Planning a party or wedding on a budget
4 March 2021
Work out your budget for your event
First of all, work out the maximum you would want to spend.
Make a list of everything you will need for this event/wedding that is important to you and separate this into sections. Research possible suppliers or venues which interest you, and contact them for quotes and information on what they offer.
The guest list and overheads per person are some of the biggest costs in planning weddings or parties. Therefore, keep your guest list small and essential!
Look for bargains when it comes to decorations
You can be creative and save money if you shop for decorations wisely! You could always make your own – that way you can design it to exactly your taste making it personal to you.
Try stores like B&M, the Range, Home Bargains and even food stores as they often have good pieces!
Or you could always try looking for second-hand items online or even freebies people are offering on social media. It is all about being resourceful and patient when exploring all these options to find the best prices for you.
Negotiate on food and drinks with your caterer
Most parties/weddings involve you providing food and drink for your guests. This is where you can do some bargaining with the catering company to see what options there are and how much everything will cost.
If you go for a fancy three-course meal with drinks provided this will cost you a lot more than a hearty buffet! Just remember that you don’t always need to provide drinks or put money behind the bar.
Pick the right venue and time of year for your celebration
When you’re picking a venue, you might save money by going for a simple one and decorating it yourself to transform it rather than paying for a fancy venue and the décor too.
For events and weddings, consider village halls, barns, function rooms, and small hotels. Or you could always have the event at home instead!
The time of year and the day that you choose to hold your wedding or party can affect the price you pay. Saturdays and bank holiday Sunday are by far the most in-demand days for weddings and events!
If you want to hold your celebration on a weekend but want to pay less, why not try a Friday instead, or mid-week such as Wednesday or Thursday? (Thursday is close to the weekend anyway!)
Don’t forget you could always ask people you may know for help – if you have a friend who is an amazing baker, ask them to do the cake. Or if you’ve got a friend who is creative, ask them to help you create decorations and centrepieces.
Speak to our events team to find out more
If you are looking for a beautiful venue for our event in Chester, contact our team to find out how we can plan your perfect day!