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 Post, Greenvelope 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.
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.
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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