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Bridal Club Magazine


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 local bakery.

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 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.

Wedding Shoes

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 stress.

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.

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