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Planning your wedding

Saving for your big day

With so much involved in making a wedding a day to remember, it’s no surprise the costs mount up quickly. In fact, the average cost of an entire wedding is a whopping £18,5001.

Here are some tips to keep the budget down without giving up any of your plans.

  • Go off-season - Everything’s more expensive in the summer. Be a little different - host your wedding off-season. Have a spring fling, or a warming winter celebration. You could save more than you’d expect. If your heart’s set on a summer wedding, plan to have it mid-week rather than on the weekend. That could also save you a lot of money – although you’d better give your guests plenty of notice, so they can arrange time off work!
  • Know your payment due dates - Schedule RSVPs before you’re due to pay the catering and venue hire. That way you’ll have a more accurate head count, so you won’t spend extra on empty seats.
  • Don’t rush - It’s tempting to start planning the wedding as soon as you’re engaged. But if you hold off on spending for just a year, you might be surprised at how much you save. And with more money in the bank, you can upgrade on the venue, dress or honeymoon.
  • Want or need? Don’t get too caught up in wedding fever. Are all the extras really necessary? Focus on getting what you need, then add the finishing touches with any money you have left over.
  • Get creative – You could save money, and your guests will love the personal touch. Make your own invitations, floral arrangements and table decorations. You could even bake your own wedding cake! Not the crafty type? Ask your artistic friends to help. They’ll love being part of your special day.
  • Go vintage - It’s both on-trend and cost effective. Your local vintage and antique shops could have one-offs in clothing, table decorations and jewellery. Or deck yourself out in family heirlooms – after all, something old is meant to be lucky on your wedding day! One thing it’s guaranteed to be is truly unique.

What should I consider in my budget?

There are some substantial costs associated with a wedding, some of which might be:

  • A wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Church or registry office fee
  • Photographer / videographer
  • Venue hire
  • Catering and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Flowers
  • Evening reception
  • Entertainment - a band or DJ
  • A honeymoon


This article is intended as general advice only which is not intended to cover specific circumstances and needs. The information in this article is also not linked to any of the products offered by Clydesdale Bank PLC.

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