buying a simple cake at a local bakery.

 

How we’d spend £12,000?

£6,000 for wedding and reception at a hotel plus 3 course meal and wine on the tables. Bridal suite free with venue.

£1,500 for bride and grooms outfits

£500 for bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits

£200 for hair and make-up

£300 for flowers

£1,000 for a photographer

£100 for invites

£1,000 for wedding rings

£250 for entertainment/DJ

£500 for registrar

£250 for the wedding cake

£50 for favours

£300 for hire car

Total £11,950

 

The 18k wedding

Most people only ever get one wedding day so leave single life behind and go out with a bang! Pick a designer dress, a 5 tier edible masterpiece and of course only the best platinum rings.

How we’d spend £18,000?

£8,500 for the wedding and reception at a period property. 5 course meal with wine on the tables and a champagne reception.

£2,500 for bride and grooms outfits

£500 for bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits

£400 for hair and make-up

£500 for flowers and decorations

£1,000 for a photographer

£150 for invites

£3,500 for wedding rings

£600 on entertainment

£500 for registrar

£750 for the wedding cake

£150 for favours

£300 for limo

Total £18,100

If you are planning your wedding according to these budgets be aware the honeymoon, and hen and stag parties will be an extra cost.

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