If you are planning a wedding then first of all, congratulations! It’s a really exciting time and planning a wedding is one of the most fun tasks you will ever do. Having said that, it is all too easy for costs to spiral and for your budget to become overblown if you’re not careful.

So if you are on a tight budget and want to ensure that you don’t end up in debt for the sake of one (albeit very important) day, make sure you follow a few simple budgeting tips for making your wedding fabulous and memorable without breaking the bank.

First of all, consider what you really, really want and what you are absolutely are not prepared to skimp on. For some people this will be the photography, others the venue, others still the dress or the entertainment. Ring-fence the cost of your number one priority for the day and don’t compromise on it. Now you can get down to the business of cutting costs elsewhere.

The easiest and best way to cut costs on your wedding day is to call in favours where possible from friends and family. So, if you have any family members or friends who are arty and crafty, get them involved in your wedding day by making wedding favours, place names or table plans. Do you have anyone who is a dab hand at cake making? How about any budding make-up or nail artists for the bride on the big day? Close friends and family members will be delighted to play a part in your special day and it makes your celebration all the more personal and memorable.

And of course, if you are a crafty couple then you can make elements of the wedding day yourselves.  From save the dates and invitations to do-it-yourself cake toppers, there are lots of tips and hints online for DIY weddings that will not only save you money, but will add a personal touch to the day too.