Easy Ways to Cut Down on Wedding Costs

Are you planning a wedding and feeling worried by the mounting costs? With the average wedding in the UK costing around �18,000, it's no wonder more couples than ever are putting off their nuptials in favour of more long-lasting investments. But with a bit of planning and some creative thinking, you too can enjoy the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.

First, think about areas that you are prepared to compromise on and those you are not. For example, if you've got your heart set on a country house wedding why not cut costs with a second hand dress from eBay or your favourite vintage market? Or, if your big day won't be complete without your dream wedding car why not cover the cost by saving money on entertainment and enlisting friends and family to act as DJs?

Once you've got all the essentials down, it's amazing how much money you can save by cutting costs on all the extras. Instead of forking out for expensive flower arrangements, why not spend the afternoon before the wedding picking wildflowers for bouquets and table arrangements? Or, instead of spending a fortune on a sit-down meal for all your guests why not get everyone to bring their favourite dish as part of an informal buffet?

If you're really on a budget, your best bet is a simple, DIY venue that you can decorate to suit your tastes. Village halls and community centres are a bargain to hire and can be easily jazzed up with fairy lights, bunting and a good sound system to make the perfect party venue, while fields � with optional marquees for bad weather � are ideal for creating a back-to-basics festival vibe. Throw in space for all your friends and family to camp and you'll have a party to remember for just a few hundred pounds!

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