By Helen Bloomfield
We recently wrote a blog on how to find the perfect wedding photographer for you. Now it's time to see how you can get the most out of every penny you spend and make the day personal and true to you both.
We believe that by making a few clever decisions you can not only get more bang for your buck, but get the venue of your dreams, the dress you always wanted and help get you the team who will capture those memories for a lifetime.
Serve Italian bubbles!
Swapping Champagne for Prosecco will make a huge difference to your drinks budget. The biggest reasons prosecco costs less than Champagne are...
1. The production process is modern and more efficient.
2. The branding! Prosecco is from Italy, but Champagne is from a small protected region of France where fewer grapes can grow and fermentation takes at least three years.
Whilst they do taste slightly different, not many people will notice. Your guests will be too busy giving cheers to you the new Mr. & Mrs.
You could also use prosecco to make cocktails like Bellini or this summer’s star drink Aperol Spritz!
If you are serving beers and cider, consider contacting a local brewery and try and grab some bargain local ale with almost no transportation cost.
Create a portable floral display
Rather than decorating both your ceremony room and your reception room with different flowers, have your florist design a spread that can work across both rooms. When the guests are enjoying their bubbles outside, the flowers can be moved from room to room, saving you a huge chunk of money! Staff at venues know how to make this look effortless and almost unnoticeable.
You may be imagining the perfect dress, the perfect jewellery, the perfect designer heels… well let us stop you there. Is your dress full length? Will your shoes be hidden the whole day?
If your answer is yes and yes again then you can save money and swap designer shoes for a high end high-street pair. I did exactly this for my wedding and not only was I more comfortable, I knew that the few glimpses of my Russell and Bromley shoes still looked great!
Consider the 'off season' wedding
Considering a wedding ‘off season’ will not only add a pretty twist to the day in the styling of Winter and Autumn, but it is also considerably cheaper. We married in the cold month of December and had a lovely white, winter themed wedding with snow flakes, winter flowers and faux fur shawls to match.
Or maybe go for that weekday wedding?
Many venues cut their prices drastically on the less popular midweek days. You can save huge amounts of money by having a weekday wedding. Just send out your save the date cards nice and early for your guests to make arrangements for time off work!
Your carriage awaits you
If your ceremony and reception are at the same venue then do you really need to hire that Rolls Royce? Whilst it would be lovely to travel to the ceremony in style, as you will not be needing transportation to the reception, no one else will even get to see the car as they wait for your arrival down the aisle.
If you do have two venues; have a friend with a quirky old classic or relative with a shiny new car drive you instead. No one will be any the wiser and people often love being a part of your big day. An old mini or MG make for great wedding photos.
The wedding suit
Many grooms, groomsmen and ushers will fancy a tailored suit for their day. Did you know that companies such as Suit Supply use some of the finest materials available to any tailor yet adjust a range of sizes – you would struggle to tell it apart from a hand made suit once their made to measure adjustments have taken place. This tip comes highly recommended and often costs little more than renting a good suit, but avoids baggy rented suit trouser legs.
Embrace the home made!
It’s trendy to be inventive and everyone loves a personal touch. Making your own wedding stationary, arrangements and favours will save you money and they will look stylish. Rope in those bridesmaids and groomsmen to help you too! We love to photograph the small personal details that make the day YOUR day.
That includes the cake too!
Wedding cakes can be very expensive. Why not ask your keen baker friends to bring their home-made cakes and put out a desert table. We did a Great British Bake Off theme amongst a few close friends at our wedding and not only did our friends enjoy being included in the prep for the day but it even got a little competitive! It was a touch that we have never forgotten and have remain grateful for ever since.
By being personal, unique and inventive in your touches and choices you will free up a few valuable pennies to get things like the venue of your dreams, it will mean that you will not have to miss out on your desired photographer.
You may have noticed that nearly all of these tips will improve your wedding photos too! Make sure the memories of your special day last forever with wedding photos that you are delighted with and will treasure. Get in touch with us today and make us your trusted wedding photographers.