How To Thursday - Cut Your Wedding Costs

Posted by Darren Dunne on May 22, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.


This week is How to Cut the Cost of Your Wedding Day.


Did you know that the average cost for a wedding day was €24,000 in 2013? To some that may seem like a lot of money to spend on a wedding day but you don't need to spend that much for a great day. If you're clever and a little creative, there are great ways to trim some of that cost and still have a fabulous wedding day.



  1. Cut back on the guest list - the bigger your guest list, the higher the expenses. Reducing the amount of guests will reduce the cost of food, reception, and favours.
     
  2. Choose an off-season date - consider having your wedding on a weekday or during an off-season period such as the winter months. There is less demand and therefore less cost involved. 
     
  3. Budget and Prioritise – create a list of the highest and lowest costs for all aspects of your wedding (catering, flowers, photography, entertainment, rental fees etc). When deciding which areas to cut down on, you can refer to this list.
     
  4. DIY Invitations – Wedding invites can be created easily and cheaply using a computer or good old cut and stick methods. 
     
  5. Haggle! – Negotiate with wedding vendors (reception and catering for example) and try to reduce the price or add extra services for little to no extra cost.
     
  6. DIY Centrepieces - votive candles with mirror bases, and flowers floating in glass bowls can make simple, yet elegant and budget-friendly centrepieces. Silk flowers are also cheaper than real flowers.
     
  7. DIY Place/Name Cards – like the invitations, place/name cards can be easily made using a computer and a good printer, or crafted by hand using cheaply bought materials such as coloured card, ribbon, fabric, and buttons.
     
  8. Family Favours - ask friends and family members to provide services. Many people are more than happy to help with catering, photography, makeup and hairstyling, or entertainment on your wedding day.
     
  9. Provide a Buffet - Family-style buffets are more budget-friendly, as well as less formal than sit-down dinners. As well as keeping the cost down, it might create more conversation among your guests.
     
  10. Buy bridesmaid dresses off-season- bridal shops often offer a clearance rack of bridesmaid dresses from the previous season with large discounts. Many department stores also offer bridesmaid style dresses, just without the bridal shop price tag. 
     
  11. Make your own favours- create simple favours, such as bags of candy or little jars of homemade goodies with a monogrammed ribbon. Simple homemade touches are often more appreciated than expensive gifts.
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