Wedding budget tips
Uncategorized January 30, 2020

12 easy ways to save hundreds on your wedding

Say “I do” without blowing the wedding budget using these thrifty tips.

Go digital for invites

It’s 2020 and digital wedding invites are more than OK. Guests RSVP at the click of a button, which also makes keeping track of your guest list a breeze. Check out Paperless PostGreenvelope and With Joy.

DIY photo booth

Photo booths are a great way to capture the real fun of the night. Keep the fun without the expense by providing a backdrop (eg. a wall of balloons or fairy lights, polaroid style card frame), some quirky props with a camera on a tripod.   

Skip the favours

Favours are often costly and time consuming, and easily forgotten about. Simply give them a miss; chances are your guests will hardly notice.

Sharing plates

With weddings becoming more personal and casual, the traditional 3-course meal is no longer a necessity. Sharing plates usually cost significantly less, and easily cater to dietary requirements (perfect for that gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian friend everyone has).

Double duty florals

It makes sense for pretty (and costly) flowers to be used for more than a couple of hours. Ask for ceremony florals that can be re-purposed at the reception, and for a trusty friend to help transport them.

Buy a white dress, not a bridal dress

You’ve probably already noticed that anything with the word ‘wedding’ attached comes with a hefty price tag. Consider a pretty gown off the rack that happens to be white. Or if you really want that classic wedding dress, consider second hand (try Still White) or vintage (try Etsy).

Get a groomsmen package

Getting the boys suited and booted can be a costly process. Look for shops that offer a groomsmen package which gives a discount for multiple suits, shirts and ties.

Dessert buffet

A table of delectable treats is a sweet (and budget friendly) dessert alternative. It also means you can opt for a small cake, since it won’t need to feed the masses. Got leftovers? Arrange some small takeaway boxes so guests can take home.

 Stick to beer and wine

When it comes to wetting whistles, stick to beer and wine if you’re on a budget. If you think the hard stuff might be necessary to get the dance floor started, you can opt to serve it only later in the night.

Candles over florals

Less flowers and more candles can save you a wad of cash. Candelabras can be rented and have an impressive impact on table centres, there’s usually plenty of options to work with any style.

Embrace a winter wedding

You might have always pictured a sunny seaside wedding, but an off-peak wedding can save you thousands in venue hire. Fur jackets and snow-capped mountains can provide some spectacular photography, and guests are pretty much guaranteed not to have another wedding that weekend.

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