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5 creative ways to have a budget friendly wedding

Your wedding will be the biggest day of your life and quite probably the most expensive too. Once the question has been popped,if you haven't already, now is the time to start thinking about and planning your wedding. Don't be surprised that when you mention the "W" word, extra pounds get added onto the quote quicker than you can say "I do".

According to The Bridebook.co.uk 2019 wedding report, the average wedding now costs £17,674. If you are in London you can add a few thousand onto that as it is around £24,000. The average engagement is around 20 months, so by the time you walk down the aisle, you may have spent the best part of two years ensuring everything runs as smoothly as possible, which means your budget can easily have got out of hand.

What if it didn't have to be that way? What if you could have your dream day, without the nightmare price tag? At Green & Pink we are all about quality but with affordable prices, and your big day should be no different.

here are our top 5 tips to ensure that you get your special day without breaking the bank:

1. Get Creative. Pinterest is the perfect place to look for inspiration without having to spend money on bridal magazines. Start by setting up separate boards which you can them. One for the ceremony, another for tableware, dresses, food, the list goes on. You'll quickly realise you probably have a particular style you like, which ensures you stick to a theme, saving money in the long run.

2. Ignore Tradition. So many people think you need to follow protocol when it comes to weddings but this simply isn't the case. If you are on a budget, don't worry about wedding favours for each guest. Depending on how many guests you have and what you choose, this can run into hundreds of pounds. There are lots of other traditions you could ignore, saving you money and leaving you to spend on the areas that are special to you.

3. Bridesmaid gifts. Bridesmaids are such a huge part of the day, chances are you'll want to buy them a gift to say thank you for their help and support. The problem is trying to find them a present that feels really special, without buying them something they will never use again. Think about treating them to a gift that is beautiful, individual and can be used again and again. Gorgeous personalised gowns are the perfect gift for your special day. You get to treat your bridesmaid AND they are picture perfect for the "getting ready" bridal shots your photographer will take.

4. Don't listen to other. When it comes to your wedding EVERYONE will have an opinion from your Great Aunt to your best friend...Ignore them. Just because they had a harp player on their big day doesn't mean you need one. When it comes to your budget, think...will I really miss this if I don't have it?

.Bride time. You may have a budget but that doesn't mean you can't treat yourself. After all it's all about the bride! So think about what makes you feel good. Remember you will want to feel super special on your wedding night, whether you enter married life with a big bang (!) or you fall asleep in front of Match Of The Day (yes we know a bride who has actually done this). So think about investing in some beautiful nightwear, for whatever the mood takes you.

When it comes to your wedding day just because you've paid more doesn't mean it's better. There is something so satisfying knowing you've been as creative as possible and not just followed the crowd The most important thing is to remember it's yours and your partners big day, so do what makes you both happy.