Bridal Club Magazine
ITEMS YOU DON’T REALLY NEED FOR YOUR WEDDING
You might have a clear idea of what you want, and
what you don't need for wedding, depending on budget or personal
style. There are some items you don't really need for your wedding
at all though, so if you're looking for ways to spend less or
simply cut down on fuss, here are some items to take off
your list today
A Big Wedding
Size isn't everything. You don't have to invite everyone you
have ever known so don't feel you have to. Planning a smaller, more
intimate wedding with just close friends and family can be easier
and far less expensive.
A Formal Wedding Breakfast
The catered wedding breakfast for a large number of guests can
be the biggest cost at any wedding. And for couples who marry early
in the day you are expected to feed all your guests twice, usually
with a sit-down meal followed later in the evening with a buffet.
You can save hundreds by getting married later in the day
and feeding fewer guests with just the buffet. It doesn't have
to be limp sandwiches, these days you can cater a buffet with
delicious speciality dishes such as sushi. Check with your
venue on outside catering as you can save even more by ordering
your own party platters from the supermarket, M&S or
A Traditional Wedding Cake
You don't have to have 3-tiers of white iced wedding cake.
It is just as pretty and currently very fashionable to have a
small tower of cupcakes instead. To cut costs you can serve the
cupcakes as your dessert, meaning you save on the cost of an
expensive multi-tiered cake and also on the cost of dessert for all
your guests. And if you want to be really different, consider
having a cake tower made of cheeses.
A White Wedding Dress
The truth is, you can wear whatever you want. You don't need to
wear white at all, and if you would feel more comfortable in a
trouser suit or a two-piece then don't feel you have to follow
tradition for the sake of it.
Coloured wedding dresses, cocktail gowns, pretty prom
dresses and bridesmaids collections will give you a larger range of
colours and styles to choose from and most of them at a lower
price. And let's face it, we know from our
2015 Confetti.co.uk Sex Survey that most of us are not
virgins when we take our vows so don't feel pressured into wearing
'virginal' white! That said you don't have to wear bright blue or
red, there are plenty of champagne and antique gold shades out
there that will give you the look of a bridal gown without being
the ubiquitous strapless, white wedding dress.
You don't have to spend over the odds on embroidered white
silk bridal shoes. If you wear a long gown, no one is
going to see them. It's fashionable to wear coloured shoes with an
ivory wedding dress so why not go out and buy yourself some special
new shoes that you can wear again on special occasions - like your
first wedding anniversary!
An Engagement Party
An engagement party is another considerable cost that is
just not essential. It can be useful to get your families
together under one roof before the wedding but you don't have to
plan a huge celebration that costs hundreds and adds more to your
If you want to mark your engagement in a meaningful way,
consider having an engagement photo shoot. It's a good way to try
out your chosen wedding photographer and many
professional photographers offer an engagement shoot as part of the
whole wedding booking. Ask about an engagement photo shoot when you
come to booking your wedding photographer as it is a more lasting
way to mark the occasion of your engagement, and then send your
favourite shots to all your family. A photo lasts longer than a
party and you'll all get to celebrate together at the wedding.
There are plenty of items you will feel you need for
your wedding, and yet sometimes less is more. Don't be afraid to
plan the wedding you want. It is
enough to be together and a bonus to put on an amazing wedding
celebration for your family and friends.