Getting married is a pricey affair but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways you can slash the cost of everything from your bridal gown through to the bonbonnieres.
Financial comparison site, Mozo.com.au, asked hundreds of brides-to-be to share their top cost cutting tips for their big day.
From the thrifty bargain hunting tactics through to the cheeky cost cutting methods, here are 20 money savings tips from 20 brides-to-be:
- “Design your own Save the Date card and Invitations and get them printed from Vistaprint”: Marie
- “Only invite those who you know you won’t be sorry you invited in 20 years time!”: Kathryn
- “Do a pre-wedding shoot. Without guests around, it takes less time (and costs less). On the day itself, get a relative to snap important moments”: Kate
- “We’ve asked friends to take turns taking happy snaps of our wedding and upload the photos onto our instagram account! Saves on a photographer!”: Candice
- “Save on an expensive wedding dress by recycling and buying a retro vintage dress instead”: Seyon
- “Buy your dress from eBay USA – beautiful brand new designer dresses for under $500!”: Faria
- “Every bride needs something borrowed, why not be specific and borrow your wedding shoes? Today glitsy heels are very accessible”: Sian
- “Plan a sunset ceremony on a weekday eg. Friday as this provides a cheaper venue cost”: Liz
- “We are doing a morning wedding and ceremony for close family and friends only, and making a lot of our own decorations”: Jess
- “Instead of gifts, ask family and friends to bring a plate and have a picnic in the park after the wedding”: Sarah
- “Cooking your own meals with your partner will ensure you not only have fantastic food but also at $10 a meal who can go wrong?”: Karley
- “Our friend home brews so is brewing the whole bar for our wedding saving us hundreds of dollars!”: Hannah
- “Ask for a ‘celebration cake’ rather than a ‘wedding cake’ and try chain bakers like The Cheesecake Shop or Michel’s Patisserie”: Julia
- “I am cutting out the middle man and am befriending a flower farmer, creating my own bouquet and supporting a local grower”: Candice
- “IKEA sells amazing artificial flowers. One shopping trip and a couple of YouTube clips has saved me $600+ dollars. My beautiful bouquets are perfect!”: Toni
- “For the wildflower look, keep an eye out for flowers that grow along the sideways of the freeway/highway! Also, baby’s breath is cheap too!” : Peta
- “Make decorations from stuff you can get from op shops. For example I am going to put pebbles and a candle into a jar for the table decorations”: Jacinda
- “I have spent 3 months folding paper flowers to create a beautiful bridal table backdrop for my reception. Resources have only cost me $6”: Danielle
- “We spent $40 on a custom-made cookie cutter for gifts for the guests – much better than a corkscrew each or something”: Hannah
- “Use a free app to personalise and print individual wedding favour gifts for all of your guests!”: Alisa
For more thrifty tips for your big day, head on over to Mozo’s wedding hub.
Our good friends from FreshFlowers.com.au have put together a great DIY post on how to make a flower crown.
If you don’t remember the heady days of the 60’s then you might not know what a flower crown is and why in the world you might want to make one. For those of us who were young and flamboyant in the 60’s however, we remember these whimsical and girly flower crowns with affection.
So it was quite a surprise to realise that floral crowns are making a big comeback with young girls today and that just about everyone wants to be seen wearing one of these fabulous floral creations.
They look absolutely beautiful on blushing brides and you can match them to your wedding dress and to the bride’s dresses as well. You don’t have to keep them to weddings though, because they bring a fresh and girly feel to just about any happy event.
Making your own floral crown is really easy if you have a ready supply of flowers in your garden. Otherwise, if your garden is bereft of flowers, then you can simply order flowers online and have it delivered in Melbourne or any other cities across Australia.
So grab your girlfriends and have a wonderful day making these beautiful floral crowns for yourself and each other.
- You need to collect your supplies together which includes, flower wire, tape and wire cutters, as well as a selection of fabulous flowers and some greenery.
Measure the circumference of your head and add about 10cm, cut the wire and bend the ends over to form a circle big enough to sit on your head. Then wrap the tape along the wire, making sure that you cover all of the floral wire (you need to wind the tape around the wire a couple of times).
- Decide whether you want to make a full crown or a half floral crown, then select the greenery and tape this to the wire, making sure to cover all of the wire where you want to add flowers (half or a full crown design). You will have to tape each of the greenery stems about 3 or 4 times around to make sure they stay in place nicely.
- Make small bundles with the flowers and tape them together
- Once you have covered the wire with the greenery, select your flowers and trim the stems leaving about 10cms or so to make it easier to attach the flowers to the wire.
- Arrange your flowers along the greenery covered circlet and tape each stem in place with the floral tape (3 or four times should do it).
The design of your floral crown is limited only by your imagination – wear them to weddings, parties, family get-togethers and even dates.
You have received the wedding invitation and have no idea of what to wear. At Just as Planned we know this can be a minefield so we have put together a little cheat sheet for the ladies and our friends at Paul Fredrick have supplied us with a fabulous guide for the gents.
One key details for all the brides to be planning your special day, don’t forget to include any specific attire that your would like your guests to follow on your invitation. This can be as simple as stating “Dress: Black Tie”.
The invite says….. Black Tie
I would suggest either a cocktail dress or a formal floor length gown. Think red carpet event.
The invite says….. Semi Formal
I would suggest a cocktail dress, dressy skirt or pant suit.
The invite says….. Casual / Outdoors
A casual dress such as a summer dress.
Here are my suggestions on what not to wear.
- White. Unless it is stated specifically on the invitation, I suggest stay away and let the bride shine.
- Jeans, again unless specifically stated
- Anything too revealing or strapless. If you are attending a religious wedding you may need to consider covering your shoulders for the ceremony