Save Money with a DIY Wedding

With the average cost of a wedding in the UK running to around �18,000, it's easy to understand why many couples put off tying the knot in favour of spending the money on more practical and long-lasting things. However, it's definitely possible to enjoy the wedding day of your dreams without spending a fortune � check out our top tips on saving money with a DIY wedding.

While many couples dream of getting married in a grand hotel or country house, there are plenty of venue options that are just as special available for a fraction of the cost. Try searching your local area for a field which you can hire for a budget price � you can rent a marquee to make it weather-proof, or go even cheaper with a selection of home-made and borrowed tents and shelters, glammed up with fairy lights, bunting and candles. Want somewhere a bit more substantial? Village halls, barns and community centres can all be hired out on the cheap and provide blank canvasses for you to decorate in your own personal style.

When it comes to all the little extras, don't be afraid to enlist the help of creative and committed friends. For entertainment, ask around your social circles � most people know talented bands and DJs that would be happy to perform, often for a fraction of the cost of generic 'wedding' entertainment. The same works for catering too � while no one can expect their friends and family to whip up a full 3 course dinner for 100 guests, a buffet-style dinner can easily be put together on the treat by asking your guests to each bring a signature dish.

Finally, it's important to remember that enjoying a memorable day with your family and friends is what counts. As long as there is food on the table and a chance to celebrate with loved ones, it doesn't matter if your wedding costs a few hundred or a few thousand pounds.

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