How to Save Money for a Wedding


I’m guessing you’re looking at ways to save money for a wedding because you’re engaged, am I right? Well then, let’s get started 🙂

Best Ways to Save Money

In my opinion it’s all about the small changes in your day to day life. From chucking those coppers into a jar to using Groupon on a monthly basis as a treat, these things can really speed up your savings!

Money Jar

This is probably the most well-know money saving idea but so many people fail at it because they simply forget to put their change into it.

What me and a blogger friend have been doing is looking for £2 coins. Only these special coins would go into our money bank, which is the perfect idea to prevent yourself from spending it and saving up a good amount in a small jar!

Budget Planner

Whether you’re an excel wizz or an app fanatic there are lots of ways to keep a list of your budgets. I’ve found this Wedding budget app that calculates your finances which might be helpful for a quick calculation. I recommend starting one straight away and filling in all of the costs that you expect to have, such as the venue costs, stationery, florist and wedding dress etc. Then throughout your engagement make sure to keep on top of the costs so that you can see exactly what you’ve spent or need to spend.

Top Tip: Be sure to include a calculation for your ‘deposit’ so that you know how much you’ve already paid. 

Make a Packed Lunch for Work

This one is a big saver especially if you work in the city. Bringing your own lunch into work can slash your weekly outgoings by half. Trust me, this discussion comes up at my work every few weeks and nobody can ever deny the amounts of money that can be saved by eating homemade sandwiches, salad or leftovers.

Coupons, Vouchers & Discount Sites

Now, it’s time to think about doing EVERYTHING on the cheap. Fancy going out? Find a Groupon voucher. Fancy buying a new LBD (Little Black Dress)? Find a My Voucher Code offer in your favourite shop! Once in a while you might even find a wedding service discount like I did with my cake maker.

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How to Save On a Wedding

Now, this section helps you cut down costs on the wedding itself.

I recommend firstly working out a budget that you can afford to work against. Can you family help contribute? Perhaps you can start a wedding collection during birthdays and Christmas rather than gifts? What about selling your old items on eBay to raise money for your special day…? Anyway there’s loads you can do so see below.

Do You Know Talented People?

If you’re lucky enough to have family and friends in a particular trade, such as a florist, a cake baker or a dress maker etc. ASK THEM. This means you can be cheeky and ask for mates rates or in my case my mum was my florist so she did my flowers for free as my wedding gift of course! 🙂

Do It Yourself

DIY always works well. It takes time but it always comes out personal. I made my own wedding invitations and hand-painted my favours, which were a set of 3 Russian Dolls.

Buy In Bulk

Alcohol, decorating material and sweets – you name it. The more you buy the more likely you’ll get a discounted price. Costco is perfect for this kind of thing.

Marry Off Season (Nov-Jan)

Costs go down considerably during the off-peak months. It’s not for everyone but I was totally happy to have a winter wedding that was on our anniversary and engagement day at the end of November.

Marry on a day that isn’t Friday or Saturday

Setting a date for your big day that’s between Sunday and Thursday can save thousands of pounds in some venues so definitely worth thinking about if you’re on a budget!

Go to Wedding Fairs for Discounts 

Fairs that are full of wedding venue ideas, wedding dresses and wedding cake tasting stalls can offer really good prices on the day. Be prepared to hand a deposit there and then… and the bargain down the price too!


These days it’s easy to hire the groom’s and ushers’ suits plus many other things. If you don’t mind not having something after the wedding, such as decorations, table centrepieces or perhaps even your wedding dress, then have a think about hiring these things out as you’ll pay a fraction of the price of the new.

Buy Second Hand

Don’t look down on buying second hand items. Not buying new wedding decoration can save you loads of money, especially as you can find high quality items for half the price of new ones. There’s eBay, Gumtree, Preloved, Sell my Wedding and many more wedding resale sites available.

What do you think of my money saving tips? And what will you be doing to stick to your wedding budget?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.

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