With a few careful wedding budget hacks, it’s easy to have the wedding of your dreams without spending more than £10,000. To help you plan your spend we have broken down the £10k budget so you know where to spend your money.
Wedding Venue - £2,400
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It is possible to find an affordable wedding venue – consider local hotels as they will usually have package deals. If you’re open to the idea of a wedding package from your venue, you can save money as they normally include catering, some drinks and your entertainment (typically a DJ) as well.
Catering - £1,600
If you decide not to go for a package at your venue, and have around 50 guests at your wedding breakfast, this will give you a budget of around £32 a head. Skip the starter and go for a simple but hearty main, like fish and chips or pie and mash. You can always serve up your wedding cake for dessert too, to cut costs. Afternoon tea style wedding breakfasts or a buffet are other affordable options.
READ MORE: Wedding Catering: Everything You Need to Know
Ceremony Fees - £500
It doesn’t matter what your budget is or how big your wedding is, you’ll have to pay around £400-£500 for your wedding ceremony. This cost includes the registrar and the marriage license for a civil ceremony, or the cost of having a church wedding ceremony.
Stationery - £150
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Feeling creative? You could have a go at DIY wedding stationery to save money, but if you’re not that crafty why not order printed wedding invitations online? You can find wedding invitations from as little as 99p per card on the hitched stationery site.
Hair and Makeup - £100
One of the best ways to save money on your wedding hair and makeup is to only pay for yourself to have it done, and to let the bridesmaids do their own.
Having a hair trial can add a lot on to the cost of your bridal beauty, so why not talk to your usual hairdresser about your options there? If you trust them you may feel comfortable forgoing the trial. You can also save money by going to the salon, rather than asking the hairdresser to come to you.
Check out our DIY wedding makeup tutorials to learn how to do your own wedding makeup to save money.
The Bridesmaids - £150
Obviously the fewer bridesmaids you have, the more money you’ll save. If you choose to have three bridesmaids, you can allocate £50 per maid and opt for a high street bridesmaid dress they can wear time and time again. A good way to make your money go further is to ask them to wear shoes they already own – at least they’ll be comfy and confident in them!
Bridal Accessories - £110
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This includes your veil, jewellery and shoes. Online retailers like ASOS have a wedding section where you can snap up a veil for as little as £15. You can buy high street wedding shoes and jewellery – or ask a relative or friend if they have some jewellery you can use as your something borrowed. It’s sentimental and will help to stretch your budget.
Wedding Photographer - £1,100
Talk to your wedding photographer about the packages they offer and see if there’s anything you can trim from it to cut costs, such as a photo album. Another way to save money on your wedding photography is to have the photographer there for less time – don’t have them stay throughout the meal and the first dance, instead hire them for the getting ready pictures, the ceremony and for any group and couple shots after the ceremony.
Wedding Reception Décor - £200
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You can make your wedding reception look seriously fancy without spending a fortune. Reuse the bridesmaids’ bouquets in your centrepieces and visit Etsy and Not on the Highstreet for affordable lanterns, candles, faux flowers, fairy lights and more.
Wedding Flowers - £350
Check out our guide to wedding flowers to find out what’s in season when you’re getting married, and then opt for those flowers and it’ll help to cut costs. When it comes to the bridesmaid bouquets, cheaper blooms like gypsophila look really effective in a bouquet on their own.
Wedding Dress - £750
The wedding dress of your dreams doesn’t have to cost thousands of pounds. Visit sample sales at bridalwear shops or hit the high street – stores like Phase Eight, Monsoon and ASOS sell beautiful wedding dresses with a reasonable price tag.
Wedding Cake - £240
Marks & Spencer do a vast selection of wedding cakes, many of which come in under £235 and can be dressed up with flowers to suit your wedding theme. If you don’t want to go to a supermarket for your wedding cake, you could always opt for an elegant single tiered wedding cake, and have a cutting bar hidden that you can serve. Or opt for a wedding cake alternative such as brownies or a tower of doughnuts!
Entertainment - £500
If you haven’t gone for a wedding venue package that includes entertainment, you can hire a DJ for around £500 for your evening party. Use an iPod playlist during your wedding breakfast and walk down the aisle to pre-recorded music to save money.
To keep your guests entertained after the ceremony, you could always put on outdoor games and print out wedding table icebreakers for a low-cost way to keep everyone amused.
Groomswear - £150
Many groomswear hire shops do great deals when you’re hiring more than one suit. You could always hire suits for the groom and best man, and ask the ushers to wear their own, or buy a suit from the high street. Shops such as Topman and Marks & Spencer do suits for £100.
Honeymoon - £1,700
Allow yourself a budget of £1,700 for a dream honeymoon – whether that’s a week on a luxurious, all-inclusive beach somewhere exotic or a slightly longer trip closer to home in Europe. If you really want to save money, you could always have a luxury mini-moon in the UK and put the money you save into your photography or wedding dress budget…
If you want to give your wedding budget a boost, make sure you read our list of 23 things to give up now to help you save for your wedding.