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Four easy ways to save money on your wedding

Christmas Eve is the most romantic day of the year to propose and we offer money saving advice for your wedding
By Ben Lobel on Dec 23rd, 2016   @freelotteriesuk

A recent survey of 10,000 people conducted by event organisers ChilliSauce shows that 31 per cent of people think that Christmas Eve is the most romantic day of the year to propose, followed by News Year’s Eve, that’s preferred by 19 per cent.

People are spending more and more on weddings each year, with the average cost of a wedding in the UK standing at £25,090 according to research by wedding website Hitched. With spending so high, it’s perfectly understandable if you decide that you want to keep your own budget in check when it comes to planning your big day.

With this in mind, we’ve decided to help you out by sharing four easy ways that you can save money on your wedding, with tips ranging from DIY money savers to insider advice. Read on to find out more.

Choose the right time of year to book your wedding

One of the easiest ways to save some essential funds is to simply book your wedding in for date that falls in the off-peak season — the most expensive times tend to be in spring, summer, and around Christmas time. The BBC reported that ceremonies and receptions booked for a winter weekday could be as much as 50 per cent cheaper than at a weekend during the summer months.

Similar to when travel agents lower their prices when there is lower demand for holidays, venues that specialise in hosting weddings will often have less expensive hire rates when they are trying to attract business outside of the peak season. This means that it is well worth doing your research to find a location that is the most affordable before booking your date.

Avoid hiring a fancy car

Another way that you can avoid paying over the odds on your big day is by forgoing the hire of a fancy car to drive you around — a good alternative is to book an executive taxi service instead. Many local taxi firms will have stylish, contemporary vehicles available for much less than the cost of a traditional wedding car, and you can often hire them by the hour which can bring the price down further.

Also, if a friend or family member has a nice car that you wouldn’t mind being driven around in, then it might be worth asking if they would be willing to let you have it for the day. You can ensure it is in top condition for the ceremony by following the advice in this guide from Autosessive — you can even leave the vehicle in sparkling form for its owner as a way of saying thank you too.

Grow your own wedding flowers

It’s actually possible to cut the bill for a wedding florist by growing your very own flowers. Though this can be hard work, there isn’t a more special way to personalise your ceremony and reception than using plants that you’ve cultivated yourself.

Should one of your friends or a family member be a keen gardener, have a word with them well in advance of your big day to see if they wouldn’t mind pitching in or dispensing some essential advice. This can be especially helpful if you don’t really have green fingers, though this guide to growing your own wedding flowers from British Homes and Gardens will go a long way to helping out too. It even contains advice on which plants to opt for at different times of year.

Choose to have your reception in a restaurant

If you are willing to forgo a traditional wedding reception and don’t have a huge wedding party, a practical alternative is to book out a nice restaurant. Not only will you save money on venue hire fees, but it will remove a lot of the fuss and stress associated with organising food and drink, as well as all the decorations and display items for the tables. You will also have the bonus of not having to do any clearing or washing up.

Follow these four tips and you could enjoy a fantastic wedding that does not have to cost the earth to book and organise.