Woman shaves £5k off wedding with easy hacks – from bargain dress to £1 flowers

Woman shaves £5k off wedding with easy hacks – from bargain dress to £1 flowers


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A bride has shared five money-saving hacks that helped her cut nearly £5,500 off her wedding bills.

The thrifty bride has shared her hacks as the cost of living crisis continues to spiral, plunging Brits into debt.

Author Joanne Dewberry tied the knot earlier this summer, and getting allowed her to cut costs by a whopping £5,436.

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According to Bridebook’s 2022 report, the average cost of a wedding in the UK is an eyewatering £16,529.

While some costs are unavoidable, there are ways that budding brides can tighten their purse strings.

CashLady.com has partnered with newlywed Joanne Dewberry to release her top tips.

Joanne commented: “This July I married the love of my life on our 21st anniversary, alongside a very select number of friends and family including our three children.

“I am a huge believer that your wedding day isn’t about flashy venues and expensive outfits; it’s more important that you’re surrounded by loved ones to celebrate one of the most special days of your life.

“We had the wedding of our dreams roughly spending £3,000, through careful planning, homemade accessories and the kindness of friends.”

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Wedding dress

She added: “I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot on my dress, and ideally was aiming for around £100. I wanted something simple, vintage and lace, and was more than happy to buy second-hand.

“I scoured eBay, Vinted and Facebook Marketplace until I found my dream wedding dress, which was actually brand new with tags for just £50!”

Dress cost: £50. Average UK wedding dress cost: £1,250


Joanne added: “Flowers are also a big expense at a wedding which I was keen to cut down on.

“I was really lucky that a wonderful friend offered to do my flowers for me, and she actually grew most of them in her garden.

“At the end of the evening, we encouraged friends and family to take flowers home with them as I didn’t want anything going to waste.”

Flowers cost: £1 (I brought the blue ribbon used). Average UK wedding florist cost: £786

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She added: “Ahead of time, around January 2022, we asked friends and family to save any flowers that they had for us so we could dry them out and use them for confetti.”

Confetti cost: £6 (personalised stickers and confetti bags) Estimated confetti cost for UK average number of guests: £81

Welcome drinks

Joanne said: “Instead of paying for welcome drinks at our venue, we brought our own drinks including champagne, fizzy water, wine and non-alcoholic cava for the children”.

Welcome drinks cost: £8. Average UK catering cost (drinks and food): £4,084

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Feeding your guests

She added: “Feeding people is one of the largest costs of a wedding. We decided to opt for a 3pm wedding, knowing we would only need to feed our guests dinner.

“We only invited a very small number to the ceremony and wedding breakfast and we were very strict to keep the number small; it can be easy to get carried away.

Food cost: £700. Average UK catering cost (drinks and food): £4,084

Commenting on the tips, CashLady.com’s Personal Finance Expert, Dan Whittaker, said: “Weddings are notoriously expensive, and it seems they are only getting more and more costly as the years go by. We love Joanne’s tried and tested tips on how she saved a whopping £5,436 on her wedding day, which we hope will inspire those currently wedding planning to cut back and save where they can.

“Not only will these tips save you a pretty penny on your big day, but they also encourage you to get creative with some DIY. Having a home-grown bouquet and flowers that your guests can take home, for example, will add that little extra touch of personability to your wedding. Not to mention, the reduction of waste that these tips encourage which are much more eco-friendly than those down the traditional route.”


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