Bride and joy wedding ideas

Congratulations! You’re about to embark on one of the most amazing moments of your life. It’s time to get the preparations under-way. Planning the essentials for a bride’s big day can be a little overwhelming, never mind trying to keep it on budget. If an affordable approach is a must, then we’re here, with the help of industry professionals, to impart our handy hints and tips on how to plan a beautiful wedding on an affordable budget. In part one of six of our wedding infographic series, we’ll offer advice on everything from frock favourites to foundation techniques, beautiful wedding accessories and shoes - the tick list is as long as a bride’s train. What's your money-saving wedding tip?

Your bridal style on a budget

See more of The Budget Wedding Series: The Bridal Party | Planning the Day | The Finer Details | Ceremony and Reception | Starting Married Life


  • February 19, 2014 at 9:09PM

    A lot of couples budgeting for their wedding leave out recording their day because of expense. This is the one keep sake that you can have for children and grandchildren to see. We found d digital who are very low cost and quality a wedding dvd is exactly what you need to remember the day.

    // tania o callaghan
    February 19, 2014 at 9:09PM

    On our wedding day we're not having a traditional wedding cake or cupcake tower. Instead we are having a tunnocks tea cake tower, we are getting the top tier made into the shape of a tea cake (we're only having a top tier so we can cut). Being scottish they are a bit of a scottish gem. I think the cake will look quirky and original without looking cheap. The best part is the price as we only have to pay for a small cake to be made and the tea cakes :-) xx

    // Lisa Campbell
    February 19, 2014 at 9:09PM

    Table decorations can cost a fortune ... An idea that could save you a lot is to gather jam jars (in fact any kind of jar will work equally as well), friends and family will no doubt be able to help. I'm tying mine with lace ribbon, filling them with Gypsophila (cheap as chips) and setting them on white doilies. Mixing these with tea lights will hopefully create a simple and pretty look. Also; instead of a photo booth you could set aside a small corner of your venue, provide your guests with a box full of props (eBay is always good for comedy glasses and wigs), a large, old picture frame and disposable cameras and allow them to snap happily away. Our photographer has suggested he set up and take the photos for our 'photo booth' during the intervals between eating/speeches and dancing when he is less busy ... a photographer and photo booth in one - bargain!

    // Rebecca Legge
    February 19, 2014 at 9:09PM

    I used my club card vouchers to purchase my platinum wedding band for free. I also used a cash back credit card for 3 months when the rate was at 5% and bought all of my wedding stationary again free of charge. Just remember to pay the card in full at the end of the month! X

    // Clare Murray
    February 19, 2014 at 9:09PM

    Utilise the SALES!!! Keep a look out for things you have seen at full price that then go in to the sale! I bought all my invitations AND my five bridesmaids dresses in the sale! BARGAIN!

    // Katie Bevan
    February 19, 2014 at 9:09PM

    Dont mention the W word until you really have to if you can avoid it especially if its a small wedding - telling a hotel you want a private party etc will save a fortune x

    // Mhairi
    February 19, 2014 at 9:09PM

    Buy a savings tin - the kind that can only be opened with a can opener. Make a pact with your fiance that every time either of you get given a £2 coin in your change you will put it in the tin. A small tin will hold around £400-£450 when full a large one can hold up to £1000. The tins are great as you can't dip into them as the only way to get the money out is to cut the top of the tin off with a can opener. We filled a large tin between us which came in handy towards the cost of our wedding.

    // Sharon Curran
    February 19, 2014 at 6:06PM

    In all the lead up to booking suppliers dont be afraid to haggle. If you dont ask you dont get x

    // kiara
    February 19, 2014 at 5:05PM

    Firstly I wrote a list of priorities so I knew what we were happy to spend a bit more on. We booked a Friday and a date in October to save money, on ceremony, reception venue and food. I am DIYing my blingtastic shoes, my favours and card box. is excellent for cost effective wedding stationery. Controversially I am ordering a Chinese knock off of the dress I fell in love with in a bridal shop, the site takes PayPal, responds quickly to emails and sent me free fabric samples to check. I think this is fine if you are happy for settle for a dress that will be 80% or so identical to the couture gown of your dreams. That isn't one tip but take your pick!

    // Laura Penny
    February 19, 2014 at 5:05PM

    Love wedding saving tips, and you can find some real gems on keeping costs down without skimping on quality. I would like to share a tip on wedding stationary. This one is about getting creative, and if you feel creativity isn't a strong point for you then perhaps call on a friend. First off look for a printing company. Go for one that isn't specifically bridal or wedding related. That will be your first saving, as stationary companies that are specifically bridal tend to charge a bit more than your standard printers. Most will allow you to upload your design together on their website using a given template. Secondly, get a design together. Perhaps a drawing or painting or you could even use a photograph. The great thing about this is that it makes your stationary so much more personal. A drawing or painting will need to be scanned and you can get some great tools to modify it on your computer. A bespoke design without the designer charges. Thirdly, once you have chosen the printing company you want to use then you can upload your design and wording to be printed out. A lot of companies will have a selection of different kinds of card, card sizes and finish. You can then use your design to print out at home, get a printers to print out sickers etc, the list goes on. If you want to save even more money, then skip the printers and use your design to print at home!

    // Noelle Muir

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