Sure, a plated sit down meal in a beautiful venue is rather exquisite, but it can end up costing quite a bit as it's quite labour intensive! We suggest you do some research when it comes down to selecting your wedding day menu.
For example, a buffet or family style dinner would work out far cheaper than a three course plated menu. We also absolutely adore the idea of having a breakfast or brunch wedding (just imagine how much you could be saving on booze as well)! To get your creative juices flowing, read our article Catering Alternatives For Your Wedding Day.
Go off peak! Most venues and service providers usually tend to offer discounts for weddings taking place out of peak season.
If you simply cannot face having a winter wedding, you can still have your beautiful summer time wedding, but choose to go with a mid-week affair. Midweek weddings are becoming increasingly popular and it will bring down your venue and hiring costs quite substantially!
Flowers can be pretty darn pricey, but they're are so beautiful and totally worth the price! We suggest getting your flowers from a wholesaler as this will most certainly bring down your costs.
If using a florist, only choose blooms that are in season. Remember to do extensive research to check what will be available in the month you choose to marry. There's also the option of foraging beautiful leaves and grass for a dry floral installation - pampas grass is a definite winner in our eyes!
If you've had your eye on a beautiful designer gown, but cannot afford one, we suggest looking at hiring. Boutiques often have real gems and we assure you, you will still look and feel like an absolute dream!
Some other options include buying previously loved gowns or buying a dress on sale. Everyone loves a good deal!
Be smart with your venue choice. Remember, choosing a blank canvas style venue will end up costing you more as more decor and florals will be required. Instead, opt for a venue with lots of character where you'll only need minimal decor to ensure a beautiful wedding set-up.
For additional tips on how to have a spectacular budget wedding, watch the video below!