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Planning the perfect wedding

There’s so much involved in making your wedding a day to remember. So it’s hardly surprising that costs mount up very quickly. In fact, it’s been estimated that the average cost of a wedding these days is around £18,5001.

Making savings

Don’t overspend more than you have to – even for your wedding! You don’t want to start married life with unmanageable debt. So here are some hints that could help you keep costs down, without making your day any less special.

  • Do something different. Summer is peak wedding season. So think about spring, autumn or winter as an alternative it could save you a lot. But if you really want to get married in the summer, think about midweek dates, rather than the weekend. It could cost you far less. Just make sure the guests know in plenty of time, so they can book time off!
  • Know when payments are due. Ask the people you’re inviting to get back to you before you start paying for catering and venue hire. That way you’ll know exactly how many people you’re buying dinner for, and you won’t spend more than you have to.
  • Take your time. Once you’ve decided to get married, you’ll want to do it as soon as possible. But waiting even a little while gives you time to save.
  • What do you want and what do you need? Think about what’s really important to you and get those organised first. Then, if you can afford to, you could add extra flourishes.
  • Think creatively. Making your own invitations, menus, table decorations and settings could save you a small fortune. If you’re good in the kitchen, make your own cake – or ask a baking-mad friend to get involved. Get friends to help you dress the venue or arrange the flowers. They’ll love being such an important part of your day.
  • Something old… Vintage is definitely in and it’s cost-effective too. Check vintage and antique shops for one-off clothing, jewellery, table settings or decorative ideas. Raid the family lofts for heirlooms. Ask friends to do the same. It’s amazing what you’ll find – and you’re supposed to have something old on your wedding day, after all!

What else should I consider when budgeting for a wedding?

Start by thinking about all the big costs involved. These might include:

  • Those all-important wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses
  • Outfits for the groom and ushers
  • Fees for the church or registry office
  • Hiring a venue
  • Day and night time catering and entertainment
  • Accommodation
  • A photographer or videographer
  • Transport for you and your guests
  • Flowers
  • Honeymoon


This article is intended as general advice only which is not intended to cover specific circumstances and needs. The information in this article is also not linked to any of the products offered by Clydesdale Bank PLC.

Yorkshire Bank is a trading name of Clydesdale Bank PLC.

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