Cheap Wedding Packages
Cheap wedding packages do exist however not all packages are the same.
Even the "all inclusive" packages advertised are not always what they
The most important thing you could do before venturing down this route is to make sure you're well prepared before going to speak to your potential venues.
means sitting down and deciding exactly what you want and dont want (or
can live without) before you go near the venues. Once you know what you
want you can speak to the venues.
It can be quite difficult to
compare like with like when looking at UK wedding packages as they will
often include different things.
Typically the sort of things that are included in package deals are as follows:
- Champagne on arrival.
- Tea & coffee.
- A selection of menues.
- a bottle or two od wine per table.
- A glass of Champagne for toasts.
- chair covers.
- Wedding cake.
be afraid to tell them that you don't want an aspect that they offer.
For eample we didn't need a florist and we had oue wedding cake sorted
so we told the venue and they reduced the package cost by £750 without
any negotiating required.
Before you decide on a wedding package you should consider the pros and cons of this type of wedding day.
Pros of Cheap Wedding Packages:
you book the right wedding package it will reduce your stress levels significantly as your
venue will sort out most things for you. Some venues may even offer a
wedding planner (included in the price) who will liaise with the
suppliers. Provided you have her well briefed she'll only need to contact
you occasionally to confirm details and organise meetings between you, her and the
- The venues have much better negotiating
power than you will ever have and will therefore have negotiated better
rates with the suppliers than you could due to the fact that they do so
- The venue will likely have used their
suppliers many times before and must therefore approve of the quality of
service they supply.
- You'll usually be able to get some freebies, such as complementary
accommodation for the bride and groom, champagne, free use of spa
facilities and/or discounted room prices if guests pre-book.
Cons of Cheap Wedding Packages:
- Your venue may insist on minimum numbers of guests. However if the price is low enough it may still be cheaper to have 50 guests attend than it
would have been to have 40 at another venue.
are often restricted to weekdays as these are the quiet days for the
hotels and suppliers. That said, if you're happy to have your wedding
Monday to Thursday then you could potentially save a third of the cost.
- You'll have a limited choice of suppliers, usually one or two in each category (e.g. florists, photographer
etc). So if you had your heart set on using a particular florist you
should have a meeting with the venue to see if that would be feasible.
We booked an all inclusive package and were able to get a reduction in the price by dropping the hotel's wedding cake supplier and florist as we had friends who had already offered to make us a cake and do the flowers as wedding presents.
may also have to share your venue with other weddings on the same day.
If this is the case you should check the rooms don't overlap. This is
something we had to consider as there was another wedding in the ground
floor of our venue.
However once we looked at the venue it
was clear that it was large enough that guests would not
overlap and each floor had full and separate facilities (no shared toilets).
venues advertise wedding packages but don't include all you may
expect. Always check exactly what's included and what isn't included
by asking the right questions.
Venues may not include costs such as linen hire or equipment rental and
you should make sure that you're aware of these before you sign on the
Some cheap wedding packages may only include the
venue, food and a cake stand, so always read the details and don't
assume all package deals are all inclusive.
venue will usually offer several different types of package to cater for
different tastes and budgets and don't assume you can't have a cheap
wedding package at a five star hotel.
I've seen an all
inclusive package for 40 guests at a five star hotel. To include Rolls
Royce, leather bound photo album, button holes and bouquet, red carpet,
tea, coffee and short bread for guests on arrival, Bucks fizz for guests
on arrival, table linen and table plan, wedding cake, flowers,
champagne and wine, master of ceremonies, evening entertainment (band
and disco), evening food for guests, accommodation for bride and groom,
use of the spa and hire of the venue; and all for £5,500.
Granted this may be a bit extravagent, but it shows what can be achieved.
even be able to get a last minute deal with some venues due to rooms not
being booked or a cancellation. This method is a little more risky but
if you aren't tied to a date you could save a packet. Normally the
venues start to panic about empty rooms 2-3 months before. As I've said
it's not for everyone but it just might suit your situation.
Another thing to consider (and most of the venues do it) is
pre-booking rooms for your guests. We found that when initially
reserving rooms for immediate family and friends we were offered a very
small discount (approximately 5-7%) so we only reserved 10 rooms and
advised our guests to contact the venue directly or book on line in
plenty of time (6 months) prior to the wedding to see what discount they
We were surprised to hear many of the guests were
able to get rooms at a fraction of the price we'd been quoted when
reserving rooms at the point of booking the venue a full year ahead.
This is just
another example of how the hidden costs can work against you and how the venue will
always try to squeeze a little more money out of you.
Essential Questions to Ask:
you can see from the pros and cons above there are a number of
questions you really must ask when booking your cheap wedding package, namely:
- Exactly what is included and what is not included.
- Are there any hidden charges.
- Are there minimum numbers of guests required.
- If there are items included that you don't need, can you opt out to reduce the cost.
- If you want to get married in the venue, do they have a marriage licence.
you get a wedding planner assigned to you as part of the price. If so
make sure you have a single person allocated to you and not a team of
people as this causes confusion and one person can say the other didn't
pass on the message etc.
For a detailed list of questions to ask your venue click here, these questions apply to all venues from Las Vegas to wedding cruises and even beach weddings, not just venues offering cheap wedding packages.
Finally put all queries and updates to the venue in writing, if there is a dispute later you will be glad you did.
not all cheap wedding packages are equal, if you follow my simple steps
there's no reason why you can't have a fantastic all inclusive package
that won't break the bank.
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