Recent statistics show that an average wedding costs around £22,000, but here's how you can plan a beautiful big day for a fraction of the cost...
With this budget it's all about knowing who your friends are – and what their talents are!
Laura Sack from The Budget Bride Company says: 'Having a wedding on a £5,000 budget is easier than you might think. You'll need to be ruthlessly honest in inviting only your very favourite people though, and choose your venue accordingly. I'd recommend a register office ceremony and village hall reception. You can really go to town on DIY decorations to beautify and personalise the space.'
Other savvy ways to save on your £5,000 or less wedding day...
- Shave a zero off your dress budget by heading for the high street. Coast (left, £185) and Debenhams both stock wedding dresses for around £150, while H&M have one for £60.
- Ask your bridesmaids to wear their own dresses in your chosen colour scheme. Traditional pink chiffon would only lurk at the back of their wardrobe for the next 10 years anyway.
- Opt for a buffet and ask friends and family to bring an offering instead of gifts – just make sure hey don’t all end up bringing the same thing or you’ll be eating potato salad for weeks afterwards.
- Shear the photography budget in half by sending a (trusted) friend with a camera on a photography course.
- Do your own flowers, or use potted plants.
- Wedding cakes start at a few hundred pounds, but ask around and you're bound to find a willing Bake Off fan with a creative streak!
- Book your honeymoon via AirBnB: options include rustic-luxe stone huts in Italy for £61 a night, boho loft apartments in Barcelona for £67 a night, or a houseboat on the Seine for £91 a night.
- Save a few hundred pounds by selling unwanted possessions on eBay. Let the money accumulate in your PayPal account rather than it disappearing into your current account.
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