I love weddings.
I was glued to the recent royal wedding (I haven’t even watched my own wedding DVD but I watched their wedding)
However, what I don’t love about weddings is the price that goes along with them. Everything is more expensive when the word wedding is added to it.
The average Aussie Wedding costs $65,000* and Megan and Harry’s was a staggering 58 million dollars (yikes)**.
But you can have an elegant wedding without being royalty or putting yourself under financial stress.
Here are 10 easy ways you save money on your big day:
- Look at places like Stillwhite for your wedding dress. There are gorgeous designer dresses, dry cleaned and in great condition for a fraction of the price new.
- Instead of flowers for your bridesmaids why not get them a nice clutch (this can also double as your thank you present to them). If you do have flowers make sure you buy ones that are in season as this can be substantially more cost effective.
- Consider holding your wedding offseason (a winter wedding can be gorgeous !! )
- Buy your table and reception decorations on places like Ebay, Gumtree or Facebook groups like buy/sell/swap
- Consider reducing your food costs by having food trucks at your wedding. Nathan from Bao Brothers Eatery notes “we definitely have seen an increase in people booking our trucks for their weddings and we now have weddings booked more than a year in advance … they get great food without the restaurant price tag”
- Ditch the wedding favours/ bombonieres and save between $500 – $1,000 (I never had any at my wedding and no noticed)
- Have a cocktail style wedding instead of a formal sit down meal
- Think about decorating your own wedding cake. There are heaps of easy hacks on how to do this on Pinterest. Wedding cakes can be over $1,000.
- Consider a Friday or Sunday wedding as whilst this may not be cheaper per person the minimum number of guests required is usually lower.
- Look online for wedding invitations. You might be able to get them designed about places like Fivver or Vista print for a fraction of the price of a wedding specialist.
After your wedding consider selling anything you no longer need (eg table decorations, dress etc) as this can help another person but also give you some extra cash.
If you want more tips for planning your big day be sure to download our ebook “5 Mistakes Brides Make When Budgeting For A Wedding”.
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