‘I got married on Thursday and saved £3,000’

‘I got married on Thursday and saved £3,000’

When Rachael Fletcher-Beaumont got married last year, she was determined that her marriage wouldn’t cost a fortune.

“There is a perception that the word ‘marriage’ adds nothing [to the cost of the service],” says the 34-year-old from Bradford.

Rachael and her husband Luke’s biggest money saver was choosing to get married on a Thursday, which reduced the cost of their wedding package by £3,000 compared to a Saturday wedding.

The savings they made on the venue allowed the couple to spend money on other aspects of their wedding.

“It’s worth getting married on a Thursday, without a doubt,” Rachael said.

The trend is growing
Rachael and Luke’s choice of day reflects a growing shift among couples in choosing dates.

Research from the Bank of England shows that more people are choosing cheaper mid-week dates to get married.

Wedding planning apps also report evidence of this trend.

According to Hitched, Monday 23 September is set to be the most popular date for weddings this year.

It says Tuesday has seen the biggest growth in popularity, up 42% in the last two years.

Similarly, Bridebook, which claims to help plan 70% of UK weddings, found that by 2023, for the first time, less than half of weddings will take place on a Saturday,

It also found that couples who got married on a Tuesday or Wednesday spent over a fifth less on their wedding than the average.

“The couple’s first thought is that it has to be a Saturday, then they realize they probably don’t care if it’s not the weekend if it puts a big couple back in their pocket,” says Holly Poulter, wedding planner for Revelry Events.

He said the turning point was the outbreak because “general chaos” caused couples to move to weekdays, and that the trend was “sustaining because couples are now more open-minded”.

The ‘disgusting’ price difference
Hazel Barnes, 59, is getting married in Datchworth, Hertfordshire on Thursday in July next year, and has saved £3,000 as a result.

He said he found the difference in prices for weddings throughout the week “disgusting… [and] quite a loss”.

Hazel has also managed to cut costs at the reception by providing the decorations herself.

Hazel and husband-to-be Dannie Sanderson, 63, are planning a small wedding and although two of their guests were unable to attend due to childcare issues, she said: “What we got out of the money savings outweighed that.”

Likewise, Sophie Wardle, 29, will tie the knot on Thursday May 1 next year in Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

The wedding package was cheaper, in part because it allowed for a smaller number of guests, prompting Sophie to reduce her original number of guests from 70 people.

He and his fiance posted their wedding date of August 2023, almost two years in advance, to give their guests time to book on weekdays, without any complications arising.

While weekend weddings are popular for budget-conscious couples, you can also save on luxury venue locations.

Getting married at Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire will cost at least £20,950 plus VAT on a Saturday in the peak summer months. However, the same wedding package at the same time of year but on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday is offered at £8,500 plus VAT.

Fran Everist, director of sales and marketing at Hedsor House, said she had seen a “change in behaviour” in recent years, with more couples “happy to get married every day of the week”.

By opting for a cheaper weekday package, she says couples often use the money they save to splurge on things like large parties or expensive honeymoons.

Hazel said she did this, by booking a luxury Rolls-Royce, while Sophie also said she booked more expensive entertainment as a result.

While midweek dates are growing in popularity, wedding planner Holly Poulter says weekend weddings will still work for the majority of couples despite the cost.

“This kind of decision will always be a tricky balance between budget and obligation,” he said.

“Couples are concerned about the time commitment for their guests, needing to take annual leave and possibly arranging childcare during the week.”

While acknowledging the potential inconvenience for some guests, Rachael Fletcher-Beaumont said they chose a day before the bank holiday so those who wanted to enjoy long weekend.

She said she and her husband have “no regrets” about their non-traditional choice of day.

“Everything that happened because of the money we saved ended up making our wedding really personal.”

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