There’s a giddy excitement that comes with first getting engaged, but once the initial buzz has subsided and the task of planning your dream wedding begins, it’s a totally different kettle of fish. Though worth the effort, of course, orchestrating your big day comes with an endless list of things to do and think about, primarily, are you sticking to the budget?
It’s no secret that weddings are expensive (the average cost according to recent research is £20,593). Even if you’re an ace at cutting costs, sticking to your initial spend agreement can feel like a pretty tall order at times. The question is though, what is worth splashing out on and what could you forgo to avoid falling into the trap of coming in way over budget?
Luckily, if you’re currently in the throes of planning your nuptials, or are about to get started, there are thousands of previous brides to seek sage advice from — and that’s exactly what we’ve done. With the UK about to play host to 320,000 weddings this year alone, and the season of love in full swing — not to mention the cost of living continues to rise — many couples are seeking ways to save money and decrease their original budget, so we spoke to money saving expert Natalia Iachim at Discount Code to find out the five biggest wedding spending regrets and how to avoid them yourself.
5 biggest wedding spending regrets and how to avoid them
The guest list
According to Google trend data, the search term ‘wedding guest list’ has seen a 526.67 per cent uplift within the last month alone. Such an uplift reveals that many couples find it tricky to navigate the build of a guest list. ‘Creating a guest list is often the first point of call for couples, and it’s easy to get carried away,’ says Lachim. ‘It’s wise to remember that the number of guests impacts the cost of every aspect of your wedding. Before you extend an invite to a person, analyse how this will impact the costs of the rest of the day, including venue, food, bar bill etc. Don’t be afraid to inform people that you are having a small wedding in order to keep costs to a minimum. In the current climate, it will be easy for them to understand.’
The designer dress
Over half of brides say that they regret spending so much money on their wedding dress. ‘Constantly scrolling Pinterest and bridal sites can lead many brides to believe that expensive designer dresses are a must for their wedding day’, states Lachim. ‘However, the micro weddings of the pandemic have shown that wedding day attire should be prescriptive to a person and is a chance to really showcase a personality. Renting dresses, purchasing in a sample sale, or not pursuing a traditional dress can save thousands of pounds. If you want to save further, adopt the something borrowed tradition towards the likes of a veil and jewellery, not just one item. This can also ensure that several aspects of your look hold sentimental value’.
According to Lachim, paper extras can add up to £910 to the cost of a wedding. ‘Couples often underestimate the costs of what they may deem minor extras. Elaborate signage, biodegradable confetti, place settings and invitations can be a major expense and often, they are not necessary. Before investing in paper extras, determine how their absence will impact the day itself and how important you will consider them after your wedding. If they are deemed “nice to haves” and not essentials, then contemplate eliminating them from your day. Remember, it’s also worth looking out for brand sales on social media, seasonal sales and even DIYing them.’
Google trend data shows that the search term ‘are wedding favours necessary’ has received a 9.800 pre cent uplift. ‘Such an uplift confirms that couples already feel that wedding favours may be an unnecessary expense when it comes to their wedding,’ says Lachim. ‘Couples can spend hours personalising favours for guests to be so focussed on the goings on around them, they spend only seconds looking at them. If you feel that favours are essential, triple up their use and make them the favour, place name and setting.’
‘Sweet table wedding’ has received a 582.06 per cent in Google searches. Sweet tables continue to be a popular wedding trend, however they can be costly, making it another of the biggest wedding spending regrets. ‘If you choose to have a sweet table, be aware that not all of your guests will use it. You could also hold the table instead of a dessert or even make the dessert table the couples favourite sweets only.’