Some of you who have followed our journey on our Instagram will know that we got engaged in November last year. After what seems to have been a quick second, we had our day and it most definitely felt like a dream so we thought we would write up a little post on our wedding preparations for our big day and the tips and tricks passed along to us by friends and family.
Getting married can be expensive but Sam and I have made sure we cut down on costs wherever we could, we have listed below several ways to cut costs on your wedding day.
After having had a long browse on Etsy for some custom made stationery (invites, wedding menus and order of the day cards), I decided to make my own. It was one of the easiest ways for us to save a couple of hundred pounds and I love an excuse to to whip out my paintbrushes. I painted a few floral patterns which coordinated with my colour scheme and scanned them into my laptop. I then used Canva which is an online graphic-design tool website to design our stationery, it’s super easy to use. You simply select the type of design you want (invites, card, etc) and then you can either use of their pre-designed layouts where you simply just edit the text or you can start from scratch and upload your own images. At the end, I made sure to save the document as a PDF (for print) so that the print quality was good and printed the stationery using my canon printer at home. This was one of my favourite parts of our wedding planning.
FORGET THE RSVP CARDS
Instead of including an RSVP card and a stamped envelope with our invitations, we decided to create a free wedding website using www.gettingmarried.co.uk. The website allows guests top pop on and let you know if they can make the day plus any dietary requirements they have.
I had a few quotes from a few florists and they usually all came to somewhere around £500. The package would include a bride’s bouquet, bridesmaid’s bouquets and boutonnieres so not including flowers to decorate the venue either. I honestly couldn’t justify spending this amount of money on flowers for one day but that is just my personal opinion. One of my friends who recently got married told me that she went to supermarkets such as Marks & Spencer’s and Waitrose a few days before her wedding and then put them into bouquets the day before. This was such a fab idea and in total, I spent about £100 for all the bouquets and boutonnieres. The best flowers were some light pink roses I got from Morrison’s for £6!
Good luck to those of you who have your special day coming up and let me know if my little tips helped you in any way!