A Wedding on A Budget

March 11, 2016

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Wedding bus

Even a wedding on a budget can still have great expectations. If cash is short and the dream wedding seems to be out of reach, the solution is to start planning early and thinking outside the box.

Getting everything together for a wedding within budget is very important, though it is still possible to deliver the unexpected with a little imagination and provide a fabulous wedding design for a snip just by shopping smart.

A wedding has several main areas to budget for with a large portion of the wedding budget being spent on the reception. One way to cut the reception budget is to choose an unpopular day, such as a midweek day, or the winter months. This may also reduce the guest list.

The wedding budget form provided is a simple guide on how to estimate for each component.

wedding budget sheet

When it comes to the wedding budget, start by agreeing on an overall amount to spend, then allocate an amount to each component: ceremony; reception; flowers and entertainment; wedding outfits; wedding photography; wedding stationery; and the wedding extras,  transport; invites; cake; jewellery and finally but not on the form the honeymoon. Also remember to prioritise what’s important to you both.


To save money homemade is one option and invitations are are the perfect starting point. With a little imagination you can create super wedding invitations without the expense, anything from a personalised photograph to hand drawn details can be used to get your wedding message across.

Lavender candle holder

There are many other homemade options from homemade tealight holders to individual centrepieces.

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For those sewing bees among us these John Lewis make your own favour bags are perfect for a wedding on a budget and will add a fabulous touch to any wedding table.

At NS we do like the idea of things that can double up, doing two jobs, such as named favours which can double up for place names, or flower bouquets that can be re-used for table decor.

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To add a little bit of extra charm to your homemade wedding items this personalised wedding stamp from John Lewis may be the answer.


If you are inspired by the great British bake off and baking is your thing then an homemade wedding cake is one option to save money. Cupcakes are the easiest to bake, topped with swirls of butter cream and edible glitter just look divine on a tiered cake stand, embellish with roses. For bride bakers with a little more ambition a triple naked sponge topped with summer fruits and whipped cream is bang on trend.

If this is a little too daunting then look to the high street for your sweet treats, where you will find places such as M&S have a fantastic selections to suit. Shop now for those perfect wedding treats.

A smart tip is to shop the high street for the ideal wedding gown. At the moment you will find a large selection of beautiful embellished bridal dresses. The one we have picked out is this gorgeous ivory Farah bridal gown from Monsoon, hand-embellished with delicate pearl beads and intricate embroidered pattern. This rather elegant gown has a fabulous neckline, half-length sleeves, and keyhole back detail, plus the stunning 35 cm puddle train is the perfect finish.

Teamed up with the Monsoon Vienna bridal veil, crafted from two beautifully draped tulle layers, and ornamented with delicate embroidery completes the bridal look.

No need to splash out on those bridal feet as these gorgeous shimmering Ayda bridal heels, with delicate embroidered flowers and  simple, super thin ankle straps are just sublime.

When it comes to dressing your maids on a budget the high street is key. At NS we still love the Aurora midi dress that can be worn in eight different ways. The two chiffon sashes can be twisted and tied in multiple ways to create a unique look for each maid.

To complete the look add these superb delicately embellished vintage-inspired Anca T-bar heeled sandals.

Wedding tip:If a more exclusive wedding styles is your wedding dream then one option is a sample sale where designer wedding dresses are on offer at special discount prices, to keep in budget just add high street accessories from shoes to jewels.

Mango Bay Food

Good quality and tasty food does not have to cost the earth, one option is to try and get an all inclusive deal from the wedding venue as this can workout cheaper then individual prices. Another wedding tip is to check the prices of both plated and buffet food you may be surprised. Another way to reduce the food costs is to time your ceremony for late afternoon so you only have to provide a main meal and some light evening snacks.

If you are thinking of providing the food or getting in outside caterers choose a simple tasty menu to keep costs under control, there is no need to show off with fancy expensive dishes. Afternoon tea or a hog roast can be a great alternatives to a formal sit down meal.

Here are just a few ideas to impress your guess without splashing the cash. Remember when budgeting for your wedding be realistic, flexible, creative and be prepared to haggle to ensure your wedding budget will go a little further to create that delightful wedding feast for your guests eyes.





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Sharon Maher is a wedding and party planner, event venue stylist and also writes the blogs Norah Sleep Wedding Style, Norah Sleep Living Style and My Wedding Marquee about weddings, food, fashion, style and things that inspire her in life. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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