How to have a cheap wedding on a budget

Cheap wedding in Surrey on a budget.  Read the essential guide

8 Ways to have a Cheap Wedding in Surrey

Read our essential guide on how to have a cheap wedding in Surrey if you have a small budget. How many couples are still paying for their wedding on their 5 year wedding anniversary? Is it worth going into massive debt for a wedding day? When couples get married, there is no good reason to get married to your overdraft as well. Weddings in Surrey are going to show you ways and means of saving £££££ and how to have a cheap wedding in Surrey, if your budget is limited.  Couples CAN  and DO have a cheap wedding in Surrey and have the day they want without compromise.

The Money side of things

Couples that have to borrow money to get married should take a look at the lowest rate interest credit cards. (yes, they still exist).They can then budget and pay off the debt over a period of time without incurring extortionate interest charges. Bank interest rates on loans have never been so cheap.  Look around for the best rate and loan for a fixed period.  It will be cheaper than extending a bank overdraft.

The Venue

Did you know the cheapest month to get married is in November?  More so, Brides and Grooms that get married on a weekday can achieve a cheap wedding in Surrey with considerable savings.  Getting married on a weekday, or bridging the weekend by marrying on Friday or Sunday reduces the cost of your venue. Even more so, get married on a Sunday or weekday in Winter and couples can save up to 50% on the overall cost of a wedding reception.  Many wedding suppliers will offer further discounts for weddings in quieter periods.  So do ask! Surrey is an expensive area but other UK locations are not. If you don’t mind travelling to find a wedding venue in a less expensive county.   Your guests can travel and it’s a good excuse for your guests to make a staycation out of it.
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Bridal Wear

Brides don’t have to wear new! There is a big second hand, sample wedding dress bridal market. Swoon Wedding Gowns based in Weybridge specialises in Sample Once Worn wedding dresses. Oxfam has numerous bridal shops devoted to the second hand bridal wear market. Check-out Preloved UK for specialist second hand, nearly new bridal wear. You can save upto 75% and more off the cost of a new dress. Look out for end of season sample sales for wedding dresses, every bridal shop has them to make room for next year’s stock. Visit high street shops for your bridesmaids dresses – especially at sale time.
Attend craft fairs for wedding jewellery – there are many crafters who make the most amazing wedding jewellery at a fraction of the price of a retail shop.

Wedding Stationery

Card craft shops can sell you everything you need to make your own wedding invitations. I personally made all of mine. total cost £25.00 for 40 invitiations. Not only that – they are fun to make. Print your own Save the Date cards by buying some pretty paper postcards (specialist stationery shops sell them).
Wedding favours on the tables, can also act as your place name cards by tying a label on with the guests name.

The Flowers

Buttonholes – if using a single flower such as a rose, this can be very stylish and elegant – and with a herb sprig is easy to make yourself.
Try clever tricks with candles and lighting before filling every space in your venue with flowers. If you are marrying in a registry office, reuse the flowers on the altar table to place on the top table. Place empty vases on the top table which can then hold the brides and bridesmaids flowers. Mirrors under vases on guests tables can create a dazzling effect without using lots of flowers.
If you are marrying in a church, you can decorate the pews with ribbon rather than flowers – considerably cheaper. Think about using lots of greenery in your floral displays instead of flowers.

Feeding your guests

Difficult one, as the guests will expect a meal. If you get married late in the day then the wedding breakfast alone should be sufficient. Couples who have  evening guests should cater for 60% otherwise the food (and your money) will be wasted. Barbeques can be cost effective, buffet style. Hire a hog roast and have a few salads. If you are thinking of self-catering, then rally around your friends and relatives and with some helpers and lay on a finger buffet.

The Drink

Some venues will let you supply your own drinks without charging corkage.  Ask the venue to quote you for a package that includes drinks – welcome drink, wine during the meal, and a champagne toast. Most guests these days expect to pay for their drinks outside of the wedding breakfast – so you can set up a paid bar.

Happy Snaps

Don’t be tempted to buy disposable cameras for the guests tables and have those as your wedding photos. They are usually of poor quality, and not pictures of what you want. If you have some friends who are interested in photography, its great to have them as additional photos.  BUT  we think this is one area that you need to budget for a professional photographer.  This is the memory of your big day for every more.

We could have saved even more on costs, by not paying for guest accommodation, or not having unlimited wine before the meal – but that was our choice. I hope this gives you some ideas on having the wedding you want without breaking the bank, and for some great suppliers to the wedding industry.

Hopefully you can see that a cheap wedding in Surrey does not have to be a compromised wedding