You can have a beautiful wedding without spending a huge sum of money.

Think outside the square!

SOME TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR COSTS UNDER CONTROL

 

Make a list of your family & friends who will be attending your wedding and think about what their strengths are.  Most people are delighted to be asked to contribute in some way to the wedding or their contribution can be seen as their present to you. It also gives your wedding a really personal feel and people will remember with pride how they contributed to creating a beautiful wedding.

You could consider asking people to:

  • Design & make your invitations
  • Design & make your wedding program
  • Provide live music - that is if you know someone who is a talented musician or singer!
  • Act as D.J. for your reception
  • Perhaps a couple of your friends could undertake the decoration of the ceremony area
  • Family and/or friends might be happy to decorate the reception tables etc.
  • Is someone in a family a good cook?  They could be flattered to be asked to make your cake and have it decorated as their gift to you.
  • Search out wedding ceremony venues that don't cost the earth.
  • Do you know someone with a flash or unusual car?  They might be happy to tie some ribbons on it and chauffeur you!
  • Is there someone who could do your flower arrangements for you?
  • Consider a reception at home if you or someone in your family has a suitable home.
  • Have you got a confident, well-spoken family member or friend?  They would probably be honoured to be your M.C.

As the bride and groom, you could consider the following ideas:

  • Search eBay and other internet sites for your gown
  • Has your mum still got her wedding gown? It may be possible to have it altered or remade for you.  What a lovely tribute to your mum!
  • Factory outlets are often great places to source bridesmaids gowns
  • Dinner suits for the groom & his men can often been found at op shops
  • Buying flowers at a flower market & having someone arrange them can save costs
  • Or, ask your guests to bring a flower each which can be given to the bride as part of the ceremony and which forms her bouquet
  • Design a lovely invitation & email it to your guests....that's a BIG saving on stationery & postage & they can still print it out to keep.
  • Buying rose petals to scatter is quite expensive...see if you can get them from a friend or neighbour.
  • Look for wedding bonbonniere at "Bargain" shops & market stalls (most large markets have wedding stalls)
  • Candles can also be purchased quite inexpensively at the same places
  • Buy your own "handfasting" ribbons and organza bag at your local haberdasher or a store like Spotlight
  • Have a cocktail reception with finger food rather than a full sit down dinner
  • Think about having your wedding on a weekday, Friday or Sunday as rates are usually less than Saturdays.
  • Morning weddings can be lovely and you can serve a simpler meal at lunchtime than in the evening.
  • Consider a winter wedding.  There's a lot more choice and rates are usually cheaper than in the peak seasons of Spring & Autumn.

 

Have you thought of other ways to make your wedding more affordable? Send me an email with your ideas for saving money and still having a beautiful, memorable wedding! 

Email to  esearle@optusnet.com.au