Weddings can be expensive but if you don’t have a lot of money to spare, you can still have a stylish day on a budget.


Choose flowers which will be in season on your big day. This means the florist won’t have to source blooms from overseas at extra cost.


If you are keen to have wedding favours, consider making them yourself. There are lots of craft websites where you can find inspiration but some good ideas include personalised cookies and other sweet treats. Some favours can also be used as table place name settings – saving even more money. Check out PrintGlobe for great personalised items including favours and more.


Why not save money on catering by inviting your guests to contribute their own favourite homemade desserts and cakes? The Great British Bake Off has made cooking and baking fashionable once again. You could even have a prize for the most impressive.

Wedding Dress

Having a beautiful dress does not mean having to spend a fortune. With plenty of forward planning and by taking the time to look around it is possible to pick up some amazing bargains. For example, at the end of the season many gowns will be significantly reduced in price, enabling you to pick up a bargain ready for the following year. Many stockists have sample sales, so check their websites regularly.


Summer weekends are popular for weddings and as such, tend to be the most expensive. By choosing a midweek or winter wedding, you could potentially save a third on venue costs. A midweek wedding means you will find it easier to book other premium services such as, a highly popular wedding photographer in Hampshire.

Car Hire

If you know friends who already own a luxury car, why not ask them if you can borrow it for your big day?

Hair and Make-up

If you have friends or family with a flair for hair and make-up, you could ask them to create your wedding look.

With plenty of practice and a visit or two to a big name beauty counter for some advice and tips, a professional look can be easily achieved.

Alternatively, look out for newly qualified hair and make-up artists who are looking to build up their portfolios. Very often they will charge a much-reduced fee.