1. Pick the right date
You’re already saving a lot of money by getting married outside of peak wedding season, but if you’re looking to save a little more, think of your dates carefully. New Year’s Eve will be more expensive, but a weekday in the run-up to Christmas, not so much.
And if you’re getting married in January or February, travel tends to be cheaper after the holiday season, which is something your guests will thank you for.
2. Christmas wedding
As well as being “the most wonderful time of the year” to get married, Christmas has the added bonus of providing a free decor. Book your ceremony for a few days before Christmas at your local church or venue, and chances are they will be decked with trees and wreaths galore, meaning you might not need to add anything.
Also, if you’ve set the date a year in advance, shop the January sales for Christmas decorations at a fraction of the price.
3. Woodland decor
Be inspired by your surroundings and gather winter foliage and pinecones that will make for great table decorations.
4. Cheap wedding flowers
The most expensive wedding flowers are often those available for a few select summer months, like peonies. Pick winter blooms like poinsettias and mistletoe instead.
A WINTER WEDDING IN HERTFORDSHIRE
5. Wedding cocktails
Hot mulled wine or spiked hot chocolate are great alternatives to champagne, and a little more affordable.
6. Cheap wedding favours
Instead of fancy jam jars or chocolates, why not opt for candy canes or little baubles? They’ll double up as table decorations too.
7. Party food galore
If you’re looking to self-cater your wedding, then winter is the perfect time to do it. Why? Because thanks to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, supermarkets will not only have a better party food selection, they’ll have plenty of multi-buy deals too.
8. Get discounts on suppliers
There’s always more room for negotiations with venues and suppliers for winter weddings. Chances are the price will already be reduced as they will have fewer bookings during that period, but they may be more willing to reduce the price even further, or throw in something for free.
9. Grab a second-hand bargain
Once summer is over, many brides will sell unwanted decorations, and if you’re lucky, even their wedding dresses. So it’s well worth setting up alerts on eBay and trawling charity shops and second-hand wedding sites to grab a bargain.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY AT YOUR WEDDING
10. Go for mini Christmas puddings
Not bothered with wedding cake? Why not stack up mini Christmas puddings in a tower instead? Tasty and festive!
11. Get wedding insurance
Sure, forking out on wedding insurance doesn’t seem very money-saving, but it’ll cover you in case there’s a blizzard and your suppliers can’t deliver, meaning you’ll get your money back.
12. Shop the high street
Take advantage of the amazing selection of party wear the high street has to offer during party season. You’ll be able to find suits for the ushers and dresses for the bridesmaids at a decent price, and chances are they’ll be able to wear them again.
13. Borrow your grandma’s coat
Don’t spend a fortune on a white furry shrug you’ll never wear again. You’re bound to have an old aunt or grandma who has a fur coat lying around. It can be your something borrowed!