Can you plan the perfect wedding for £5,000?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past however-many-years, you’ll know that a wedding is bloomin’ expensive. Yep, unless you decide to elope with your significant other or have a quickie down the registry office, you’ll get that weddings have loads of different details to them – and they all seem to cost an arm and a leg. Not literally, of course. There’s the venue to think about, the dress, the suits, the decorations, the DJ, and that’s just the start! Before too long, the price has skyrocketed and you’re looking at a wedding that costs around £27,000. However, not everyone has near-on 30K in their bank to splash on the wedding of their dreams… so can you plan the perfect wedding for £5,000? Here’s what you need to spend on each aspect of your wedding to keep within your 5K budget:

The Ceremony Fees – £500

Before you do anything, you need to know that a wedding of any kind will cost you around £500. Yep, it doesn’t matter whether you’re going down the town hall or renting out a huge estate, couples will always pay the same amount for their ceremony fees. These fees include the marriage license and the cost of the registrar for the duration of your ceremony. You NEED to make sure you keep this money to one side, otherwise you’ll be having a party for absolutely no reason where the new Mr & Mrs definitely won’t be invited…

The Venue – £1,000

If you want to keep within your £5,000 wedding limit, you need to spend one of the largest chunks on your wedding venue – but that doesn’t mean you go all out with your money like they always do on Don’t Tell The Bride. Instead, you should leave £1,000 for your wedding venue! Although you might be shaking your head and tutting at the screen right now, finding a wedding venue for this price isn’t as difficult as it may sound. Pubs and restaurants are always offering prices like this one to couples looking to hire them out for the day, and there are even some wedding venues who reduce their prices during the autumn and winter seasons.

Wedding Catering – £1,500

Although you’re under no obligation to feed your guests, it’s kinda the ‘done-thing’ with any wedding across the world. Wedding catering will take a huge portion out of your wedding budget because you have dozens of hungry mouths to feed, and you should expect to pay around £1,500 for a wedding with 50 guests. The food is completely down to you, so you better get your taste buds tingling.

Wedding Photographer – £600

Hopefully you’ll only ever have one wedding (fingers crossed!), so you need to ensure that you capture every moment so you can remember it for the rest of your lives. Of course, you can’t stand around and take in every little aspect or every single guest during your big day, so you need to employ someone who will. Hiring a wedding photographer is a big deal, and you need to ensure that their services are what you want. Because of this, you should expect to shell out a bit more than you would on anything else. It’s well worth it!

Wedding Flowers – £200

What is a wedding without flowers? Well, it’s basically a party where someone wears white. Yep, to make your wedding special you need to cover your venue and your ceremony with flowers – but these can be pretty pricey. Thankfully, it’s easy to save money on your flowers if you know how to. Opt for artificial flowers, buy them from your local supermarket, or pick them from your own garden! You should expect to pay around £200 or less for your wedding flowers.

The Cake – £65

Okay, so for £65 you’re not going to get the most extravagant cake on the planet, but you can definitely try your hardest to be as close as you can to it. While you won’t be able to enlist the help of a professional baker for your wedding cake, you could enlist the help of a family or friend who just so happens to be a dab hand in the kitchen. Failing that, make your own!

The Dress – £180

You need to stop shaking your fists at us, ladies, because we promise you this is possible! Sure, you may have tried on dresses in wedding boutiques and nearly fainted from the 4-figure price tag – but that isn’t always the case. In fact, there are so many ways to buy a cheap wedding dress, you just need to know where to start. Trundle along high street stores for their bridal collections, buy pre-loved dresses on eBay or re-selling sites, or customise your mum’s old dress. There are so many options, you just need to be open to them.

Groomswear – £75

No matter whether you groom decides to hire or buy a suit, you will always be able to get one for under £75… if you know where to look! Suit shops and hire companies are always having sales and deals, so it’s best to keep your eyes peeled throughout the year. Just because you are spending less doesn’t mean your groom will look any less dapper, because many high street retailers are now smashing the suit competition. It all works in your favour.

Bridesmaid Dresses – £90

Although we always say that the bridesmaids should never upstage the bride, they should still look beautiful, which is why you should spend at least £90 on your lovely ladies. It’s easy to buy high street dresses for this price – or you could join the debate and ask your bridesmaids to fork the bill for their own dresses. Failing that, you could just ask them to donate a portion of the price so you can spend less. After all, every little helps!

Wedding shoes and Accessories – £100

Because your wedding shoes will be covered by your dress, you don’t need to worry too much about them being absolutely perfect. Obviously you need to fall in love with them, but you definitely don’t need to buy Louboutins for the sake of it. Instead, you should spend around £40 on your wedding shoes, which is so easily doable you might even be able to buy two pairs! You should also factor in £60 for any accessories or jewellery you may want to wear on the day.

Hair and Makeup – £90

If you’re looking to create the perfect wedding on a budget, you might need to rethink some of your priorities. Sure, you’d love to have a makeup artist cover you in Chanel makeup, but do you really need something so expensive? For a basic (but brilliant) hairdresser and makeup artist, you can expect to pay around £90. If anyone offers you anything more than that, send them packing!

Venue Decorations – £175

Unless your venue is decking out your reception venue as part of your package, you’ll probably need to add your own little touches to your wedding in terms of the decoration. Although it can be easy to go overboard and buy everything you can touch in John Lewis, there are so many shops that offer beautiful decorations at discount prices. Our fave? IKEA!

Entertainment – £225

If you’re currently looking for a wedding DJ or band, you’ll know that you can’t get much for under £500. At least, that’s what they like to tell you! If you book a DJ or band for a smaller length of time – say two hours – you will be able to get a discounted rate than if you chose to hire them for the whole evening. This is one of the best ways to save money as you can get everyone pumped up with the hired entertainment, and then take over with a Spotify playlist.

Honeymoon – £200

If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, you’re probably also planning a honeymoon on a budget. So, instead of going further afield for a week, why not stay closer to home with a little mini-moon? You could easily spend £200 on a few days away in the countryside so you can enjoy the first few days as a married couple. If you’re not into this, you could always create a honeymoon registry and ask your guests to help you out with an even bigger and better honeymoon!

So there you have it, folks! A perfect wedding for £5,000! Do you even need to know any more? You should probably just get planning now…

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