Find Wedding Offers and Discounts
The key to getting started is knowing what you want to spend and setting your priorities. You don't have to spend a fortune, there's a lot of choice and discounts and offers are easy to find especially if you are prepared to be flexible with the date and time. Generally once you have set a date, booked a wedding venue and ceremony everything else is easy. After this your top jobs will include shopping for and choosing a wedding dress, booking wedding cars and finding a photographer.
Guests do add to the costs so you might need to limit these if money is tight, but food and drink prices vary so find a wedding venue that offers flexible menus rather than fixed packages. To help you in the first stages we have a useful wedding checklist here.
Finding Deals and Wedding Offers
You can often get a good discount for a week-day ceremony and reception with many approved wedding venues offering different tariffs between Monday and Thursday depending on the time of year. If your wedding is in a few weeks rather than a few months you can still find a wedding dress and book a reception/ ceremony venue. You'll need to be flexible and organised but most wedding services are easy to source at short notice.
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Buying a wedding dress
Generally a current season wedding dress can cost from £500 plus alterations and delivery can take up to five months, after which you have to factor in time for your fittings. See our Easy Guide to Finding a Wedding Dress in South West Shops, their current collections and price guide. Some bridal shops offer an express delivery service so ask for details.
Fifties style dress by Lou Lou Bridal at Parham House Brides.
Key tip! Save money on your wedding dress
If you need a dresss to take away the same day and don't mind the fact that the it won't be current season, look for the sample/end of season gowns and wedding dresses that are offered in many bridal shops for much less (often up to 70% off) the full retail price. Also some bridal shops will sell off the the rail and give you a small discount if you buy their sample dress instead of ordering one.
Also visit our Dress List to find the shops that have sample wedding dresses at discounted prices. We are currently featuring discounted sample wedding dresses at Orange Blossom Bridal of Street, Parham House Brides of Dunster and Wedding Elegance of Bridgwater.
Please please please, don't be tempted to buy a wedding dress directly from online traders unless there is a shop you can visit to try it on before purchase, which quite frankly is unlikely. Brides are drawn by the massive savings but quite often the dress you thought you had ordered is not what you expect when it arrives. By which time it's too late.
Key tip! Save money on a wedding venue
Be flexible with your date and you'll find many benefits to choosing a day other than a Saturday and you will almost certainly get your first choice wedding venue and exclusive use which means you don't share the venue with anyone else. Most of the larger wedding venues often do more than one wedding a day and can charge a premium for weekends, especially during the busy summer months. Think about October which is outside the main season but it can be a lovely warm month full of autumn colour and there are some great venues in spectacular coast and beach resorts to combine both a wedding and mini moon.
The Luttrell Arms Hotel, Dunster have two suites approved for civil ceremonies to accommodate from 10 to 56 guests. Their award winning AA Rosette Psalter's Restaurant offers fresh seasonal menus and locally sourced food for their menus all year round. Tastefully decorated and furnished with a beautiful secret garden and stunning scenery with views of Dunster Castle. The Luttrell Arms Hotel was awarded Inn of the Year for 2016 by The Good Pub Guide.There are 28 bedrooms, some with romantic four poster beds and period features. The Luttrell Arms Hotel is in the heart of the medieval village of Dunster on Exmoor National Park. If you are planning a wedding for 2017 call 01643 821555 or visit www.luttrellarms.co.uk
New ceremony and wedding reception suites at The Luttrell Arms Hotel, Dunster.
Photograph by Mark Cox www.markcoxphotography.co.uk
See below for some of the current offers and discounts from for bridal shops and free groom's suit hire and find more information in our new wedding service directory for the south west and UK.
Money saving Venue Ideas
Say 'I do' to arranging your ceremony later in the day, have one main reception and do away with the 'evening do'! Most venues will happily accommodate later wedding ceremonies and if you plan a civil ceremony these can be conducted at any time of day.
If you have a large garden and kitchen, hire caterers and have your reception in the open air. Gazebos and small marquees can be dotted around in case of un-favourable weather.
Hire a village hall for a fraction of the cost of a wedding venue. You will have to organise caterers and someone to do the work but it could save you a considerable amount of money. Check details when hiring community and village halls though as they could have a 11pm finish time which might not be practical for your needs.
Savings on suit hire for the Groom
Astaires Outfitters and Tailors in Taunton have an offer of free suit hire for the groom when hiring 5 or more. Please visit their website for details of this offer or call David on 01823 321666.
Wedding Whispers strive to keep the details of wedding venue offers and other special discounts updated, however we cannot be held responsible for any change to the terms and conditions or the availability of any of the listed offers, so you are advised to contact each service to see if these are still valid.
And we have a useful wedding checklist to help put your wedding together click here to view it