20 brides-to-be, 20 money saving wedding tips


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:

Invitations

  • “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                                                                                                           

Photography

  • “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

Bridal gown

  • “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

Shoes

  • “Every bride needs something borrowed, why not be specific and borrow your wedding shoes? Today glitsy heels are very accessible”: Sian

Ceremony

  • “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

Food

  • “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

Alcohol

  • “Our friend home brews so is brewing the whole bar for our wedding saving us hundreds of dollars!”: Hannah

Cake

  • “Ask for a ‘celebration cake’ rather than a ‘wedding cake’ and try chain bakers like The Cheesecake Shop or Michel’s Patisserie”: Julia

Flowers

  • “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

Decorations

  • “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

Bonbonnieres

  • “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.

Once upon a time…A real life Cinderella Limo


Most girls dream of their wedding day when they are young.  For me I can remember dressing up my dolls and creating my own wedding ceremony and watching the classic fairy tales such as Cinderella and Snow White over and over again.

I still love the fairy tales and when I look at most weddings I can see so many aspects of fairy tales included in their special day, from the red carpet, the ball gown and the flowers. However in reality there are just some things are just not possible such as blue birds helping with the veil and heart-shaped petals being thrown by mice and blue birds.

Now thanks to Alena and Slava from LuxCars Developments you add in one more fairy tale aspect to your wedding day with their new Cinderella Limo. This limo is dreamy and will make you feel like a princess.

Take the time to read about Alena and Slava story and see the beautiful photos of the Cinderella limo.

About Alena and Slava from LuxCars Developments

Cinderella LimoOnce upon a time, in a land filled with ice and snow, lived a young girl with dreams bigger than the cold, grey skies of Siberia, Russia. Wrapped up warm in her blankets with a book each night, Alena dreamt of a land where the sky was blue and there would be enough money for good food and nice clothes. As she grew into a beautiful, kind-hearted woman, Alena met her ‘’prince”, Slava and they were soon married.

Slava treated his bride as the princess she deserved to be but unfortunately, money was tight and a simple wedding was had to be held to celebrate their love. With not a white gown in sight, Alena married the love of her life in a red skirt and jacket – the best she had at the time – without the extravagance of a bridal procession or party.

But Alena never stopped dreaming of that magical procession.

After migrating to Australia, Alena and Slava turned their fortunes around. With the sun shining on them, Alena and Slava enjoyed worldwide travel with their successful fast food chain of stores. While in England, Alena was blown away by Queen Elizabeth II horse-drawn carriage, “The Britannica”, and thought how beautiful it would be if every day people could add a touch of magic to their special event by arriving in royal style but without the horses))

For two long years Alena and Slava fought the naysayers of government departments and financial institutions, slaying the disbelievers to make their dream of a real life motorised Cinderella carriage come true.

In January 2015, Alena was no longer a Princess; she became the Queen of luxury transport on the Gold Coast when her very own Cinderella™ Limousine (the only one in the Southern Hemisphere) took to the road for the very first time.

Since then their company, LuxCars Developments brings memories to lives of our people and customers, to create the unique experience that will be remembered and treasured forever with the of its kind Cinderella Limo.

Cinderella Limo Alena and Slava Inside the Cinderella Limo

The Importance of Celebrants


The Importance of Celebrants by Tim Manger

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A wedding ceremony is both a legal and commemorative event, that requires precision sequencing and integration of several key elements.

The first element is the building of the ceremony, incorporating a combination of several sub-elements; music, the couple’s story, readings, personal vows, and rituals. These sub-elements are often a combination of what the couple wants, what the celebrant is able to deliver, and what will realistically and logistically work.

The next element is the location, and the idea of incorporating the characteristics of the ceremonial space into the event, using the sub-elements mentioned above. For example; a beach wedding may lend itself to the inclusion of a sand ceremony, where as a rustic setting may lend itself to the incorporation of a Pagan Handfasting ritual.

The third element is the guests, and how they will witness the ceremony. It is critical that guests are seen as inclusionary, rather than just onlookers, whilst their age, ethnicity, age, and relationship to the bride and groom should be elementary. The great ceremonies are about people, and weddings are about the interactions between those people.

A competent celebrant should possess the ability to string each of the above elements together seamlessly, whilst being prepared to remodel the ceremony real time, given that the unexpected may arise, ie; changes in weather, equipment that malfunctions, rituals that fail, bridesmaids that faint, children that become unsettled, noise that emanates from  an expected source plus more.

A celebrant should possess the ability to be empathetic, and open to the idea of delivering a short, meaningful, professional ceremony. These points seem to be the resounding and basic ingredients requested by many modern couples.

 

Tim Manger (Civil Celebrant)

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