DO believe I can hear wedding bells.
Christmas Day was the most popular day of the year to get engaged, according to bridebook.co.uk.
If you were one of those who said “I do”, it might be starting to look like an expensive year ahead.
Maybe I’ll be able to save you some dosh with these ideas . . .
UNDER THE HAMMER: If you can get your head around the colour scheme and theme now, you can start scouring auction sites. Now is the perfect time to pick up bargains, as people declutter. Search specifically for “wedding centrepiece deals” on eBay and you’ll find lots of pre-owned bundles. For example, I found someone selling ten vases for £10.
TIME IS MONEY: Peak season is May to October, so marrying between November and February can save you hundreds on your venue. For example, Surrey’s Ramster Hall is offering 20 per cent off from January to March 2020. You’ll get an even better deal by booking midweek — February half term is a good bet if you’re inviting kids too. Accommodation also tends to be cheaper in winter.
ACCESSORISE ALL AREAS: Finding your dream wedding dress in the New Year sales might be a tall order. More realistically, you might want to think about buying some accessories. Debenhams has up to half-price across lots of diamante wedding hair clips, including the Alan Hannah freshwater pearl-and-crystal headband, down from £50 to £15.
CORKING PRICES: Buy your wedding fizz now to make a big saving. Aldi’s Castellore prosecco and Lidl’s Allini prosecco are both just £3.99 — a pound cheaper than usual. If you buy 25 bottles, that’s £25 saved.
DECK THE WALLS: If you’re looking ahead to a festive winter wedding, take full advantage of the Christmas decoration sales in January. Think twinkling lights, candles and wintry table runners. for example, M&S’s light-up jewel tree is now £12.37, down from £49.50, saving you £37.13.
Deal of the day
THE M&S New Year Dine-in meal-for-two deal is back. Get a giant chicken kiev, truffle cauli cheese, choc puddings and bottle of prosecco for £15, today until January 1.
My Sun Savers fiver
LYNNE FOLLAND-BOOTH, from Rugeley, Staffs, says: “I’m saving my Sun Savers fivers towards buying my daughter’s prom dress.”
- Send your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Please include your name and town.
TRY SPAR’s new Vine & Bloom vegan wine range, now £5.50 a bottle, is normally £6.50.
Shop and save
NEED a hand reversing? Halfords’ EchoMaster Monitor & Reversing bundle is £66.75, down from £89. Be quick, offer ends Sunday.
Reader’s saving tip
JEAN WILSON, from Keighley, West Yorks, says: “Put any unused tomato puree in ice cube trays once a tube has been opened, so you can keep it for longer.”
- Send your tips to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used. Please include your name and town.
THE only difference I can tell between this Dunelm Marsden Nickle table lamp, £32, and Wayfair.co.uk’s Fulton Arch lamp, £38.99, is the price.
Holidays from £9.50 are BACK!
HOLIDAYS From £9.50 are returning in the New Year as we mark three decades of sending the great British public on fantastic bargain getaways.
The Sun is the nation’s biggest provider of short breaks, which have been enjoyed by more than 55million people since 1990.
Starting on January 4, you can choose from 309 holiday parks to visit across the UK and Europe.
Fancy ticking off some new countries in Europe or visiting some areas of the UK you have never been to before?
If so, our holidays are the perfect base to explore.
Try Cornwall, Devon, East Anglia — or venture abroad to France, Spain or Croatia.
Look out for our special eight-page travel special with Travel Editor Lisa Minot.
There is lots of inspiration and details on the amazing attractions near our holiday parks.
With breaks available from March all the way through to November, you will have a wide range of dates to choose from.
Book either a three-night weekend break — or for those who can go Monday to Friday, take advantage of our midweek offer of four nights for the price of three.
Booking your holiday could not be easier.
All you need to do is collect TEN tokens, codewords or Sun Savers codes from the 25 that will be printed daily inside your newspaper from Saturday, January 4.
The best holidays go quickly. Make sure you pick up the paper on the first Saturday of January so you can start collecting — and are ready to pick the top breaks when booking!
- Terms & Conditions: Price per person based on four sharing. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions and date restrictions apply. Full T&Cs at thesun.co.uk/holidays.
Your paper could be worth £50,000
Every month YOU could win the super cash giveaway in our Sun Raffle just for reading this paper.
Entering could not be easier – simply download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk.
Then, opt in to each month’s Sun Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the codes printed daily inside the paper – scanning in the app or entering online.
With every code you enter you will earn a Raffle ticket into that month’s £50,000 Raffle.
There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect per month, so make sure to enter as many codes as you can to give yourself the best chance of winning. Remember, you have got to be in it to win it.
Not already a Sun Savers member? Join Sun Savers today.
It only takes a minute to sign up – just search “Sun Savers” in the app store and then download the app, or head to sunsavers.co.uk. To get started, all you need to do is enter a few details.
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Fancy a free fiver?
YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.
Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.
Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have collected 28.
This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.
For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver.
So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.
We are keeping it super-simple.
You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.
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To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.
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