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Affording Marriage Before Marriage
The normal cost of a wedding has ascended to a mind boggling £27,000, with dresses alone averaging out at over £1000. Given that the normal UK wage is just shy of £28,000 per annum, plainly, getting hitched is a costly endeavour. Not just that, it’s one that puts many couples under enormous financial strain. Not the best start to married life!
It may come as a surprise that it’s perfectly possible to get hitched without using up every last cent, and it is, indeed, conceivable to have an impeccable wedding day for under £1000. Removing unnecessary spend and doing a great part of the arranging yourself as well as utilizing the many talents of your loved ones will all keep expenses to a minimum.
This infographic points you to the most essential parts of your wedding, where you can save cash and how you can fill your heart with joy instead of dread at the prospect of marriage.
Get hitched for under £1000 and you can still have the ideal day – you’ll also be giving yourself the absolute best opportunity to start married life without debt and with carefree attitude you deserve.
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How to get married for under a £1000
The average cost of a wedding in 2017 has risen to an incredible £27,000 with dresses alone and averaging out at £1,385.
Considering the average UK which is just under £28K per annum, this is an astonishing amount to spend on one day, even if it’s the most important of your life…
How to cut down on costs
Do it yourself
You can delegate almost every job to a wedding planner, other than saying ‘I do’ and spending the rest of your life and marital bliss. Save the cost to do it yourself.
The guest list
The idea of a date you, but keep it to close friends and family and you’ll be saving thousands of pounds. In for a list of 44 starters and do your best to stick to it.
Use the talents of your guests
Do you have a keen photographer, DJ, or cake baker amongst your friends and family? Use them. Although professionals will tell you differently, there’s not an awful lot to baking three cakes and stack them on top of each other.
Have a budget, shop around and Source your own venue – Village Halls are good starting point –then decorated with the help of friends and family. Go local and save time and money on a wedding car – delegate a friend to drive and Glam it up yourself.
Food and drink
Many venues will allow external catering, and buffet food is cheaper. Mary later in the day to avoid serving two meals. And does anyone really want vaul-au-vents and finger food, when a massive plate of serve-your-dash own hot dogs will fill it the hungry, Tipsy hordes?
Purchase or higher suits from The High Street, as the best man to wear his own and color coordinate with matching ties. The High Street also does an affordable range of wedding and bridesmaid dresses for under £100, and no one will be able to tell the difference.
The honeymoon you paragraph you’ll be exhausted following your big day, and may just want to sleep in and delusion whatever I was Newly Weds get up to. Save money on a massive holiday abroad for a time when you can only afford to but will be in the state of mind to truly enjoy it.
Detailing essential cost will let you know how much you have left to ‘splash out’ on non-essentials, be these hair, jewelry, flowers, decorations, or weekend away.
Marriage license and fees: approximately £150
Venue: Village Hall hire from £20 per hour * 7 hours = £140
Buy your own booze for £250 (average 50 bottles of wine or 30 crates of beer)
Clothes: groom suit from £49; wedding dress from £69
Rings: matching titanium bands from £35
Total essential cost: £893
Budget left for non-essentials: £107
Make it magical
Making your own decorations will not only save you lots of money, it’ll add a personalized bespoke – on a budget!
Make your Venue is yours for the day!
Purchased twine and colorful cards
decorate to suit
punch holes in card, Loop and string, fix with tacks
Cost: less than £10
Big savings can be made by doing it yourself.
- Purchase card and silver marker pen for place cards
- Collect pedals from your garden and scatter on tables
- Dot tables with tea lights
When I add a personal touch?
- Make paper airplanes from colored paper
- Hessian bags filled with pot potpourri
A homemade favour is both personal and memorable. Present and Hessian bags and tie with a bow.
- Shortbread or chocolate hearts
- Daffodil bulbs
- Small pots of homemade jam or chutney
You have the rest of your life to live, laugh, and love – there’s no need to do this faced with massive debt. Enjoy your day and remember: it belongs to you, your true love, and nobody else.