1. Choose a date out of season
May to September are the most popular months for people to get married. Which also means they’re the most expensive months to get married. Go for a date October to April and you’ll save yourself a load.
2. Choose a weekday
Saturday is always the most expensive day to get married on. Friday usually comes second most expensive, with Sunday third. But if you choose a day between Monday and Thursday, you should be able to get your venue substantially cheaper.
3. Don’t have a sit down meal
Opt for just a finger buffet, barbecue or similar instead of a formal sit down 3 course meal. Another nice idea is having afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches and cakes with champagne too. Alternatively, if you don’t want to forgo the formal sit down meal, have just one or two courses instead of 3.
4. Book last minute
Most venues do amazing deals if you book within 3 months before your wedding. If you’re flexible on date, you’ll be more likely to get a good deal. And although 3 months may seem like a short space of time to organise your wedding, there are a lot of things you can purchase and organise before you’ve booked your venue. See my post on what you can plan and purchase before you’ve booked your venue.
5. Get things thrown in for free
Some venues offer extras, such as chair covers, centrepieces, accommodation, DJ and more. If your venue does offer any of these things, get them thrown in for free if you can.