It’s no secret that weddings are extremely expensive events these days with the word ‘wedding’ causing most vendors to hike their prices by absurd amounts. However, it is still possible to have a wedding that doesn’t cost the earth by making some clever money saving decisions and remember, the earlier you start planning and booking your vendors, the more time and options you will have to shop around for the best price.
1.) The Venue
The venue is generally one of the first things to be organised and possibly one of the biggest expenses. You can save money here by getting married on a day other than a Saturday and outside peak season.
2.) Reception Food and Drink
The most cost effective way to provide food and drinks for your guests is to have a pot luck meal where everyone brings something to share, which can be really fun. You can also enlist friends and family to help you cater if you prefer. If you’d rather have someone else provide and serve the food, consider having a cocktail party instead of a sit down dinner and serve appetizers instead of a main meal. Try to find a venue that will allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks as this is often the most expensive part of the reception.
With all the work you’re putting in to ensure your wedding day is the most special day of your life, you want to ensure you capture as many moments as you can to remember it by. This can of course be very expensive so consider hiring someone relatively new to the business or someone that is a hobby photographer.
Music sets the mood for your event, so if you are working on a smaller budget but still would like a musician to play live music we recommend you choose live musicians for your ceremony. Why? 1. it’s more affordable as you’re only booking musicians for now longer then 2 hours and 2. The ceremony sets the tone, atmosphere and mood for the entire day. We may be bias, but live musicians can’t be compared to a recording especially when walking down the aisle.
Flowers can cost a lot of money, but if you are smart you can reduce the cost here easily. Consider the types of flowers you are choosing, and whether or not they are grown locally and in season. Again consider having a talented friend or family member arrange them for you instead of a professional.
6.) Table Centrepieces
You can have a lot of fun with this without spending much money. As you’ll most likely have months and months to prepare, why not make something yourself.
7.) The Dress
It’s easy to get carried away with what is normally the bride’s favourite part of the big day but fortunately there are lots of dresses in lots of price ranges out there. If you make a budget and stick to it you can save money and still have the dress of your dreams.
8.) Hair and Makeup
While it may be convenient to have hair and makeup artists come to you on the big day, there are a lot of cheaper options available to you. Consider going to a hair/makeup school and having a student help you, or alternatively watch some YouTube videos and learn how to do it yourself.
This is another area that often costs a lot more than expected. To save money, consider doing some or all of it yourself or even send out electronic invites!
Traditionally favours are given out to the guests to say thank you for their attendance and support and this can be costly. Consider instead bagging up some lollies for your guests or making something yourself like a photo of the bride and groom holding a thank you note.