5 Tips for a Wedding on a Budget

Last summer, it was reported that UK wedding costs had reached an all-time high, with the average rising to just over £30000. If you are engaged or thinking about getting married soon, numbers like that might fill you with dread. The engagement ring is one thing, but the idea of spending that much on one day might seem a little much.

While it would be lovely to spend that kind of money and have whatever we want, the reality for most of us is that if we wanted to splash the cash in such an extortionate way the only option would be to get into massive amounts of debt, which isn’t always a great way to start married life. Or even an option for all of us.

But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a beautiful wedding on a much smaller budget. Many people manage to do it on less than £5000, without spending more than they can afford, or regretting their choices. Here are some great tips to help you to get married on a budget.

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Prioritise

If you’ve always wanted a band, look here, to find one. If the honeymoon means more than the wedding, go for it. If you want a big meal, or something a little different food wise, have it. Just make cuts elsewhere. Break your budget down into sections, assigning money to every part of your wedding. Spend less on the things that aren’t important to you, and more on your priorities.

Don’t Be A Slave to Tradition

You don’t have to have flowers, just because it’s the tradition. You don’t have to have wedding cars or fancy invites. You certainly don’t need save the date cards or centrepieces. Don’t feel like you have to have everything that everyone else does. If these things are important to you, that’s fine. If they’re not, they are great places to save money.

Get Married on a Monday in November

Venues, entertainers, caterers and even hairdressers could charge you more on Saturdays in the summer. Weddings in the winter and mid-week are often much cheaper than summer weekend weddings.

It’s also worth skipping the word “wedding” when you speak to suppliers. This little word could inflate costs massively. Just tell them that you are planning a party if possible.

It’s Who You Know

You probably know loads of people that could help. It’s time to call in favours or to ask people for help, instead of wedding presents. Ask yourself if you know anyone that could bake a cake, or DJ your reception. Are there any photographers on your friends' list that could give you a discount?

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Keep Your Number Small

When it comes to a wedding, people cost money. Every person that you invite costs you money in food, invitations, favours, and drinks. A wedding with 100 guests is much more costly than one with 50.

When it comes to your guest list, don’t fall into the “If I invite her, I have to invite him” trap. You don’t have to invite anyone. It’s your wedding. Instead, ask yourself if you’d buy them a meal usually, if not, do you really need them at your wedding?

The Surprising Issues That Can Cost A Marriage

It seems that it’s more common these days for marriages to end in a divorce than couples sticking it out until they are older. Many grandparents and older generations have marriages spanning years. But today it seems it’s easier to walk away than work on the commitment you made.

There are a lot of causes of divorce, but perhaps you may find that you are reaching for the family law solicitors numbers too quickly. Some marriages can be resolved with good old-fashioned communication. Here are some of the surprising issues that cause a marriage to end and a few tips to avoid it if you find yourself in that situation.

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Young age

It may seem obvious, but people who marry in their late teens are more likely to have a marriage end in divorce than someone in their 20’s or older. By about age 22 the percentage rate falls significantly. It would appear that the level of maturity has a lot to do with these marriages ending sooner than intended. Other than delaying marriage there isn't much that can be done to avoid a young marriage ending in divorce. Of course, there are couples out there who have beaten the odds and are still going strong. If you married young and are thinking about calling time on your married life just take a moment to go back to that age you were when you made the commitment. What was it that made you do it in the first place? Try and remember what you loved about each other.

Insecurity

Having either one or both of you insecure in a relationship isn’t particularly healthy. It’s quite surprising that feeling insecure would be a reason a marriage would end. This may have a lot to do with a couple not communicating how they are feeling. Health issues could also have an effect causing depression and anxiety towards your marriage. Communication is key to resolving issues of insecurity. A lot of the time your partner may just need reassurance. It is advisable not to get frustrated in the situation but to be there to offer support.

A change of circumstance

If all of a sudden you are struggling financially or if circumstances have changed, then these factors can have a strain on marriage. One of the main marital vows is “through better or worse” meaning you should be able to stick it out whatever the circumstance. Sadly, some people can’t cope with the strain a financial situation can put on a marriage. Communication is another way to resolve the issues. Loss of jobs or being to blame for a change of circumstance can make you feel inferior. But a marriage means you are part of a team, and that’s exactly how you will get through the tough time.

As much as these issues are surprising reasons a marriage may end, with a bit of time, effort and communication they could be resolved. I hope this inspires you to work on your differences.

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