budget bride*

(This post has kindly been sponsored by Content Mother, however, all views and opinions are completely my own)

Oh, wait, an actual post on ELSSTHINKS? I thought this blog was completely dead?

Well, ladies, gents and others, you are wrong. Yes, I have been gone for a little while (okay maybe a big while) but that is only because I have been extremely busy. I have had a ton of work to do, a lot of stuff has been going on and (importantly related to this post) I have been helping a family friend plan her wedding! Basically, there has been quite a bit of stress which has prevented me from finding the time to actually sit down and write a fully thought out post. However, today I actually am, and I am going to share with you some wedding budget tips for how to be a budget bride/groom for all of you bargain hunters out there, focusing specifically on the wedding favours, because I think everyone forgets about them.

Although on average, wedding favours do not take up that much of the cost of a wedding, if there are easy ways to keep that cost down it is always useful, especially as it will give you extra money for other wedding bits.

  1. Cut back on guests - Look, if you have 500 guests to get wedding favours for, then, of course, it is going to be pricey. If your budget is small, try to invite a select amount of people, it will help other areas of your budget as well such as venue and food!
  2. DIY your gifts - You don't have to buy everyone some bespoke item, it can be little and personal, your guests will still love it because it is a memory of your special day. You can create a range of things, from mini photo frames to little chocolate bars, there are tons of cheap wedding favours out there!
  3. Buy in bulk - Go in stores that are closing down, or have a look online for wholesalers. It works out so much cheaper if you buy all of your weddings favours the same and in bulk, you can save quite a bit of money.
  4. Donate - Write a little note and place it on the table, state that the money you would have used for wedding favours is going to be donated to charity instead. You could even have a box where everyone votes for which charity the money should go to. It will save you some money and you will be doing a good thing, and your guests cannot get annoyed that their favour has been donated for a good cause.
  5. Double up - Use things in your wedding which can double as favours. For example, the name tags from where they are sitting if you are having a meal, flowers you put on the middle of the table or the glass they are given for champagne. Using things for more than one purpose will save you a ton of money in the long run.
If you are a bride or groom to be, I hope you have a fabulous wedding. If you are trying to budget your wedding favours then try some of my tips and see if it helps cut the cost, it definitely did when I was helping plan a wedding!