Money saving wedding tips

Here are our top money saving wedding tips

The wedding tips that will save you hundreds

With an average wedding costing around £25,000 we thought it would be useful to have some money saving wedding tips to help you enjoy an amazing wedding for less money – remember there are always ways to cut back! Before you begin planning make a list of all the things you need to do and prioritise them. This can really help with budgeting as well. Is that cold embossed paper more important than a plainer paper but inviting an extra person to the reception? wedding tips

Venue

This is one of the biggest costs for your wedding and you could say one of the most important (apart from the dress). For that reason you are more likely to splurge more money here. However you can still have that perfect venue for less by picking an unpopular day. Most people go for a weekend but if you pick a week day you will find some places will reduce the cost as much as half! The benefit of this is that you will also get good discounts for other things such as florists or photographers as they are less likely to have work then. Yes there is the worry that less people can make it but you know the people that really matter will make an effort and take a day off work to be there.

Guest List

Try not to over invite. It’s easily done but remember the bigger the guest list the bigger the cost. Seventy might sound a lot but that’s only fifteen members of each persons family, then ten friends each with their partners. You can see how the number can add up very quickly. So try and stick to family and few best friends for the main reception and invite the rest to the evening.

Wedding dresses

One of the biggest wedding tips where you can save hundreds is the wedding dress! So many woman may say “I want a brand new dress” but remember most wedding dresses are worn for a matter of hours and you could be saving a small fortune. With the average wedding dress selling for over a thousand pounds why wouldn’t you want to save some money and still have that dress you’ve always dreamed of for a fraction of the cost? These days you can pick up designer dresses and find the exact dress you may have seen in a bridal magazine. We would suggest looking on some sites online such as SellMyWeddingDress, Preloved and Confetti‘s for sale section. Other good bets are The Dressmarket, Gumtree and of course Ebay.  Another great place to search is Oxfam, they have eleven specialist bridal departments. Its says on their website that some designers often donate their dresses to the charity straight from the catwalk so you might even bag yourself a designer bargain.

Make upwedding tips

Whilst a lot of brides do their own make up, some opt to pay for beauty expert to come to their house. That’s great but it does cost a lot and if you aren’t sure its worth that to you then there are other ways you can look gorgeous without spending so much. Why not try a beauty counter in a department store such as House of Fraser or Debenhams? Or ask a friend who you trust and whose make up you have admired. You buy the make you like but perhaps get them to help you on the day.

Alternatively, check out beauty training schools. They may do your hair and make-up free on the day as part of their training course. Check Beautyfinder for a directory of training schools and colleges that are local to you.

Invitations

Designing and making your own wedding invitations can be fun but also it makes them more personal to you. There are loads of great sites out there now which can help you do this such as Wedding chicks. You would still have to pay for the paper and ink but if you are really on a tight budget you could email them to your guests instead. Also instead of making save the date cards and posting them out, why not let people know by text or email. Alternatively create an event on Facebook (choose ‘private’ in the event’s privacy section, so only guests can see).

We hope these wedding planning tips have been useful.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds if weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

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Wedding at The South Farm, Cambridgeshire

Our live band the Right Hook had a brilliant night playing at a charming rural venue in Cambridgeshire called South Farm. This beautifully romantic farm has a lot to offer couples looking for a more natural environment for the wedding. South Farm is situated on the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire borders in area surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, rolling hills and countryside. With it being a family run business you will find that from the moment you arrive your guests will feel at home and pampered by their charming and dedicated team.  800_800_scaled_452151_South-Farm_5F00_2

This venue also has an excellent range of ceremony and reception options including the low beamed and beautiful Tudor Barn, which at night can be transformed into a romantic haven with its twinkly fairy lights. There is also the stunning rustic garden Summerhouse. This unique seven sided oak framed structure sits seductively over the edge of the lily pond whilst your guests are seated on the bank looking across the water as  you both say your vows. They also have the elegant grade II listed Drawing Room which is perfect for a more intimate affair and last but not least the light and airy space of the Old Dairy. This space lends itself well for anyone looking for a smaller party of guests but still wanting something romantic and original.

South Farm is licensed for Wedding Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships by Cambridgeshire County Council. Ceremonies must be booked with the Registrars as well as South Farm. For details click here.

Our live wedding band the Right Hook is one of South Farm’s preferred entertainment suppliers and they will transform your wedding, party or function into a night to remember. We will tailor our set specifically to your event, and even learn any songs or special requests you have. We’ll help you get exactly what you want at your party or wedding. 0330-e1450956470777

We are very proud to have a highly popular and sought after live band that provide music for weddings, parties and corporate events across the UK and Europe. All our events come with a DJ service, high spec PA and lighting rig, and all the boring but necessary insurances and assurances that allow you to enjoy your wedding safe in the knowledge that the entertainment is all taken care of. We also provide announcements throughout the evening, a bespoke first dance song performance and a tailored outfit to match your colour scheme.

If you are planning a wedding  in Cambridgeshire or anywhere in the South of England then why not book a band you know will deliver the best party! To find out more about what we provide click here.

 

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Top 5 tips on choosing your wedding theme

Why should you choose a wedding theme?

Why do you need a wedding theme? A wedding theme will tie together the personal elements of your wedding and create a mood for your loved ones that illustrates who you and your partner are. This could be dictated by something as simple as a colour you both love, a place, an era or perhaps just the venue’s own style.  Here are are some top tips to help you find the perfect wedding theme for your big day.

The Venue

Most likely your choice of venue is going to be a reflection of you and your partner so you may find that you can use the venue to help you with your theme. For example if you have opted for a beach wedding you may want to have shells, sand and pebble decorations. There are so many wonderful ideas that you can discover with some research.

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It’s important to sit down together and discuss words and key aspects that define you as a couple. Perhaps places you have traveled together, exploring activities that you both enjoy, cultures you both love, colours and styles. These sorts of touches and personal thoughts can really help you create a individual theme that captures your life together.

Pinterest

If you haven’t used it before then now is an ideal time to try using Pinterest. It’s a great visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas such as beautiful images, fashion styles, videos and tips. You can build up a catalogue of your interests and use them to help you decide on your theme.

Theme the band

So you have spent ages planning your big day and you’ve chosen that special shade of green for the bridesmaid dresses and ties for the men which then matches the beautiful bows on the reception hall chairs. Why not ask your evening entertainment to incorporate the colour into their look too? Just think how professional and streamlined your big day will be then. Not all wedding bands will offer this service but some will. We at the Right Hook do and we find that couple really appreciate that attention to detail.

Ask for help

Don’t be afraid to include friends in your decisions or have conversations with the decoratively gifted members of your family. After all you have a lot to plan and sometimes it can be overwhelming! For this reason it can be great to have advice and help from others who may give you fresh ideas you haven’t even thought of. Always be opened minded and you will have no end of creative inputs from people.

We hope these wedding planning tips have been useful.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds if weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

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Wedding at Botleigh Grange, Southampton

Weddings at Botleigh Grange

Our live band the right hook had a fantastic evening playing at Botleigh Grange Hotel and Spa in Hampshire. This country style hotel is set within 14 acres of  stunning gardens and beautiful lakes. The combination of excellent service and facilities such as a luxurious Spa, award winning restaurant and 55 bedrooms, including four poster bedrooms, makes Botleigh Grange Hotel the perfect choice for a wedding venue or corporabotleigh grange, hotel, southamptom, hampshire, wedding venuete events in Southampton.

Botleigh Grange Hotel is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships for up to 275 guests! So this beautiful venue is ideal whether you are looking for a small intimate affair or a large party with family and friends. They also have experienced wedding co-ordinators who will be happy to help you make the planning of your wedding as stress free as possible but will also be able to ensure your big day runs smoothly.

The right hook are the perfect wedding band to rock your Botleigh Grange wedding. With a huge repertoire of music from the last 60 years, the band can delve into pop, rock, dance, Motown, jazz and easy listening tunes from any era to provide the perfect musical accompaniment whether it’s a laid back afternoon jazz set at a drinks reception, or a rocking party into the early hours with late night revellers.

Every musician involved is committed to making sure that the guests are having a great time and ensuring that the event is a huge success. If there is a particular song you would like the band to play just ask and they will learn it and play it for you on the day.

If you are planning a wedding at Botleigh Grange Hotel and Spa, or any other wedding venue in the Hampshire area, then get in contact to book a top class wedding band along with your top class wedding venue and make it a wedding no one will forget! The Right Hook have performed to thousands of guests at events large and small. But no matter what the event they always work closely with the client to make it a unique and special occasion. This involves learning bespoke first dances, altering their attire to match the event theme and more.

 

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Old Billingsgate Wedding Band London

Get the best band for your London event at Old Billingsgate

Our band the Right Hook recently had the pleasure of playing a truly spectacular gig at Old Billingsgate. It is one of London’s most exciting and versatile venues, situated in the heart of London on the bank of the River Thames with stunning views of Tower Bridge and the HMS Belfast. The distinctive Grade II listed building is the perfect location for all types and sizes of events from awards dinners, conferences, product launches and parties. Old Billingsgate offers three unique spaces inside The Grand Hall – The Terrace, The Vault and The Gallery which are all available to hire separately or together depending on your event.Old Billingsgate Band

This venue really has the wow factor to really impress guests. With its unique and extraordinary architecture and magnificent views across the city it really does lend itself to special events. The décor within the building really is up to you, so you can tailor it for your event or party, with all the rooms having a blank canvas the possibilities are endless to create something bespoke and memorable.

The Right Hook band have entertained audiences across the UK, Europe and Middle East with a large repertoire of dance floor fillers to cater for every event. Whatever, age group you have, whatever type of people, the Right Hook will make sure the party is a storming success. We can provide the full package including PA, lighting, sound engineer, DJ and live band so you don’t have to worry about any of it.

If you are planning a wedding, corporate event or party at Old Billingsgate and require a high quality band that knows the venue, then please get in contact for no obligation quote and take a look at the video below, filmed at a recent party at the venue.

 

 

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We have used all our experience and that of some choice expert wedding suppliers to bring you a FREE wedding planner with articles and tips on every aspect of your wedding, plus some exclusive discounts. Click here to get it.