Planning A Wedding On A Small Budget: 3 Top Tips

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Getting married these days can be a costly endeavour. For many couples who are already living together and have a young family, it can be a little difficult to justify the idea of spending a large sum of money on what is essentially one day of your life. As dreamy as the idea of wearing a big white dress and getting married in a posh venue might be, when you have other commitments and expenses to think about, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to planning a wedding on a small budget.

Here, I share three tips that can make the planning a little easier. Just because you have a small budget doesn’t mean you can’t think big!

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The hen party

For many brides, the hen party is a crucial part of the wedding. It’s a celebration of the last few days or weeks before they commit themselves to one person for the rest of their lives. 

The problem is, in recent years, hen parties have become more and more extravagant. No longer is it a night out with your best friends but in some cases, it’s fancy holidays and activities, and this really eats into the wedding budget. It also puts a  lot of pressure on your guests, who want to celebrate with you but can’t afford to. 

If you want to make a weekend of it, why not look at hiring a cottage somewhere not too far away from home, make some cocktails and relax with some games or group pampering sessions.

The dress

TV and social media would have you believe that you have to pay a small fortune to get the wedding dress of your dreams, but it doesn’t have to. Rather than have bespoke designs created, take a look at the ones in the store. Some may be ex-display models, and you get them even cheaper.

 You could also consider looking at places like eBay. Most wedding dresses are worn for a few hours and packed away, and many people look to recuperate some of their cash by selling them. 

Hair and makeup

Again, another part of the wedding preparation that is important to most brides. Of course, you want to look your very best on your wedding day. However, makeup artists and hairdressers charge a lot of money – rightly, of course, as they are very skilled professionals, but if you are working to a small budget, this can be a significant chunk.

In the months leading up to your wedding, treat yourself to new makeup and watch lots of makeup tutorials on YouTube and have a go at creating the look you want. You can do the same with your hair; look online for tips for the perfect wedding day hair. You never know, you could end up doing an excellent job of it yourself and not need to book the professionals!


Planning a wedding on a budget can be a challenge, but it can be a fun challenge. It involves being a little bit more creative, thinking outside of the box and doing a bit more DIY than you would on a big budget, but it is more than possible.

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