How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Really Cost?

Wedding photography is one aspect of your big day we’d advise you not to scrimp on, but don’t worry if your wedding budget is tight – there’s still a variety of affordable wedding photography packages out there, many of which include an engagement shoot, wedding album and up to 10 hours of photography on the big day.

How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Really Cost?

How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Cost?

You may have a friend who’s a keen amateur photographer and who has offered to capture your big day, but we’d still say it’s best to invest in a professional. You need someone who’ll stay focused on the job at hand and won’t be itching to go off and join the party, have a few drinks and miss some once-in-a-lifetime moments.

When you’re putting together your wedding budget, allocate some money for your photographs first and then look out for a wedding photographer whose style you like.

But how much money exactly should you realistically put aside for this? We asked some of our favourite wedding photographers what you should expect to pay for somebody who’s going to do the job well.

Expect to spend at least £1,000 on wedding photography

Mark Dolby[1] is based in Leeds, and has been a best man twice and as well as a groom, so he knows what it feels like to be on the other side of the camera! He advises that you budget at least a thousand pounds for your photography.

“The simple answer is £1,200, including your album and disc of images,” says Mark. “How much you spend on a photographer really depends on how important the photos are to you. If photos aren’t a priority, don’t be afraid to go for a less expensive photographer or perhaps only get coverage for part of the day. Just make sure you understand the risks!

“It’s hard to compare photographers based on price, because so much of what you’re paying for is about the quality of service and personality of your photographer. It’s worth investing in someone who’ll not only take great pictures but help you have a fantastic day, and so I think it’s important to meet them before you book.”

How much does a destination wedding photographer cost?

If you’re having an overseas wedding, make sure you can communicate with your photographer properly – whether this means getting a translator to be the go-between for you and the photographer, flying a UK-based photographer out to your chosen destination, or choosing an expat who’s based locally.

The last thing you need to be worrying about is whether your photographer knows exactly what you want from the day because there’s a communication issue.

Gypsy Westwood[2], who’s been photographing weddings in Ibiza since 2001, says that on the island you should expect to pay 2,000 Euros and upwards for a whole day.

You get what you pay for

Mark Tattersall[3] is based in the North West of England but travels all over the country to capture weddings for couples.

“When it comes to costs, it’s a simple equation,” he says. “Wedding photographers can only fit in so many weddings per year while maintaining good customer service, professional development and a smoothly-run business. It’s impossible to pay the bills unless you charge in the region of £1500 a time.”

How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Really Cost?“Some will charge slightly less and some a lot more, but a photographer charging under £1,000 must be either an up-and-coming talent or one of the many wedding photographers of whom I hear horror stories from couples who contact me for help after being disappointed with their budget photographer.”

“There are many talented ‘weekend warrior’ photographers who work a regular nine-to-five job during the week, but who still do a high-quality job at weekend weddings,” says Home Counties specialist David Bostock[4]. “However, you need to ask if they have invested in the back-up facilities for your images, professional gear and lenses that can shoot in very low light, and public liability and professional indemnity insurance should the worst happen.

“Certainly anything less the £1,000 a day is often a recipe for disaster. A full-time wedding photographer with upwards of 200 weddings under their belt should probably be around £1,500 for a full day’s coverage.”

“Many of the top wedding photographers will be charging more than £2,000 and sometimes over £3,000 for their services, and in my experience, the £2,000 cut-off is quite a telling price point. The most important thing is to check out their portfolio and their coverage of at least three full weddings.”

So according to our experts, £1,000 a day seems to be a ballpark amount to set aside for high-quality photography that you’ll cherish forever.

Here at Wedding Ideas, we’ve seen lots of real-life brides have beautiful and touching photographs taken by talented people for all sorts of prices, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that if you pay less than £1,000 that your photos will turn out horribly, But it’s definitely a figure to bear in mind while you’re putting together the budget.

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References

  1. ^ Visit the Mark Dolby website here (markdolby.co.uk)
  2. ^ Visit the Gypsy Westwood website here (www.gypsywestwood.com)
  3. ^ Visit the Mark Tattersall website here (mark-tattersall.co.uk)
  4. ^ Visit The Bridal Photographer website (www.thebridalphotographer.co.uk)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  7. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Join Wedding Ideas for Inspiration and Exclusive Discounts at the Wedding Weekend

The fabulous Eccleston Yards’ Wedding Weekend is Belgravia’s luxury wedding showcase, taking place from Saturday 9 March to Sunday 10 March.

Join several retailers, including Tailor Made London, the groomswear brand offering bespoke tailoring with cutting-edge technology; SMUK London, a one-stop natural beauty and lifestyle studio; British-born footwear label Duke & Dexter, and sustainable lifestyle brand Rêve En Vert, for a range of unique wedding-related events and activities over the course of two days.

Bride holding bouquet

Pop by for bridal hair and make-up workshops, tailored suit fittings, wedding fragrance profiling, bespoke shoe-design pop-ups and even talks on how to plan a sustainable big day.

Eccleston Yards Wedding Weekend

What’s more, if you take our Wedding Weekend feature (p.36) in the March issue of Wedding Ideas with you – on sale Wednesday 13 February – you’ll receive…


Complimentary Goodie Bags

Luxury bride and groom goodie bags, filled with pampering products worth more than £250 from Tailor Made London[1], with all no-obligation, 30-minute overview bookings made for the Weekend.

Tailor Made London will also welcome a Penhaligon’s fragrance sommelier over the weekend, who will be advising on the best fragrances to wear on your wedding day.

Overview appointments made on Saturday 9 March will also receive a complimentary haircut or beard trim in-store from London’s top barbers, Pankhurst.

Tailor Made London

If you purchase a fragrance, you’ll also receive a voucher for complimentary engraving on your bottles, which will need to be redeemed at a Penhaligon store.

Bookings to be made in advance at ecclestonyards.com[2], simply quote WEDDINGIDEAS19.


Complimentary Hair and Make-up Consultation

A complimentary 30-minute wedding hair and make-up consultation with international artist and founder of SMUK London[3], Miabella Ristorp.

Bookings to be made in advance at ecclestonyards.com[4]. Appointments available over a two-week period from Monday 4 March 2019, redeemable when you bring along the March issue of Wedding Ideas. 

SMUK London

Plus, an exclusive 10% off all SMUK London products and services, and a complimentary goodie bag, with bookings made over the Weekend.

Join a talk on how to hold a sustainable wedding with Rêve En Vert in the SMUK London studio on Sunday 10 March from 3pm to 4pm.

The Rêve En Vert sustainable bridal collection will also be available in the SMUK London studio, and includes Natalijia silk slips and robes, Christina Leonor sustainable Italian lingerie and sustainable bridal jewellery from Melissa Joy Manning.

The natural beauty and lifestyle studio opened in Belgravia in March 2018, offering hair and beauty treatments that are totally bespoke. Pop in for a manicure, pedicure or luxury blow-dry treatment, or opt for a relaxing massage or body-wrap.


Complimentary Personalisation of Footwear

Complimentary hand-painted initialling on any pair of Duke & Dexter[5] footwear purchased over the Weekend, plus 15% off all Duke & Dexter styles and 30% off group groomswear purchases (five pairs or more).

Duke and Dexter

The London boutique will also be hosting consultations with their in-house artist, plus the chance to meet The Bloomsbury Club mixologist, where you can learn to create bespoke ‘Groom’ cocktails.

Join craft jewellery brand The Workbench in-store for exclusive couples wedding band workshops over the Weekend and craft your own unique wedding rings from jewellers wax, to be transformed into silver, gold or platinum with free engraving. Pre-book via The Workbench.


Complimentary Cocktail and Lollipop Tree

A complimentary ‘Made To Measure’ cocktail and chocolate popcorn lollipop tree with every à la carte lunch and dinner booked at The Jones Family Kitchen[6] over the Weekend. Booking can be made in advance by emailing [email protected][7].

Jones Family Kitchen

Made from Kew organic gin, dill-infused sherry, lemon juice and grapefruit bitters, the Made to Measure cocktail is a great pick-me-up as you wander round the various stores at the Wedding Weekend.

Be sure to give the chocolate popcorn lollipops a taste, too; the apricots add a delicious fruity flavour, while the cornflakes bring an extra crunch.


10% off Your First Meditation Class at Re:Mind Studio

The Re:Mind Studio[8] in Eccleston Yards, near Victoria station, is a hub of calm and tranquility.

Remind Studio London

Whether you’re an experienced meditator or a complete beginner, there’s a wide variety of classes available – from restorative and nature-themed sessions, to group meetings in which you’ll learn to connect with those around you.


A Free Personalised Wine-Tasting Session In-Store at Bâtonnage Over the Weekend.

Personalised tastings can be booked in advance by emailing [email protected][9].

Battonage

As Belgravia’s newest wine merchant, Bâtonnage[10] offers a stress-free service to help you find the perfect wine selection for your big day, backed up by decades of expertise.

Plus, they’ll be hosting English sparkling wine tasting in-store with an exclusive 15% off purchases for your big day.


20% off any Class or Membership at Hot Pod Yoga

Simply quote HPYWEDDING when booking at hotpodyoga.com[11], one use per customer. 

Join Hot Pod Yoga in their Belgravia studio, where you’ll learn to stretch further and breathe deeper.

Hot Pod Yoga

The heat (37 degrees) will make your heart and lungs work a bit harder, helping you to burn more calories and giving you a great cardio workout.

To take up any of the offers above, please present our Wedding Weekend feature (p.36) in the March issue of Wedding Ideas. For further information on all events taking place at the Eccleston Yards Wedding Weekend, visit ecclestonyards.com[12]

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References

  1. ^ Tailor Made London (www.tailormadelondon.com)
  2. ^ ecclestonyards.com (mayfairandbelgravia.com)
  3. ^ SMUK London (smuklondon.co.uk)
  4. ^ ecclestonyards.com (mayfairandbelgravia.com)
  5. ^ Duke & Dexter (dukeanddexter.com)
  6. ^ The Jones Family Kitchen (jonesfamilykitchen.co.uk)
  7. ^ [email protected] (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  8. ^ Re:Mind Studio (remindstudio.com)
  9. ^ [email protected] (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  10. ^ Bâtonnage (www.batonnagewines.com)
  11. ^ hotpodyoga.com (hotpodyoga.com)
  12. ^ ecclestonyards.com (www.ecclestonyards.com)
  13. ^ chelseamagazines.com (www.chelseamagazines.com)
  14. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  15. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  16. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

12 Days of Wedding Planning: Where to Start

If you’re reading this, we’ll assume you’ve just got engaged! Once the Champagne has been drunk and congratulations said all round, the task ahead of you begins to dawn. You’ve now got some wedding planning to do!

12 Days of Wedding Planning: Engagement and Where to Start

12 Days of Wedding Planning: Where to Start

For most people, up until their engagement, they’ve never dabbled in much event planning. It’s natural to feel a little out of your depth in the beginning, but we’re about to change all of that.

So, where to start?

You know you want your day to be beautiful, romantic and just the best day ever. You want it to be a memorable event. After all the time, love and expense that goes into a wedding, we don’t blame you. However, you need as much planning so you know what needs to be organised and when.

At this point, you have two priority tasks that need to be organised sooner rather than later.

Firstly, you need to set your wedding budget. It’s best to divide your budget up across the things you’ll need to budget for (allocating amounts for your dress, venue and transport, for example). Don’t forget to account for the unexpected costs, like these commonly forgotten ones[1]. Your budget will dictate what is possible for each element. Start with the number in mind, and you’re more likely to stay on track and not set your heart on something unattainable.

It can be hard to know what things will cost, so start getting quotes from suppliers as soon as possible. If these are wildly different to your original budgeting plans, consider giving yourself longer to save. Alternatively, there are three ways to cut your wedding costs[2] down fast. By reducing your spend in some areas, you free up more money for the elements of your wedding day that matter the most to you.

Sorting the Venue

Once you work out your budget, choose your wedding date and book your venue. You’ve set your budget boundaries, doing this will set the goal posts for your timings. Having a date will allow you to let guests know to save the date and check other suppliers’ availability. There’s no point setting your heart on one photographer only to find they are already booked out elsewhere for your big day.

Finally, your venue is often one of the biggest expenses due to the catering costs usually attached. When you’re parting with a significant chunk of your budget to pay for it, it’s essential you get it right. Your venue should be in the budget and reflect the style of wedding you want. It’s not always an easy task to find this. That’s why the second day of wedding planning will be dedicated to researching, visiting and booking the best venue for you.

In the meantime, download our wedding planning tools[3] for free (including a budget planner!) to get started.

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References

  1. ^ these commonly forgotten ones (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ there are three ways to cut your wedding costs (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ download our wedding planning tools (www.weddingideasmag.com)

5 Top Tips When Planning A Wedding Budget

They say that failing to prepare is preparing to fail, so by planning a wedding budget from the get-go, you’ll save you plenty of heartache further down the line.

5 Top Tips When Planning A Wedding Budget

Taking out wedding insurance will help cover your big day preparation should disaster happen, but there are also some other, less-known strategies that you should be aware of. Julia Kukiewicz, consumer choice expert from Choose.net[1] gives five essential pieces of advice you need to know about protecting your purchases, meaning you aren’t left out in the cold.

Max out on consumer protection…

The way you spend makes a difference to the amount of consumer protection you’ll be entitled to. Use a credit card to pay, for example, and your credit card provider must protect any purchase between £100 and £30,000.

This is due to section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. If a retailer goes bust, if your goods are faulty or they’re not delivered, your credit card provider must refund you in full.

Debit card users or credit card purchases under £100 are also protected in a similar way. This comes under the chargeback schemes[2] from Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Chargeback is not a part of UK law like Section 75, but it can still offer a full refund if goods are not delivered. Claims can be made via your card provider (not Visa or Mastercard directly) after the problem arises subject to each scheme’s rules. It’s also worth noting that some credit card providers offer protection on purchases over and above Section 75.

These insurance policies usually cover loss, theft and accidental damage for around 90 days after purchase. Each card provider is different though so make sure you check the small print.

Weddings are expensive. Fact. Get savvy when planning a wedding budget with our 5 essential tips to help make the most of your big day!da-photo.co.uk

Don’t max out your credit card

Section 75[3] was designed to prevent consumers from getting into debt over something they never even received. Credit cards are covered under the scheme because they are a way of borrowing money. As with all forms of borrowing though, they come with a potential downside if you’re not careful. If you’re sensible about using them when planning a wedding budget, you should be fine though. Interestingly, research by MoneySupermarket.com[4] shows that two thirds of Brits who take out wedding loans don’t own a house.

It’s worth noting too, that you don’t have to pay any interest on a credit card to gain the forms of purchase protection listed above. Simply make sure you pay back the full amount within the standard interest-free period. You could also carefully use a 0% purchase credit card to spread the cost of a period of high spending. Don’t forget the promotion end date though, or you could get a nasty surprise.

As an added bonus, Section 75 covers a whole purchase even if it’s only partly paid for on a credit card. If you buy a £500 dress and pay £50 on a credit card and remaining £450 on a debit card you’ll be covered. If the shop goes bust and you’re left dress-less, the credit card provider must give you the whole £500 back. Definitely, something to consider for expensive purchases that may involve a risk when planning a wedding budget.[5]

counting coins wedding budget

Exceptions to the rule

All these forms of consumer protection are great options when planning a wedding budget. Be aware though, that just like an insurance policy they come small print that you should be aware of. Section 75, for example, is an extremely complex piece of legislation.
To demonstrate, let’s look at one big loophole in Section 75 protection – Third party suppliers. If you pay on your credit card, but through a third party supplier such as PayPal, Google Checkout or Amazon Marketplace your purchases won’t be protected. That’s because the law states, in order for the credit card provider to be equally liable for supplying your goods or services, they and the retailer must have a direct relationship. Third parties disrupt that relationship and the result is that the purchaser (you) isn’t protected!

Similarly, chargeback schemes come with their own specific rules that govern when consumers can make a claim. Visa, for example requires consumers to submit a claim within 120 days of them having become aware of a problem with a purchase. This increases to 180 days if the purchase was made abroad. Choose.net have written a full guide to chargeback and how it works[6] if you need further info.

The small print becomes even more important if you’re taking advantage of any extra protection your credit card provider is offering. Common exceptions include second-hand goods and jewellery, but every provider is different so check that small print!

Know your statutory rights

Don’t forget all this extra protection comes on top of the standard Sale of Goods Act 1979. This says goods must be:

  • Of satisfactory quality
  • Be as they were described
  • Be fit for purpose and
  • Last a reasonable length of time

There’s a lot of confusing words in there – What’s satisfactory? What’s reasonable?. Use them as guidelines when making a complaint to a retailer about a fault. Hopefully, most retailers will be able to resolve a dispute without you even having to resort to making a claim.

Don’t forget the honeymoon

5-essential-things-planning-a-wedding-budget-atol-logoFinally, remember when planning a wedding budget[7] that there’s now extra consumer protection for holidays/honeymoons under the ATOL[8] scheme. If any company you’re dealing with – from an airline, to a hotel or car hire goes bust you should be covered for any loss. On top of that, ATOL also entitles you to a refund of any additional costs you incur as a result of the problem.

In early 2012 the ATOL scheme rules changed so more holidays than ever are protected. It used to be the case that only very specific kinds of package holidays were covered.
Now booking a flight and any additional part of the holiday such as accommodation or car hire will be covered through an ATOL protected provider, but only if the two parts are booked within a day of each other.

This new rule also covers holidays where you might pay in two transactions. Using sites like Lastminute.com[9] and Expedia[10] are two such examples.

Even though the definition of a package deal has been expanded, however, it’s still vital to check that small print before relying on extra protection.

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Couples in England might finally be allowed to get married outside

Bride and groomCredit: iStock

A review into marriage laws in the UK could see couples tying the knot outdoors, and in less expensive venues, too

You might want to rethink your wedding plans in light of recent news about marriage laws in England. Because, at last, it looks as though couples may finally be able to tie the knot outside for the first time ever.

The review into marriage laws in the UK has reportedly been put forward by Chancellor Philip Hammond, who said he wants to make the “outdated” rules around wedding venues much simpler, by reducing red tape.

READ MORE: How to make your wedding budget go further[1]

This should help to bring down the costs of getting married in England and Wales quite considerably, too, as it allows couples to tie the knot in pubs, restaurants and other less expensive venues.

To get a licence, a venue must currently have a specific area where the ceremony will take place. It also needs to be part of a building rather than in the open air or in a marquee.

The licence holder must also ensure that no food or alcoholic drinks are sold or consumed in the area one hour before and after the ceremony takes place.

The expected review of the current laws, however, should see this overturned, allowing British couples to not only get married outside, but also share a drink with their guests immediately after they’ve exchange vows.

The average cost of venue hire for a wedding in the UK is £4,500, but in this shake-up, it’s hope the cost of saying ‘I do’ should be significantly slashed.

READ MORE: Wedding dresses under £1,000 for brides on a budget[2]


What do you think of this news? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[3], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[4] to join in the conversation.


26 Ways To Save Money In Style For Your Wedding

Do you need to rein in your spending but don’t want to compromise on your dream wedding[1]? Rachel Southwood shares 26 ways for you to save money in style…

You’ll also love our free budget planning tools[2] – get yours now and you’ll soon have your spending on track.

26 ways to save money at your wedding without compromising on style - from catering and cars to favours and photobooths, you'll be back in budget in no timeflarefactor.com

Car share

Find out if any friends or family have a luxury car that you could borrow. Does your uncle have a vintage Rolls Royce tucked away in his garage? Does your cousin drive a flash Range Rover, or perhaps you have a few more unique options[3] up for grabs? Ask them if they would be happy to drive you to your wedding – they will probably be delighted to be asked and to perform those chauffeur duties.

Lucky 13

If you’re not superstitious and not fixed on a mid-summer Saturday wedding, you may find that some dates are better priced than others. Days of the week, too. Tuesday the 13th of June this year might be available and a good price, for example. We love the idea of Monday weddings, so that your guests can make a really long weekend of it. Venues[4] and suppliers are also more likely to be available if you choose an ‘obscure’ day or date.

Keep your eyes open

Join your local Facebook buy and sell groups. Couples often sell off pieces from their wedding after the event. You might pick up candles, décor items and even chair covers there. Alternatively check out the Wedding Ideas Shop[5] where you will find affordable gifts, key decor pieces and favour ideas! 

Delay the dining

Having a late ceremony is a good way to save. If you get married at, say, 4pm, there is less time to fill with entertainment and food! Plus you can do something really lovely in the morning instead of waking early and it all being a bit of a rush. 

Save on flowers

Choose seasonal flowers[6]. Your bill could be reduced by hundreds of pounds – talk to your florist about what works best at what time of year and buy British if you can. And if you have set your heart on one type of flower – peonies, for example – then you are going to have to book your wedding date accordingly, because flowers like this have a very short window of availability! Find out more about how you can save on your flowers here[7].

Choose suppliers who are just starting out – these will often be more competitively priced compared to long-established companies, but being new doesn’t mean that the skills aren’t there. You might also find more passion, commitment and creativity in a new business. These businesses will be building their portfolio and might make an extra effort for you as a result. 

Marry overseas

Getting married overseas[8] is a great option if you’re relaxed about who attends… Costs will invariably be lower because of the number of guests (though be careful how many people you invite – you might be surprised how many say yes) and also you are already on honeymoon before you start! You may also find that the hotel or resort you choose have some amazing wedding packages that your favoured UK venues just can’t beat.

Venue with a difference

Look for independent, quirky venues[9]. A friend of mine took over her favourite creperie and it cost just £1,400 for a three-course meal that we will never forget! She hired a marquee for the dancing and it all worked really well. Thinking outside the box will always work wonders!

Negotiate packages

Don’t be scared to negotiate with your venue, especially if their set packages are not exactly what you’re after. For example, they might agree on a two-course meal to replace the three courses they have, but add an extra glass of wine per head. There is always room for negotiation in life…

26 ways to save money at your wedding without compromising on style - from catering and cars to favours and photobooths, you'll be back in budget in no timeeleanorjaneweddings.co.uk

Simply chic

Don’t go crazy on your centrepieces[10] – details like this won’t be remembered forever. Simple candelabra or candles in votives or Kilner jars filled with a few stems are more than enough to pretty-up your reception venue.

Sit down savings

The biggest cost of any wedding is feeding people. But do you really need to go all-out on a three-course wedding breakfast? Why not have a barbecue, hog roast or buffet?[11] I went to a wedding recently where they had lots of delicious canapés at the drinks reception and then a buffet much later. It worked really well and no-one was left feeling hungry.

Useful gifts

Ask close family to contribute to a specific part of your wedding, rather than buying you a present. Try patchworkit.com[12] and buyourhoneymoon.com[13] for ideas.

Be crafty!

DIY as many of the details as you can. You might surprise yourself, even if you didn’t think you had a creative bone in your body! You could make table centres, bunting, create sweetie tables, you could even bake cupcakes for a cupcake tower… Hand paint large letters for your dance floor, make photo booth props, favours. You could enlist the help of your bridesmaids in a craft-filled, wine-fuelled evening.

Minimal stationery

We don’t recommend that you scrimp on stationery too much, but perhaps order of service sheets and menus could be self printed and RSVP cards could be replaced with an email address. You could also make your table plan yourself.

Share the price

If you’re having a church ceremony, find out if there are any other weddings that day or even that week – you might be able to share some costs like church flowers. Similarly, if your venue is hosting other weddings that week, ask for contact details for the other couples – you might be able to share decorations or ideas.

Bring your own

If your day is to be laid back and informal, you could ask people you know to be good in the kitchen to bring a dish to create a yummy, relaxed buffet. People love to contribute to weddings; to feel part of it all. Honest!

Privilege cards

When you give notice at your registry office you should ask if they have a Privilege Card to give you. These will lead you to lots of local suppliers, many with great discounts to offer their cardholders.

26 ways to save money at your wedding without compromising on style - from catering and cars to favours and photobooths, you'll be back in budget in no timeterivphotography.co.uk

Bake off

Why not ask your guests to compete in a wedding day bake off? Ask your guests to bring their signature cake along with them, then have your guests try them and vote for their favourite, which you could announce at the end of the night or let people know by email afterwards!

Guest photographers

We always recommend a professional photographer[14] – there is simply no substitute, and it’s not worth the risk, but now everyone with a smartphone can take photos too, you don’t want to miss any of them. Make sure they all use a hashtag that you create when posting to social media and ask your guests not to post too much on the day – you don’t want details leaking out without your approval!

Take-home ‘pay’

Instead of buying those who helped most on your big day a gift, why not ask them to take home a table centre or a floral arrangement each at the end of the night? Even a hand written card will be welcome.

Get cashback

Take out a credit card with cashback to use for your wedding purchases. Some offer up to 5% and those wedding bills soon mount up.

Spread payments

Don’t go paying everything out at once. Ask your suppliers if you can pay in instalments by direct debit, which will really help with that all-important cashflow.

No extras

Don’t fuss around with and shell out on unnecessary extras. For starters (excuse the pun!), don’t provide bread rolls with your starter – your guests will only fill up on carbs and not finish what is on their plate. Use wedding cake as a dessert – you could serve a lovely sponge cake with a fruit coulis, for example, which will save on one course.

DIY photobooth

Buy a Fuji Instax or a digital Polaroid camera and set up your own photo station with props (more on how to do it here[15]). Ask your guests to leave you a snap with a note for the perfect guest book, which you will enjoy for years to come.

Go frugal on favours

Instead of shelling out on favours for each guest, why don’t you give one favour between each couple? Just make sure that it’s something that is shareable (obviously)! Let us point you in the direction of sweets[16]

Doubling up

Enlist the help of one of your guests to transport your ceremony flowers to the reception so that they double up – that way you get two decorations for the price of one!

For more advice on your wedding budget – covering everything from ways to save to insurance and who pays for what – you’ll love our ultimate guide of wedding budget tips.[17]


Have you found any smart, savvy ways to save money on your wedding? Hit ‘like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[18], and ‘follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[19] to join in the conversation.

References

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Country House Wedding Venues Late Availability OFFERS!

Country House Wedding Venues Late Availability OFFERS!

You might think it’s too late to hold a 2018 wedding but you’d be wrong! There are still plenty of stunning venues out there with late availability, and what’s more, quite a lot of them will have amazing offers too. Check out some of the best around.

Combermere Abbey, Cheshire

 Country House Wedding Venues Late Availability OFFERS!© jordannamarston.com  Country House Wedding Venues Late Availability OFFERS!Combermere Abbey © The Crawleys

Enjoy this enchanting and historic house and its glorious grounds for even less when you book any remaining Friday to Sunday date. Save £1,000 on some incredible dates. (https://combermereabbey.co.uk/offers/[1])!

Gaynes Park, Essex

Country House Wedding Venues Late Availability OFFERS!Gaynes Park – © Ilaria Petrucci Photography

Celebrate with the breathtaking Essex countryside all around you at Gaynes Park and enjoy a myriad of magical ceremony and reception settings. Now £2,000 off any remaining 2018 date (https://www.gaynespark.co.uk/offer/[2]) and save up to £10 per person on your wedding menu too.

Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire

Sandhole Oak Barn – © David Stubbs Photography

Free dates at this stunning Sandhole Oak Barn (http://www.sandholeoakbarn-weddings.co.uk/[3]) are rare, so act fast if you want to snap up a 2018 wedding date! Say your vows overlooking the private lake, celebrate under the characterful oak beams and dance the night away in this private and peaceful escape. Call 01260 540007 to find out more.

Blackwell Grange, Warwickshire

Blackwell Grange in the Cotswolds © Jon Harper

Traditional meets contemporary at this unique Cotswolds venue that comes complete with exquisite grounds and bags of style throughout. Book ANY future wedding date and take up to £1,000 off your venue fee (http://www.blackwellgrange.co.uk/blackwell-grange-offer/[4]).

Morden Hall, London

Morden Hall – © Weddings by Nicola and Glen

You wouldn’t expect to find a wedding venue so private in the heart of the capital, but that’s exactly what you get here. With National Trust parkland all around, this country house offers a stylish and sophisticated escape. Now you can save up to £1,000 on all remaining 2018 dates (https://mordenhall.com/offers/[5]) too!

Rivervale Barn, Hampshire

Rivervale Barn – © Nick Wild Photography

The only thing that could make this enchanting barn wedding venue even better is a stunning offer and now you can call it your own in 2018 for up to £1,500 less (http://www.rivervale-barn-weddings.co.uk/special-offer/[6]).

Curradine Barns, Worcestershire

Curradine barns © Fairclough Photography

Celebrate at Curradine Barns and save a third on your venue fee (https://curradinebarns.co.uk/offers/[7]) when you book a 2018 wedding date! Not only that but you can also take a third off all evening food too. You’ll have everything you need and more when you tie the knot here.
Swynford Manor, Cambridgeshire

Discover all the glamour and opulence of this remarkable house, and if that wasn’t enough, how about saving up to £6,880 on any remaining Thursday to Sunday dates (https://swynfordmanor.com/offers/[8]) in 2018? With deals like that, it’s so hard to resist!

References

  1. ^ https://combermereabbey.co.uk/offers/ (combermereabbey.co.uk)
  2. ^ https://www.gaynespark.co.uk/offer/ (www.gaynespark.co.uk)
  3. ^ http://www.sandholeoakbarn-weddings.co.uk/ (www.sandholeoakbarn-weddings.co.uk)
  4. ^ http://www.blackwellgrange.co.uk/blackwell-grange-offer/ (www.blackwellgrange.co.uk)
  5. ^ https://mordenhall.com/offers/ (mordenhall.com)
  6. ^ http://www.rivervale-barn-weddings.co.uk/special-offer/ (www.rivervale-barn-weddings.co.uk)
  7. ^ https://curradinebarns.co.uk/offers/ (curradinebarns.co.uk)
  8. ^ https://swynfordmanor.com/offers/ (swynfordmanor.com)