Money Saving Tips

Top money-saving wedding tips including hometown hen nights and quirky photography options

Weddings have pretty much been on hold for the best part of a year in Scotland as a result of lockdown restrictions and public safety guidelines put in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Tighter rules on gatherings both indoors and outdoors has had a knock on effect on those keen to tie the knot, however, those rules were relaxed last month with ceremonies and receptions now allowed to have up to 50 guests in attendance.

But there are still strict rules in place for each lockdown level, including no singing and dancing, line-ups banned, no live music allowed and guests to wear face masks at all times except eating.

And for loved-up couples looking to tie the kno t in a post-pandemic Scotland, financial experts at have created a list of eight top tips to help cut costs and save cash without compromising on the big day.

Costly flowers, photographers, and food can set newly-weds back thousands of pounds, so planning a wedding is all about knowing where priorities lie and allocating the budget accordingly.

Eight wedding money-saving tips

These tips from could help keep your wedding spend on track and help you stick to your budget.

All in the date

The best way to save on venue costs is by picking a less desirable date to hold the event on.

Saturdays are typically the most expensive, because of their prime weekend spot, closely followed by Sundays and Fridays.

To save some money opt for a weekday wedding. Not only will the venue be cheaper but so will some of other vendors, like caterers, because weekends are in high demand.

Getting married during the wedding off-season in your area is another simple trick to help your money go further – the dates will be in low demand, so venues will offer them at a discount.

Hire planning help

Although wedding planners in themselves are an expense, they can help couples source the cheapest deals from vendors and stick to the budget they have allocated.

Those unable to stretch to a human planner can use apps and journals to build guest lists, table plans, budgets and checklists. A paper planner will also allow brides and grooms to have all receipts, expenses and ideas in one place.

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Capturing memories

Consider booking a photographer for a shorter day, so that they still capture the most important moments, but don’t charge for the full 12-14 hours.

Rates can seriously drop when late nights and early mornings are not needed. It is also worth reaching out to newly qualified photographers. Their portfolio will be on social media and their day rate will be much cheaper due to a lack of experience.

If a photo booth is more fitting for the wedding, a great way to save money is by setting up a Polaroid station with a few cameras, props, and reels of film.

Book small

Couples can always upgrade their package or wedding plan, but getting a downgrade is much harder. Book the big day based on the minimum guest count with the lowest catering package and adjust as the date gets closer and more people RSVP.

This way there are no worries if guests decide to drop out in the run up or if anything unexpected happens.

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Deals and discounts

Get savvy when it comes to wedding spending and only make purchases towards the big day when deals are available.

Follow favourite dress shops, suppliers and florists on social media to stay in the loop with their sales and special offers.

Using discount codes online could help save money on some of the costliest aspects of a wedding.

Hometown hens

Let’s face it, no-one has been out in so long that a night down the local would feel like a far-flung treat. Take advantage of friends and family not being out in a while and plan the perfect hen or stag do in your hometown, visit everyone’s old favourites and the newest, fanciest bar around.

Go retro

Back in the early 1970s, it was common for weddings to have a modest guest list, borrowed dresses, and receptions in church halls or the back room of a pub, with buffet food in a distant aunt’s best dishes.

Many couples are opting for smaller affairs at the moment too, sharing their ‘cere-mini’ day with 15 close guests and planning for a ‘cere-many’ party in the future when restrictions have been eased.

Save cash and don’t splash it all on expensive catering

Paper saver

Paper and printing costs for wedding stationary can be very costly. It is always worth ordering all of the items needed at once, such as invites, envelopes, orders of service and seat plans, to help reduce delivery and multiple order payments.

Also consider which couples can share a menu, or song sheet on the day to cut costs. Partners with pretty penmanship can even consider writing invites and addressing envelopes themselves.

Make a day of it and invite friends or family for company and assistance.

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A spokesperson from said: “You might be the kind of person to cry at weddings, but we are the kind of people that cry at the cost of them.

“Coronavirus has affected just about every area of our lives, but large events have been especially hard hit. The couples who have spent the pandemic shifting their plans will be sick of postponements and cancellation costs and will be wanting to know how they can save some money.

“Newly engaged couples will be getting anxious about the potential wait to wed too, but they can put this time to good use and see where costs can be cut without compromising on their big day.”

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