There’s always a lot to take into account when organising a wedding, and the preparations can often see costs piling up. But there are ways to have a more frugal, yet equally fantastic wedding.

The majority of weddings that take place in the capital will involve costs that easily reach five figures. However, if you choose a budget wedding dress, an affordable venue and simplify other factors, the overall cost of your wedding can plummet. Take a look at our five ideas for an inexpensive wedding in London.

1. Invest in a budget wedding dress

An average bride spends around £1,340 on her wedding dress alone, and although you’ll want to walk down the aisle in a dress you’ll never forget, you don’t need to spend a huge amount of money to do this.

Save money on this part of your wedding by investing in a discount wedding dress. As your dress will only be worn once before being discarded, stored away or handed down, it makes sense to choose a dress that won’t break the bank.

You can find reasonably priced dresses online, in sales and in budget wedding dress shops in London. Consider trying a sample wedding dress; these dresses are usually unneeded extra stock or have been used in a designer campaign. Whether you’re after a designer dress, a simple dress or something more extravagant, there’ll be beautiful options to discover at prices you can’t believe. Selecting a budget wedding dress doesn’t need to be difficult, and you’ll still find the dress of your dreams without giving up a chunk of your wedding budget.

2. How many guests do you really need?

It may be tempting to throw a huge party for your wedding and invite a lot of people, but this could end up causing you plenty of headaches and a huge expense. Each extra person means someone else to cater for and accommodate while overcrowding the party can make it difficult to mingle.

Have a think about who will make your wedding day even more special by being there. Start by creating a list of potential guests and narrow it down. A smaller wedding has a more personal feel and is something best shared with your nearest and dearest.

3. Alternative catering options

Catering costs at a wedding will usually set you back a handful of thousands of pounds, but there are ways to make this aspect of your big day more affordable. You could consider having a wedding food truck at your wedding, or you could contact a family-owned restaurant and ask if they could cater for your wedding.

Another way to save money is by providing the catering and food preparation yourself, with the help of family and friends. While this may take longer, it gives you the flexibility to make whatever you’d like, without having to be concerned about possible allergies or dietary requirements.

4. Style your own hair and do your own makeup (or ask a friend!)

Everyone’s attention will be focused on you, but you don’t need to book an appointment with a hair stylist or makeup artist to look fantastic on your big day.
You can cut down on expenses by experimenting with hair and makeup styles yourself, and you’ll also be channelling your creativity.

You know your features better than anyone else, and you already have an idea about which lipstick colours and eyeshadow shades suit you, so this is a great starting point. Make sure to wear a white t-shirt when testing out makeup to see how the colours and shades will work with your wedding dress. It’s important to avoid anti-aging products or products that contain SPF, as this can result in you having a pale, white face in photos. Opt for makeup that is long-lasting and waterproof, so it stays on throughout the duration of your wedding — and makes it through those tearful moments of joy!

There are many DIY “bridal” hairstyles that you can find online, including how-to tips and tutorials. Some popular bridal hairstyles include a “plait bun”, a “loop through ponytail” and a “french pleat.” Of course, you could just create your own hairstyle. Ask a family member or a friend for help if need be, and remember to allow yourself plenty of time to finish your hair and makeup on your wedding day.

5. Cheaper and easier venues

Venues are an important part of the wedding celebrations and, on average, cost around £2,790. Having a wedding on a Friday or a Sunday could potentially save you up to 50% off on some venues. On Mondays to Thursdays, you could save even more!

Choosing a community centre or a village hall to have your wedding is more likely to cut costs, but remember to decide on your number of guests before picking a venue.
Some good venues in London include The Penridge and The Large Hall in Islington. Both venues are great and budget-friendly.

A ceremony at someone’s home or throwing a garden party are other great alternatives to consider for an inexpensive wedding.

Looking for more budget wedding tips? Keep these extra suggestions in mind:

1. Design your own wedding invitations.
2. Consider fewer flowers for the bouquets, or create your own. They don’t have to be real flowers to be beautiful. This is ideal for the DIY bride.

Jo and Claire of Belle Bridal always provide a personal and professional service when helping brides to choose their perfect discount wedding dress.