Cost Savings Ideas for the Wedding Wallet
August 31, 2015
On our social media travels, we love getting to know other suppliers specialising in various facets and niches within the wedding industry. It’s undeniable that a lot of the focus is on the bride and that wedding day costs can spiral out of control, so we were delighted to come across a lady specialising in second hand, designer outfits for bridesmaids, mother’s of the brides and other wedding guests.
eBay has revolutionised the online shopping experience for many, and for one individual it provided the catalyst to a brand new career. Elizabeth Sinclair was always interested in fashion, but didn’t much care for the tedium of walking around the shops – she preferred to do her shopping online, on eBay in fact. And to fund her new digital shopping habit, she started selling as well as buying.
We’re incredibly fond of feedback at Jollybrolly and love asking our customers to leave reviews online – we think it’s an important part of proving that we’re trustworthy and genuine. Elizabeth saw this too along her cyber travels with eBay:
“I soon realised that it made sense to buy from people with great feedback who described their outfits thoroughly (including any flaws), with lots of measurements, photographs and most importantly, a no quibble return and refund policy. Genevive's Boutique operates on the same principles.”
Second Hand Fashion, First Hand Quality
With the average wedding costing around £20,000 or more, for those of us on a budget it makes sense to reduce this down as it’s an extortionate amount of money. Second hand items, although not always what we want, can deliver outstanding quality and value for money.
“The special occasion outfits I purchased were nearly all in immaculate condition as they'd only been worn for a few hours, and were a good deal less expensive than when they were new. When I investigated further I realised that although there are an enormous amount of Bridal Magazines and Bridal Shops, there are very few that focus on Mother's of the Bride (or Groom) and Mature Brides. So, I decided to specialise in this area.
It would appear that a huge number of us have at least one expensive outfit in our wardrobe that has only had one outing! Genevive's Boutique is giving some of these gorgeous outfits a second chance.”
So if you’re on a budget and handy with a computer, it can save thousands of pounds choosing some second-hand gems for your big day.
Other Ways to Save Money
In addition to sourcing fashion items elsewhere, one can also learn to negotiate! Prices do tend to rise when one mentions the “w” word, and a bit of bargaining can work wonders.
Reducing the guest list can help reduce the price too - although it can feel a bit brutal!
Finally, getting married out of peak season can reduce venue hire cost – and you’ve always got our wedding brollies to keep you dry should it rain!