Save Money With A Winter Wedding
Crisp autumnal and winter days are still a wonderful choice for your wedding day. There are plenty of opportunities to save money too. Cater for your guests with hearty and warming food, decorate your venue with beautiful, rustic-inspired flower arrangements, and gather around cosy fires.
May to September is the most popular and expensive months to have your big day, with the most affordable in November, January and February. Here’s how you can save and still have the most special of days.
We contacted ten weddings venues around the UK to compare prices of hiring barns, stately homes and country houses on a Saturday in August versus a Saturday in January. Our research showed that on average you could save yourself over £1400 by getting married during the off-peak season. Some venues have bigger price differences than others – one in Cambridgeshire had a huge £3750 saving on January dates whilst one in Suffolk had just a £450 seasonal price difference.
You’ll be able to make even bigger savings if you choose to have your wedding on a weekday. One of our contacted venues had a massive £2500 discount for weddings held on a Thursday – Thursday is the new Friday, right?
A top tip to save money on your winter wedding catering costs is to have your wedding later in the day so that you won’t need to feed your guests as often. Keeping your ingredients local and in season helps both with price and taste, too! Serve up warming stews using less mainstream cuts of meat and enhance your menu for a smaller cost.
Serving your wedding cake for dessert will also save you money, but make sure you go for an extra special flavour to wow your guests!
Play around with sprigs of foliage and winter berries. As with food, keep flowers seasonal so your florist won’t have to spend extra time and money sourcing from abroad. Roses will always be a romantic choice but gypsophila is a pretty and affordable addition to any bouquet, hairpiece or buttonhole.
Do away with floral centrepieces, make your winter wedding intimate and cosy with tiered vases and lanterns with candles inside to set the scene. Fairy lights on dark evenings are a great choice for elegant additions.
With the average cost of a wedding photographer in the UK around £1,520, this is one part of the day that many couples look to save money. As with venues, photographers may be cheaper off-season or on a weekday and this offers opportunities to negotiate on price. You can further reduce your costs by hiring your photographer for less time and focus on the key events of the day including the ceremony and reception arrivals.
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