You want the big fancy wedding, complete with designer dress but your budget just won’t stretch! Here’s our guide to fab wedding swaps that will save you a bundle! Words by Samantha Merritt. 892

Do it yourself stationery

It’s no secret that doing some of the hard work yourself will save you money. Swapping bought stationery with handmade will not only save you some pennies but it will also make your day that bit more personal. Not creative? Odds are someone in your family or a close friend will be, so don’t be afraid to ask for their help.

High street rather than high end

The high street is full of gorgeous dresses, especially at this time of year, and here at Wedding Ideas we just can’t get enough of seeing new designs pop up from some of our favourite stores. The best places to try are Coast, Phase Eight and Reiss, but don’t forget online too – ASOS and Chi Chi Clothing have a huge range of gorgeous dresses, with many options for your bridesmaids! Olivia_Barrie-39

Friday instead of Saturday

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Getting married during the week will bring costs down significantly! If you don’t care about having a weekend wedding then this is the best way for you to save. Just make sure you give your guests plenty of notice so they can get the time off work.

Create a music playlist

Plug in the laptop and dance the night away to some of you and your new husband’s favourite tunes! You can even get guests involved with the playlist selection by adding a little note in your RSVPs asking them to pick a song – it adds that important personal touch and will cut out the cost of a cheesy DJ.

Go paperless

Do away with your paper save the dates and send the modern alternative, via email of course! Just remember, not everyone has the internet – in which case pick up the phone and let them know the old-fashioned way. Yes, it’ll mean a bit more time and effort on your part, but it’ll also mean there’s more money in the kitty for something more exciting!

Do away with the sit down meal

Who doesn’t love a hog roast? A three-course meal can work out super expensive so opt for a buffet, afternoon tea or BBQ instead – the possibilities are endless and you can even get family involved to whip up some sausage rolls! Kirsty and Tom - 0045

Memory booth over photo booth

Photo booths are fun but they’re not the cheapest form of entertainment for your guests to enjoy! Swap the professional booth with a handmade version using a polaroid camera and old photo frame – people can come and go when they please and take fun photos themselves. Don’t forget to buy some props, though – we love the selection from

If you’re sticking to a budget when planning your big day, check out how these real brides saved money!