OK so this might seem like a bit of a lecture, but it scares me how much debt people get into for the sake of just 1 day. It's easy to do though, especially if you're a bit of a Pinterest or Instagram fan like I am. All those wonderful ideas, which suppliers are keen to provide you with, at any cost. That's what credit cards & loans were invented for, right? Plus hopefully you'll only do this once....
STOP. Take a deep breath. You don't have to buy all of the things (as pretty as they are!)
One approach is to have a longer engagement. This way you can spread the cost & pay for things slower, in smaller amounts
Don't feel pressured into paying for something on the day at a wedding show or similar. On the day deals are great, but don't be afraid to take time to consider your budget & whether the service is one you really do need
Ask vendors if they can take payments in installments for the item/s you're interested in, again splitting the cost. Most people will work with your budget where possible, so don't be afraid to ask
Don't take risks with your wedding dress. if your budget really is that tight, then contact your local bridal shop & ask if they have a sale rail or outlet room. The prices of dresses from Chinese websites may seem appealing BUT you won't get what you paid for, plus you're supporting counterfeit items which take sales away from the original designers.
A lot of couples think that the DIY approach is a good way to stay within budget, & to a certain extent this is true. However it's stressful, exhausting, & will probably end up costing as much with you sourcing your own items as it would cost to pay a professional. Personally, I'd rather a calmer lead up to my wedding!
Finally, as strange as it seems, employ the services of a wedding planner! Honestly, the links that they have to tried & tested suppliers are worth their weight in gold. PLUS as a planner I have access to the best possible prices as my suppliers have worked with me so much, they're happy to pass on savings to my couples.
I hope you've found this post useful, I'd love to hear if you have other suggestions for keeping within your budget for your big day.
I'm a qualified wedding planner dedicated to designing & creating weddings for alternative couples. Because everyone deserves a wedding as unique as they are