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It’s no secret, weddings cost money, and sometimes lots of it!
The wedding industry is big business and costs have sky rocketed
in the last 20-30 years. Combine this with a growing trend that’s
seeing couples opting to bear the brunt of the cost themselves,
and what we get is more and more marriages starting off
in serious debt.

A wedding should be a happy, enjoyable and affordable event that
starts the newlyweds off on a path of new experiences and exciting
times, free of wedding bills! Sounds like an oxymoron right? Wrong!
Help is at hand in the form of Askew At Your Service, who shares
with you top tips for achieving the day of your dreams, without
getting a debt-hangover from hell!

Before you do anything, sit down with your partner and agree how
much money you are both comfortable with spending on your big day.
Consider where the money is coming from, how much you have
already, if you're borrowing from anyone, etc., and then… set the date.

When you have a rough budget and a date, you will know how long
you have until the big day and you will be able to work out a plan to
save whatever you need to reach your target budget. This may mean
cutting back on life's little treats, but it will all be worth it in the end.

When searching for venues on the internet, wedding sites tend to
overrun your search and the same venues will come up time and
time again. These companies pay a great deal to be so high on
search engine lists, which usually means they will be expensive.
A fantastic site called has amazing buildings
to suit all tastes and budgets. When searching for venues on the internet
use your imagination and use search terms such as "houses, barns, fields
and national trust properties used for weddings". This will expand your
search greatly and will find you some unique venues.

Canapés can be costly, but if you choose to have canapés at your wedding reception, the venue usually price it on how many guests are attending, but ask the venue to cater for just over half the number of guests you expect, as you tend to find this is an ample amount of canapés to have with the welcome drinks.