10 ways to have a beautiful budget wedding

Say I do without having to break the bank

So you’re planning a beautiful wedding, the most unforgettable day of your life. The last thing you want is for your special day to be remembered by the huge bill! Start your new life together as husband and wife with a lot more money in your pockets by making some easy savings on your wedding costs.

 Here’s 10 areas you can save – and start married life together with some extra cash

 1. Save on stationery

Skip the expensive, heavily embossed fancy invitations.

  • Jump online and choose one of many free, DIY wedding invitations You don’t need to be tech-savvy, most are really easy to do yourself.
  • All you need are a computer and printer, and a quick trip to your local stationery or office supplies store for some coloured paper, and you’re done!
  • Think carefully about what stationery you’ll actually need for the big day. If you’re having a simple ceremony you probably don’t need printed booklets.
  • And if you’re having a cocktail style reception, you’ll save on unnecessary stationery like seating planners and place cards.
  1. Bridal beauty on a budget

If you’re the bride, this is probably one area you don’t really want to compromise on. After all, it’s the most important day of your life, and you want to be looking your best! But there are a few smart ways to make some big savings on bridal beauty.

  • Got a good friend who’s a hairdresser or makeup artist? Ask them if they’d consider making their services their wedding gift to you.
  • If you’re happy to consider doing your own makeup, make the most of those department store cosmetic counters. You can book in to have your makeup done for free, as long as you’ll be buying something –and you’re going to need some cosmetics for the big day anyway! They can show you all the tips and tricks you’ll need to know.
  • If you’re booking a professional, you can often save loads by going to their salon rather than paying extra for them to come to you.
  1. Fashion that won’t break the bank

Brides – you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get your dream gown.

  • Jump online to search for wedding dress outlet and sample sales and boutiques which sell pre-worn designer gowns. You can save a fortune!
  • If you’re shopping in bridal boutiques, don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price, especially if it’s a gown from a prior season or you’re buying other accessories.
  • Got a seamstress in the family? Consider having your dress made just for you.
  • Consider borrowing a dress – the cost of dry cleaning it before return is a small price to pay if you know someone who has your dream dress!

Grooms – hiring a suit for your big day can often be as expensive as buying one!

  • Consider your venue and the style of your wedding when deciding what to wear. You won’t want fancy black tie and shoes for a beach wedding, so can make some savings on accessories here.
  • Wedding suit hire can be really expensive. Instead, keep an eye out for suit sales in stores, and try to choose a suit that’s neutral and practical enough to be worn again in years to come.
  • If you are hiring, shop around to get a feel for different styles and pricing.
  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate, particularly if you’re getting married out of the peak spring and summer season.
  1. Downsize your bridal party

Think about it – the more attendants you have, the more you’re going to have to spend on things like outfits, hair and makeup, flowers and transport.

  • Be practical. Do you really need that many bridesmaids, the flower girls and pageboys, or to have every single one of your mates as a groomsman?
  • Consider having just one attendant each, to act as your helper for the day and official witness for the ceremony.
  • If you can’t decide between a few close friends or family, then consider having no bridal party at all.
  • Instead, you can involve your nearest and dearest as other special ways throughout your day, perhaps as ushers, drivers, readers and other valuable ways.
  1. Ditch the extra hours of photography

Do you really need to have every moment of your day photographed?

  • From getting ready, arriving at the ceremony, then off to a separate photo location for an hour or two, through to the reception and cutting the cake – constantly posing for the camera can not only cost you a fortune, it also means you miss valuable time with all of your fun and fabulous wedding guests.
  • Savvy couples are choosing to have just their photographer for just a couple of hours, enough to capture their ceremony and the treasured family and group shots afterwards.
  • This not only saves you a fortune in the photographer’s time and images, but it also frees you to do what your day should be about – sharing it with your partner and all of your family and friends, rather than constantly posing for photographs.
  • Skip the fancy canvas prints and expensive albums. Arrange to receive your wedding images digitally, and you can save a fortune by arranging your own prints and album.
  1. Getting from A to B without spending a cent

Flashy and expensive cars can cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

  • Why not ask a friend who has a nice car if they’d mind popping a ribbon on the front and transporting you to the ceremony.
  • Recruit family and friends to use their cars to transport you and your wedding party to the ceremony and onto the reception. This can make those friends a special part of your wonderful day!
  • This is an easy saving to make, especially if you can arrive somewhere out of sight of your wedding guests – they wouldn’t even know the difference, and you’ll have saved yourself a fortune!
  • Another option is to hire a van or minibus for your whole wedding party, at a fraction of the cost of expensive limos or wedding cars. You’ll have a fun little party bus that will add many happy memories to your day.
  1. Flowers that won’t cost a fortune

Save a fortune on floristry by choosing flowers that are in season.

  • Select smaller, less complicated bouquet designs, and consider how many button hole or corsage arrangements you really need for your wider group.
  • Skip the fancy floral arrangements for your ceremony and reception. While they may look pretty, once the guests have all arrived they blend into the background and no one really notices them!
  • Instead, opt for budget friendly table decorations like hurricane lamps and jars filled with candles, shells or other re-useable trinkets that suit your theme.
  • Or consider repurposing your flowers, and moving floral arrangements from your ceremony to use as table centrepieces at your reception. Ask a trusted friend to take care of this for you on the day.
  • Here’s some great budget friendly ideas for decorating your wedding.
  1. Getting your fill without emptying your wallet

When selecting your reception venue and planning your menu, there’s a few smart ways you can save.

  • Consider having your wedding outside of the peak spring/summer season when prices – and venue availabilities – are at a premium.
  • You can also make savings by having a weekday or a morning wedding.
  • Look for a venue where you can BYO. This way not only can you have your favourite wines and beers, but you’ll save a small fortune on the drinks bill.
  • A cocktail style wedding can make some big savings on food. Just be sure there’ll be enough food if serving canapes – you don’t want your guests going home hungry!
  • Make your own wedding cake – or ask a talented friend if they’d consider doing so as their wedding gift to you.
  • Serve your wedding cake as dessert. If you go for cupcakes, you can often avoid the ‘plating’ fee that many venues charge.
  1. Bon-bon what?
  • Traditionally, wedding guests were sent home with a small treat known as bonbonniere. But these often get left behind on tables by guests who are having too much fun on the dancefloor!
  • Thankfully, this tradition is fading out, saving most couples hundreds of dollars.
  • Instead, take the time to chat with and thank each of your guests in person on the day, It’s much more meaningful – and free!
  1. Set and stick to a plan

Whatever style of wedding you desire, and where you choose to make some savings with your cash, there’s lots of simple websites and apps you can use to keep your planning and budget on track.

City Finance can help you with fast cash for your big day

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