Top 5 Tips For A Budget Wedding : Food & Drink

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Food & drink is always a huge chunk of the wedding budget. Three quarters of your budget could be used on food & drink without even blinking! If you are trying to budget carefully for your wedding it can seem quite overwhelming when you start to look at the full cost of feeding & keeping all of your guests hydrated! 

Here are our top 5 tips to help keep costs down on food & drink at your wedding. 

 

Tip #1

The Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes are expensive - there’s no getting away from that. If you had your sights set on a huge 6 tier wedding cake with intricate decorating on each tier, you may have to rethink. A professional wedding cake could be anywhere from £400+ depending on the size & the amount of detail. 

If you have a family member or a friend that loves baking & feels confident in creating a multi tier cake then ask them to make one for you. Make sure you offer to pay them for their time & the materials. 

 

Tip #2

Think Dessert Table

Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, why not have a dessert table instead. You could hold a ‘Bake-Off’ style table where family & friends bring their own creations instead of presents. Or, if you are a confident baker yourself, you could make your own ahead of the wedding day. 

 

Tip #3

Make Wise Menu Choices 

If your venue allows you a choice of menu then maybe opt for a BBQ style or a stylish buffet instead of a sit down meal. Buffets don’t have to be outdated & you don’t have to feel like your at a kid’s party. If thought about & put together nicely a buffet can be a really lovely choice. 

 

Tip #4

Buy In Bulk

If you venue allows you to, buy your own booze & soft drinks & buy in bulk. Buy it from a cash & carry or buy it when it’s on offer at the supermarkets. You could even display the drinks in old bath tubs, wheelbarrows or colourful bins. 

 

Tip #5

Have Your Cake & Eat It

Why not make your centrepiece cake the main bulk of a buffet too. You could have a pork pie cake & a cheese wheel cake & also have them as your evening buffet too! Add some crackers, chutneys, a meat platter & some nibbles & you have a buffet that your guests will love!

 

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Top Tips To Save Money On Your Wedding Stationery

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Tip #1

Choose Digital Invites 

 

Wedding invites are an essential part of the wedding planning process. There are some really beautiful designs for wedding stationery but not everyone has the big budget that goes along with some of the beautiful designs. Do you want hand crafted & stunning calligraphy for your wedding invites, but your budget doesn’t allow for it? 

You could have a graphic designer design digital version of your invites and then print them at home yourself for a fraction of the cost. Or, if you are conscious of the environmental cost of printing then you could send them electronically instead! 

 

Tip #2

RSVP The Digital Way

 

Instead of sending Save The Dates via the post, which can be expensive for the printing & expensive for the postage, why not send them via a wedding website instead. Not only will it save you money, it will save your guests money as they will be able to RSVP through the website instead of sending it through the post. 

 

Tip #3

Customise not Custom

 

Custom wedding stationery is expensive - why not look at DIY wedding printable invitations instead. There are lots of beautiful websites that allow you to purchase the design that is fully customisable for your wedding. 

 

Tip #4

Think Big

 

Instead of printing out 100’s of order of the days for your wedding guests, why not have one large one instead. You could have a beautifully calligraphed chalkboard or large mirror instead. You could also have a matching table plan to tie in with your theme. Not only are these budget friendly they are also totally on trend & chic.

 

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