Congratulations on your engagement!
If you have started this year by buying a planning journal and making an itinerary for your 2017 wedding, then you may be interested in a few tips for saving your pennies this year… Hold your wedding reception in an Airbnb mansion, castle or villa and you could make huge savings by combining your venue and accommodation.
My Sister married in a small Portuguese church and held her wedding reception in a Grand Airbnb villa a few minutes walk away. Here are a few positives that she drew from the experience..
“You get to spend more quality time with your guests a few days before the wedding sitting by the pool”
“You can purchase local beer and wine for the reception half the price”
“We had a beautiful hog roast in the grounds of the villa”
“We had an extended holiday after the wedding and drove to a luxury hotel nearby for our honeymoon”
Renting with Airbnb gives you the chance to make an unforgettably unique venue your own.
Most wedding planners will suggest that to save money you should get crafty and make it yourself! Pinterest ‘how to guides’ are easy to follow and it is rewarding to have some creative input into your own wedding.
There are thousands of tutorials on Pinterest so our advise is to stick to manageable tasks.
You could enlist some help by throwing a ‘make wedding favours’ girls night in. The best craft projects to undertake when wanting to cleverly cut on costs would be the following:
When you are looking for the perfect gown consider a corset-style back. Lace-up dressed are beautifully figure hugging and can easily be adjusted if your body changes closer to the wedding (saving you money on alterations).
Wedding dress designers occassionally sell brand new show stopping gowns on Sell My Dress, so keep your eye out on the live updates.
Not to forget that in January you can make huge savings on flights across Sky Scanner, Easyjet and Holiday Pirates as well as many other online travel searches.
The most cost effective time to book your honeymoon would be 6 weeks before you travel and if you fly out slightly off-season then you will be able to enjoy the weather, whilst saving money on accommodation and enjoying quieter resorts.
Our best piece of advise is to spread your wedding tasks out evenly over the year and spend your budget on the most important elements for you.