Vary the venue
Popular wedding venues always book up, so there’s not much chance of getting a Big Day deal. If you think outside the box (or the high-end hotel or stately home), you might just find a more unique, less expensive alternative.
Look around for ornate cricket pavilions and village halls. Some are lovely buildings with original features, and are not only relatively cheap to hire (or even free, if you know the right people), many will be happy for you to bring in your own caterers too.
Choose the right summer wedding location and nature will provide its own blooming backdrop for your day. But for bouquets and table decorations, consider using wild flowers and foliage instead of traditional arrangements from a florist. Ask around for anyone who has British stems like foxgloves, lily of the valley and cornflowers in the garden, or look into your nearest wholesale flower market.
A bespoke wedding cake can be a beautiful thing. But with prices hitting the high hundreds, there’s a more fun and quirky alternative for summer – ice cream cones! There are loads of vintage and modern ice cream vans available for weddings (most only serve a local catchment area, so it’s best to do an online search for the ones nearest you). You’ll usually get a choice of flavours, and some even offer personalised cones and wafers (for a little extra cost).
Get UNI-que with accommodation
With tourism and other summer events, hotel prices are highest in the summer. So if you’re getting married near a University, why not look into reserving rooms in the hall of residence (they’re usually empty over summer)? Some are listed buildings, but even the modern ones are comfortable, and usually centrally located. Even better, it means everyone can stay in the same place, and – for guest who are ex-students - it’s a real blast-from-the-past.
Check out universityrooms.com (opens in a new window) or contact the local Uni directly.
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