Putting on a wedding certainly isn't cheap. From the venue, food and flowers to the clothes, entertainment and pre-parties, the costs certainly can add up. So how can you claw back a few precious pennies? By doing some of it yourself, of course!
Take Marrianne Mercer's story as inspiration if you're tempted to try and make a few aspects of your special day yourself. According to the Daily Express, the 32-year-old graphic designer from Tonbridge in Kent spent eight months handcrafting all sorts of items for her wedding, including making her own veil, crafting buttonholes for the wedding party, making 100 candles, 600 paper flowers and sewing 300 metres of bunting.
She also upcycled old baked bean tins to make lanterns and made her own confetti out of flower petals she dried in the airing cupboard.
As a result, the happy couple were able to spend just over £9,000 on their wedding, far below the £20,500 that others would typically spend on getting hitched.
So what could you make if you were to go DIY as well? A lot of money is spent on flowers at weddings so keep the costs down by making your own centrepieces. You can also make your own wedding favours with ease - jam always goes down well and you can have fun sticking unique messages on them for all your friends and family. You could even save money on decorations by making your own marquee letters out of cardboard and using battery-powered LEDs to light them up. Simple yet sweet!