Top 5 Money Wasters at a Wedding

don't waste money on your wedding

After a recent survey the majority of Brides questioned listed these as a waste of money.


1. Favours. Don’t waste a lot of money on things that will simply end up being binned.

Meaningless and expensive nick knacks are such a waste of money time and energy. Do your friends really need a packet of sugared almonds (OK traditional at Italian weddings but then they buy them in bulk and use them like confetti (Yes it really hurts). What use is a cheap plastic key ring printed with the Bride and Groom’s names and the date of the wedding?

On the other hand a small box of delicious chocolate will go down well (especially with the photographer if any are left over). Why not produce something really personal and beautiful – for example a small book of poems or favourite recipes.



2. Tacky presents. For the Best man, ushers, bridesmaids, great aunt Floss who made the confetti – the list and range of rubbish is endless. Either be prepared to spend a decent amount on sensible presents or, again, make them something really personal.


3. Huge, Expensive flashy designer wedding cakes. Some people order a cake that would feed 300 people when there are only 50 guests??????? If you (or dad) really wants to impress why not consider enlarging the apparent size of the cake with fresh flowers between the layers or a tiered floral arrangement.


4. Too many Keepsakes. The wedding suppliers love to make money out of you by selling you mementoes to “pass down to your children” WHY the kids wont be remotely interested. By all means put together a wedding album but is there space in your home (or life) for a preserved wedding dress, embalmed bridal bouquet, monogrammed picture frame or engraved toasting glass.


5. Too many Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. Our record to date is 10 Bridesmaids, 2 Best Men and 17 (SEVENTEEN) Ushers. Even then the Groom said “17 Bl##@y ushers and not one on the door” as the 300 plus guests were arriving!!!!!!!! Mind you I understand that the “usher’s lunch” before the wedding was quiet a sight. Even if your not paying for the suit hire (they all owned their own morning suits and top hats - Ascot don’t you know) the thank you presents, bouquets, button holes, ushers lunch and so on all add up.


Article & photos by Mike Watts.

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