More ideas to keep your wedding budget in check...

4 months to go Hen night • Keep it short and sweet: Swap the weekend city break for a chic, wallet-friendly bash, such as afternoon tea or a dinner party rounded off with champagne and silly games. • Take a class: Book a dance lesson such as burlesque or the can-can (www.polestars.net) or take a group cookery class. • Have an at-home singathon: Staying in is the new going out - have the girls round for cocktails, cupcakes and karaoke (stream tracks for free through www.luckyvoice.com). 3 months to go Gift list • Don't be afraid to ask for money: List the items you hope to buy so guests feel they are contributing to something specific. • Set up a honeymoon fund: Include holiday activities and excursions on your gift list.