The eco­nom­ic sit­u­a­tion forces Ukraini­ans in love to review their wed­ding bud­get in search of ways to save mon­ey. Chan­fash­ion is in a hur­ry to help: we have com­piled a list of wed­ding expens­es for brides, which can be com­plete­ly avoid­ed or sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduced and at the same time not spoil the over­all impres­sion of the wed­ding.

We do not encour­age you to save on these items or to give them up alto­geth­er. If they are impor­tant to you and you can­not imag­ine a wed­ding with­out them, be sure to leave them in your bud­get. Chan­fash­ion just wants to show you options and ideas that will help you save mon­ey when orga­niz­ing a wed­ding in these dif­fi­cult times. But what exact­ly you will use is only your choice.

How to make a wedding cheaper: help from Chanfashion

On our web­site, you will find tools that will help you save your wed­ding bud­get. Read, use and save mon­ey!

Discounts and gifts

In the sec­tion “Dis­counts” wed­ding spe­cial­ists offer new­ly­weds nice gifts for orders and price reduc­tions. Set fil­ters by city, date and type of pro­fes­sion­al activ­i­ty to find the most rel­e­vant offers for you in the sec­tion.

Tenders

A unique tool “Ten­ders” from Chan­fash­ion will help you save time on search­ing and find the most prof­itable offers. You need to cre­ate an appli­ca­tion where the date, bud­get and your wish­es are described — it will take lit­er­al­ly 2–3 min­utes. After that, the spe­cial­ists them­selves will offer their ser­vices. Often, in order to win the ten­der, they can offer a dis­count or a nice gift.

Budget calculator

In order not to spend extra mon­ey, you need to care­ful­ly mon­i­tor the wed­ding bud­get and man­age it neat­ly. It is most con­ve­nient to do it in ours Bud­get cal­cu­la­tors — there you will not lose any advance or pay­ment, and you will always see how much free mon­ey is left and how much you still need to pay for each expense item.

Why save the wedding budget?

Wedding polygraphy

Beau­ti­ful invi­ta­tions, “Save the date” cards, seat­ing cards — all these lit­tle things can imper­cep­ti­bly “eat” a sig­nif­i­cant part of the bud­get. Yes, they are beau­ti­ful, cre­ate an atmos­phere and look good in the guests’ Insta­gram pho­tos. But is this enough to save mon­ey on the wed­ding din­ner menu or look for a cheap­er pho­tog­ra­ph­er for them?

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What to give a friend for a wedding?

Cur­rent­ly, most Ukraini­ans orga­nize small wed­dings, so seat­ing cards will not be need­ed. And instead of print­ed invi­ta­tions, you can do it in one evening cre­ate a wed­ding web­site your­self — we have already writ­ten instruc­tions on how to do it for free and with­out the involve­ment of spe­cial­ists 🙂

Organizer

It is not the first year that we have been telling Ukrain­ian brides and grooms how to orga­nize a wed­ding on their own, and now it is becom­ing even more rel­e­vant! Now the expens­es for a wed­ding orga­niz­er are not very appro­pri­ate: the scale of the cel­e­bra­tion is much small­er, and it becomes more painful to give 10–20% of the wed­ding bud­get. On our web­site, you will find many arti­cles that will help you in wed­ding prepa­ra­tions, and will become a price­less trea­sure Bride’s to-do list. There are detailed instruc­tions in 50 steps on how to orga­nize your own wed­ding from scratch — an invalu­able helper espe­cial­ly for you!

Decor

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, now is not the time for unique con­cepts and com­plex decor — it is too expen­sive, many logis­tics chains and the work of fac­to­ries are dis­rupt­ed. There­fore, it is worth revis­ing your wish­es regard­ing the decor. Select the most impor­tant areas for dec­o­ra­tion, reduc­ing costs for less impor­tant ones (for exam­ple, guest tables or pan­els behind the new­ly­weds), use few­er fresh flow­ers. Some decor ele­ments can be made by your­self: there are a lot of instruc­tions and edu­ca­tion­al videos on this top­ic on the Inter­net, and self-made dec­o­ra­tions will make the dec­o­ra­tion more per­son­al and cus­tomized. For exam­ple, see our arti­cles “Do-it-your­self wed­ding decor” and “Air gar­lands for the pho­to zone”.

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How to choose a wedding dress?

Departure ceremony

Many new­ly­weds are now choos­ing stan­dard reg­is­tra­tion at the RATS: it is cheap­er, does not require time spent on orga­ni­za­tion — now you can sign at least on the day of sub­mit­ting the appli­ca­tion. If you don’t want to give up the cer­e­mo­ny (and we under­stand you!), think about how to opti­mize costs. We talked about the decor in the pre­vi­ous para­graph, and to save specif­i­cal­ly on the away cer­e­mo­ny, review­ing the role of the mas­ter of cer­e­monies will help. For exam­ple, some spe­cial­ists offer new­ly­weds alter­na­tive options, such as an audio cer­e­mo­ny. In this case, a pro­fes­sion­al writes the script of the cer­e­mo­ny for you, voic­es it and sends it as an audio file, which you will include at the wed­ding. Anoth­er inter­est­ing option is to hold the cer­e­mo­ny with a friend or fam­i­ly mem­ber — this will not only save mon­ey, but also make this moment more per­son­al and atmos­pher­ic. Or even arrange a cer­e­mo­ny for two: exchange rings and vows in a pic­turesque place alone, keep­ing the most impor­tant words a secret.

Decor

Due to the fact that wed­dings, if they are cel­e­brat­ed in wartime, are much more mod­est, the need for expen­sive and ele­gant out­fits dis­ap­peared by itself. We do not urge you to give up the white wed­ding dress of your dreams, but we pay atten­tion to the finan­cial appro­pri­ate­ness of cer­tain styles. To save mon­ey, pay atten­tion to the pro­mo­tions of wed­ding fash­ion stores: due to low demand, they increas­ing­ly give sig­nif­i­cant dis­counts and liq­ui­date old col­lec­tions at very attrac­tive prices.

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how to get married in Ukraine during the war?

If you are hes­i­tat­ing how to adapt the image of the bride to the cur­rent times, then read our arti­cle “The image of the Ukrain­ian bride 2022: trends and inspi­ra­tion” — we wrote about it in detail there.

What you should not save on

In the pur­suit of sav­ings, the main thing is to stop in time 🙂 Below, we will list sev­er­al points on which it is bet­ter not to save, because a good result is worth the mon­ey.

Safe location

Safe­ty is above all else, espe­cial­ly now! You need to be care­ful when choos­ing a loca­tion for your wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion, tak­ing into account new safe­ty fac­tors. It is hard­ly rea­son­able to choose a cheap­er option, but with­out, for exam­ple, a secure place for stor­age dur­ing an air raid.

Photographer

Mem­o­ries will stay with you for­ev­er, and to pre­serve them in the best pos­si­ble way, you need a pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er. We are sure that your wed­ding pho­tos tak­en dur­ing the war will become a real fam­i­ly heir­loom, so the qual­i­ty should be at the high­est lev­el 🙂 Look for the best pho­tog­ra­phers for your wed­ding at Chan­fash­ion cat­a­logs.

Festive dinner

Yes, you will most like­ly have to give up foie gras. How­ev­er, the dish­es on the wed­ding table should be enough so that the guests do not remain hun­gry. Read our guide “How to prop­er­ly make a menu for a wed­ding“to avoid unfor­tu­nate mis­takes and orga­nize the per­fect din­ner.