There are lots of ways to knock thousands of a wedding budget with a few clever DIY tips and by using the talents of friends. Here’s some top budget busting tips from How 2 I Do.

  • Keep the day guest list down to close friends and family only
  • Look at prices for mid week or Sunday weddings as they are often far cheaper
  • Serve processo or sparkling wine instead of champagne
  • Swap a 3 course meal for a hog roast, cream tea or fish and chips
  • Use candles, lanterns and rose petals instead of large floral displays
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  • Get ready at the venue instead of having expensive wedding cars
  • If you have a friends who can sing, ask them to perform during the ceremony
  • Buy cake tiers from M&S, stack them and add fresh flowers to decorate
  • Make your own stationary on your PC and print onto good quality card
  • Look in Ikea or The Range for reasonably priced venue decorations
  • Keep floral displays small in tea cups, jam jars of bottles and display in clusters of 3
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Areas where you should never scrimp are,

  • Wedding insurance is crucial and could save you thousands if things go wrong
  • Good photography is essential as you will be never have the chance to retake those key shots
  • Don’t scrimp on food quality but it’s fine to make clever substitutions as above
  • Make sure you have a good DJ or band in the evening as this will create a great atmosphere

Floral Image courtesy of Splendid Stems Floral Design and The Knot

Budget Tips courtesy of How 2 I Do Wedding Planning

Original Blog post by Steph from http://www.bristolweddingnews.co.uk/