How to reduce the cost of your wedding

Posted on: 30 November 2016

Weddings can be astronomically expensive; if you don't budget carefully, the costs can quickly spiral out of control. Fortunately, there are quite a few simple ways to keep costs down and still have the wedding of your dreams.

Choose the right type of wedding cake

A beautifully decorated, delicious cake is an important part of any wedding. However, the extravagant creations produced by most wedding bakers come with very high price tags. If your wedding fund is relatively small, there are a few things you can do to make your cake a little bit more budget-friendly.

You could for example, opt for two tiers, rather than three or four; this will lower the price quite significantly. If you're concerned that this approach will result in you not having enough portions for all of your guests, you can also order what is known as a 'sheet-cake' as well; this is a very inexpensive, undecorated version of the main cake, which can be used to provide extra servings. Even after taking the cost of this additional item into account, you will still end up spending less than you would if you added extra tiers to your wedding cake.

It's also possible to cut costs by choosing a less elaborately decorated cake; things like ornate piping and intricate sugar flowers take a lot of time to create, which is why bakers often charge much more for cakes with these kinds of features.

Lastly, you may want to consider using a homemade cake, rather than one produced by a professional baker. This is perhaps one of the least expensive options. It's not advisable however, to attempt to bake this yourself; wedding days are stressful enough as it is, without having to worry about whipping up an enormous cake as well. Instead, ask a trusted friend or relative with baking experience to do this job for you. Make sure that they do as much preparatory work beforehand as possible, to minimise the chance of something going wrong on the day. It may be worth choosing a filling which is can be made well in advance, such as a fruit cake.

Opt for a DJ rather than a band

As a general rule of thumb, hiring a DJ will cost you a lot less than hiring a band for your wedding reception. This price difference is not necessarily an indication of the quality of entertainment each is able to provide, however. A skilled, experienced and charismatic DJ can be just as, if not more entertaining than a band. Furthermore, a DJ will have a far larger library of music to hand and as such, can cater to a wider variety of musical requests. From a logistical point of view, DJ equipment also tends to take up less space than a band and their musical instruments; as such, a DJ is an ideal choice if your wedding reception is to be held in a smaller venue.

When speaking to DJs that you're considering hiring, make sure to ask them whether there are extra charges that may not be included in the base price, for things like rare song requests or travel expenses. Additionally, if you aren't sure what time the wedding reception will end, don't forget to ask them how much they will charge you for overtime, as this could significantly increase the overall cost.


Planning some entertainment for a school fete

Our school P&C is currently organising our fete. This year we want to have some professional entertainers alongside the school band and choir so that people will stay around for longer. Having the right entertainers on stage at different times, along with entertainers roaming through the crowd, can be a great way to get the mood of an event perfect. I love to see the smiles on the faces of the community when they come to the school events. This blog is all about finding great entertainers for community events like festivals and school fetes and will be useful for volunteers who help out at these events.