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.
Welcome back Rosario Intelisano –from Xpress Bridal 2U
It is entertaining to think about how cultural influences and traditions may take impact on your wedding gown. It may not have been something you have given much thought to – why would you? I never really paid much attention to that aspect until I came in contact with a recent client. I had to hand repair her amazing dress. The damage to her dress all stemmed from one tradition.
The bride is Lebanese and one of their traditions to help the newly married couple prosper, is to attach money to the bride’s dress. As you can imagine there are not many ways to successfully do so, in result the relatives happily took out a stapler and click, click, click away, all the money notes were stapled to the dress.
By hand and very carefully, I was able to make all the tiny holes disappear and re-attach any fallen crystal beads.
I am happy this bridal dress restoration landed in my lap. Not only for the pleasure it gave the young bride having her dress bought back to life, but also for the realisation I had of the importance and happiness wedding traditions bring, no matter the effect they may take.
If you know of any traditions where the wedding dress has come out worse for wear, please share the tale with us.