A savvy couple made back 70 per cent of the cost of their wedding extras by selling them second hand on eBay, even making a profit on the bride’s shoes
A SAVVY young Essex couple made back around 70 per cent of the cost of their wedding extras, by selling everything from the bride’s wedding dress to the table decorations on eBay.
Already a keen bargain hunter and money-saver, Jenn Stott, 27, was “unsentimental” about selling the wedding items, with the money earned helping to pay back the cost of the honeymoon and some of the couple’s credit card debt.
After the couple’s wedding in April last year, which was attended by 70 of the couple’s closest family and friends, they made the decision to sell off what they could to make back some of the £15,000 they had spent on the wedding.
Obviously they couldn’t get any money back on the venue, food and alcohol, but did manage to earn back almost £3,500 of the £5,000 spent on wedding extras.
These included the wedding dress, shoes, groom and best man suits, vintage china tea set (the wedding had an afternoon tea theme) and table decorations, including jam jar vases.
One of the first items Jenn sold was her wedding dress, which she had bought for £1,200, and managed to sell on eBay for £900.
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She said: “Some people would be sentimental about their wedding dress, but I didn’t want mine just sitting up in the attic.
“We’re a young couple and we paid for the majority of the wedding ourselves, so it was important for us to try and make some of the money back.”
Jenn, who works as a midwife, also manged to make a profit on her Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes, which she had bought in Selfridges brand new (albeit on sale) for £70, and sold second-hand on eBay for £84 – making a 20 per cent profit.
She also sold her husband Matt’s wedding suit, and the best man’s outfit, too.
A long-time user of eBay, Jenn also bought many items for the wedding second-hand, including the table decorations, and was able to pocket extra savings by earning cashback on purchases made by using Topcashback.co.uk.
Members can earn up to one per cent cashback on purchases made on eBay through the cashback site, boosting the bride and groom’s savings before the wedding had even started.
Much of the food shopping for the wedding was also bought through the cashback website, Jenn said, as Topcashback members can save on grocery shops at all the major supermarkets.
Ocado, Tesco and Asda, for instance, offer up to £6.90 cashback on food spends of £25 or more.
“I never buy anything unless it’s through a cashback website,” Jenn said, “it enables me to earn even more money, and makes me buy from brands that I probably wouldn’t have bought from before.”
Whether saving money before the wedding, through cashback websites and buying second-hand goods, or after the wedding by flogging your matrimonial goods, there are easy ways to cut costs.
Below are five ways you can save cash on your big day, from DIY-ing wedding cakes, to getting wed mid-week.
How to save money on your wedding
- Don’t get married on a Saturday, if you can help it. Couples can often save thousands of pounds on venues by getting hitched mid-week, or sometimes even on a Sunday
- Have your ceremony and wedding reception in the same place. This cuts down on venue and transportation costs
- Save hundreds of pounds by making your own wedding cake, confetti, wedding favours and table decorations
- Consider buying a second hand wedding dress, there are plenty of great choices online and in charity shops, or you can rent one for the day instead
- Get your friends to take pictures on your big day, rather than hiring a professional photographer. Most guests will be taking pictures throughout the day anyway, and with photographers costing £1,000 plus, you could save a bundle.
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