Feel a million dollars on your wedding day
(without spending one)

October 29th 2008

Unless you’re as famous as Posh and Becks or Wayne and Coleen it’s unlikely you’ll have the glossy magazines queuing up to pay for your wedding.

Ok, most of us will never reach celebrity status and the most media coverage we’ll get is a write up in the local paper.

And with the average UK wedding costing an average of £18,000, it may be enough to give you second thoughts. Yet couples on a tight budget need not despair. Your big day doesn't have to leave you in debt for the rest of your life. Here are some tips to cut costs on all elements of your wedding.

Guest List &ndash Think carefully about how many people you want to invite. Perhaps only invite your closest family and friends so as not to offend anyone.

Invitations &ndash Professional wedding invites can cost a fortune, but with a little bit of creativity you can make your own.

Dress &ndash If your heart is set on a fairytale gown, you can hire your dress instead of buying it, and ask the bridesmaids to pay for their own outfits. Dresses for children can be picked up from department stores for under £20.

Groom &ndash Many suit hire companies run special offers, such as four suits for the price of three. Again, you can ask the best man and ushers to pay for their own suits.

Flowers &ndash There's no need to go overboard with flowers as a simple arrangement can often be just as effective. Using seasonal flowers also helps to cut the cost.

Hair & Make-Up &ndash Everybody has a friend who should have been a hairdresser, and chances are they'll be delighted to be asked to do your hair. Make-up counters in department stores also offer free makeovers.

Rings &ndash Simple gold bands can cost around £50 for a pair. And instead of splashing out on a new engagement ring, a family heirloom may be more poignant.

Reception &ndash Town or village halls and church halls can be hired out very cheaply, though you'll have to check whether you need a separate licence to serve alcohol. Many local pubs also offer a room for free hire. You could also do your own catering and buying wine wholesale can save you lots of money.

Wine &ndash Buying wine wholesale can save you a lot of money.

Honeymoon &ndash The cheapest way is to cut out the honeymoon all together, or go for a weekend break in the UK or Europe.

Insurance &ndash Once you've worked out how much money you're going to spend, it's a good idea to take out wedding insurance to prevent anything from spoiling your big day.

Of course, you can always include items such as a weekend break on your wedding list. And make sure to set aside a small amount of money to cover 'unforeseen' expenses. That way, the happiest day of your life doesn't have to be the most expensive.

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