gloucestershire wedding on a budget

Hey there, lovebirds! Planning a wedding in the picturesque county of Gloucestershire without breaking the bank? You're in luck because I've got all the inside scoop on how to create a magical day on a budget. From charming venues to talented photographers and everything in between, let's dive into the world of affordable wedding planning in the heart of the Cotswolds.


Finding Your Dream Venue

Gloucestershire is blessed with stunning landscapes, historic manors, and quaint barns that make for wonderful wedding venues. Consider these budget-friendly options:

Community Halls

Gloucestershire has some beautiful community halls that you can rent at a fraction of the cost of traditional venues. They often have charming architecture and can be transformed into your dream wedding space.

registry offices

Weddings held in registry offices are much cheaper than traditional weddings.

You'll need to pay for using the council office, a registrar and for giving notice.

2023-2024 Wedding Prices

Booking Fee: £60

Notice of Marriage: £70

Marriage (Saturday): £320

Village Halls

Many charming villages in Gloucestershire have cozy village halls that are perfect for intimate gatherings. You can decorate them to suit your wedding theme.

midweek venues

Mid-week weddings are often far more negotiable when it comes to price and it is believed they can work out about a third cheaper. As well as packages being cheaper per head, many venues also require a lower minimum guest number during the week.

As long as the venue has a civil ceremony licence, then you can have a legally binding outdoor ceremony anywhere within its boundary 


Stunning Photography on a Budget

Capturing those precious moments is essential, but you don't have to break the bank to get amazing photos

Local Photographers

Gloucestershire is home to several talented photographers who are passionate about their craft. Check out their portfolios and have a chat about your budget. This means no travel fees.

Amateur Photographers

Consider hiring a talented amateur photographer or even a photography student looking to build their portfolio. They often provide quality work at a fraction of the cost. However, it is likely that they won't have much experience on shooting weddings. Experience is key so make sure to see full galleries before booking.

Photo Booths

Set up a fun photo booth for guests to snap candid shots. It's a budget-friendly way to capture memories while keeping your guests entertained. Keep in mind that your ceremony or speeches won't be captured this way.


Dress to Impress without the Stress

Who says you need a designer gown for your special day? Gloucestershire offers several options for budget-conscious brides

Secondhand Dresses

Explore vintage shops in Gloucester or Cheltenham for unique and affordable wedding dresses. You might just find a hidden gem. There are plenty of online sites too. Why not try:

Sample Sales

Keep an eye out for bridal shops offering sample sales. You can score a beautiful gown at a significant discount.

Rent or Borrow

Consider renting your wedding attire or perhaps borrow your mum's old wedding dress. After all, why spend thousands on a dress you will only wear once.


DIY Decor and Personal Touches

Adding personal touches to your wedding doesn't have to cost a fortune

DIY Centerpieces

Get crafty and create your own centerpieces using local wildflowers or seasonal foliage. Hobbycraft is a must for DIY wedding decor. You'll thank me later.

online Invitations

With an online invitation service, RSVPs have never been so simple—for both you and your guests. Rather than having everyone fill out an RSVP card and mail it back, family and friends will be directed to your wedding website, where they can immediately check yes or no. The best part? It is completely FREE!

Try it here: JOY

Family Contributions

Don't hesitate to ask friends and family for help with DIY projects. They may have hidden talents and be eager to pitch in.


Catering Creatively

Delicious food is a must, and there are budget-friendly ways to make it happen

Local Caterers

Explore local caterers who are passionate about serving fresh, seasonal dishes that highlight Gloucestershire's culinary delights. Local caterers mean no travel fees.

Food Trucks

Consider hiring a food truck for a casual and fun dining experience. Gloucestershire has some fantastic food trucks offering a wide range of cuisines.

buffet style

A buffet can be a great choice for weddings where the guests are known to have diverse tastes and food requirements, or if you and your fiancée have conflicting opinions on what food to have. You'll be able to choose multiple dishes for each course, ensuring everyone's left with a full belly.


Remember, your wedding day is all about celebrating your love and commitment to each other. Don't let budget constraints dampen your spirits. Embrace the unique beauty of Gloucestershire and the support of your local community to create a day you'll cherish forever without breaking the bank.

Happy wedding planning, and may your love story in Gloucestershire be as enchanting as the landscape itself! 🌿💍❤️