Thinking back to my wedding day back in 2004, it was a day a girl always dreams about. Wearing an amazing dress, having all your friends and family around you and celebrating in style. I absolutely loved my venue, a small hotel out in the countryside that we had exclusively just for our day. The house had a sweeping staircase down the centre which I walked down and this led straight into the ceremony room where our guests were eagerly waiting.
After the ceremony we went out of some double doors, down a few steps into the gardens for a glass of Pimms and some canapés. It was great to catch up with people and share our special day. It’s one of the few times in your life that you get all of your family and friends together in one place and spend a joyous day in their company.
I also remember the wedding breakfast fondly and everyone commented how spectacular the food was. The trio of mini chocolate desserts was a big hit. The room we ate in was the perfect size to see everyone and my mum had dressed the tables with all sorts of flowers, candles and petals – they looked fabulous!
Weddings can be an expensive time, and I know when I saw the price of my venue, I had to sit down! But I did find that a way to save money is by having your wedding on an alternative day to the traditional Saturday that most people have. My venue offered a 25% discount off the total price if you had the wedding on a Sunday, so we did, and it saved us a lot of money – so that is my top tip if you are looking to reduce costs on your wedding day.
Some other money saving tips I’d recommend are that I got ready in the bridal suite of the venue as I was having a civil ceremony there, which meant I had no need for a wedding car.
Do your own flowers, I bought some luxury pink roses and some huge green leaves which we wrapped around the outside and then bound the stems with satin ribbon. To me they looked gorgeous and I only held them for the ceremony and the photographs, so glad I hadn’t spent extra on specially made ones.
Also write your own invitations, I did look at printed ones but they are so expensive. There are some really lovely luxury packs of wedding invites to buy in the shops and if you use a nice pen, and a bit of calligraphy writing, you can make them look really good with that personal hand written touch at a fraction of the price.
If you are looking for help in the form of a loan for your wedding day then why not call Chris and the rest of the personal loans team from Ocean Finance who will be happy to discuss your needs.
This post was my own views on weddings written in collaboration with Ocean Finance who compensated me with some restaurant vouchers for my time.