10 was to save £1,000’s

With almost half of couples (47%) making the biggest contribution towards their own wedding, make the pennies go further with out money-saving tips. Chances are, no one will ever know – or notice!

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Bargain hunter brides should search out sample sales, where bridal boutiques sell off their remaining stock at discounted prices – in some cases as much as up to 70%. Also, it’s well worth visiting designer outlets – Bicester Village, which is a mecca for labels such as L.K.Bennett, Prada, Paul Smith and Jimmy Choo, offers up to 60% off end-of-season stock.

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Avoid a long gap between your wedding ceremony and reception – photographers and musicians will charge you for extra time.

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Find a venue with a no corkage charge for the wine, spirits, beer and champagne – then take a booze cruise to a French hypermarket or do a discount deal with a local off licence on a bulk buy.

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Cut back on flower costs. Invest in a florist for the most photographed flowers like your bouquet and DIY the rest, and create arrangements that work for both the ceremony and the reception. Mix short (cheaper) arrangements with expensive taller ones and you’ll save £s!

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Arrange for poured service at a sit-down meal over bottles on tables. The average guest drinks half a bottle of wine, so a 150-person meal will need about 75 bottles – that goes up to 100 if guests pour their own.

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Skip a bespoke big-tiered wedding cake, which can run into thousands, and serve single-tier ones at each table that double up as centrepieces.

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Opt for a wedding on a less popular date – these include Friday 13th and April Fool’s Day – and watch prices tumble. You might also want to consider a morning wedding followed by a breakfast buffet, which will save on a lavish sit-down meal.

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If making favours yourself, you’ll save if you buy in bulk. Give one shareable favour – such as a jar of old-fashioned sweets – to every couple instead of each guest.

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Sending save the dates, invites and thank yous electronically will save a fortune on postage. And skip place cards at the reception – instead write a guest’s name on a menu.

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Be open and honest about your budget with vendors/suppliers. If they know from the outset what you have to spend, they can work with you to help create the day of your dreams. Some vendors will offer to cut their fees for online feedback. Ask yours if they are willing to give you a discount in exchange for a testimonial.