Save On Weddings
Planning A Weddding
Planning a wedding can be very simple or very complicated depending on what style you are looking at having as well as very expensive. The average cost of a wedding is $26,444 which is quite scary personally as it is for one day only and often causes a lot of stress.
However, many people are delaying their wedding for years as they believe it has to cost thousands of dollars which they do not have which is sad.
We were married a few years ago (2nd time for both of us ) and we decided to have a beach wedding which cost us between $500-600. The service was the most expensive out of everything.
My dress was $50 new in a local shop sale.
Flowers approx $10 on the day fresh in the supermarket & colour I wanted!
Wine for after the ceremony $20
Lunch for us & guests $150- If we had more guests it would have gone up accordingly
Photography & my ride to the beach $50
Service was approx $350 if I remember correctly and that was our biggest cost.
I have read that some will do it for a lot less so remember to price around for everything.
Tips on saving while planning a wedding
First of all, you need to work out together what your budget is that you need to stick to for the day.
What is most important to you personally? For some brides, it is having the right dress to wear while others are more concerned that they have the guests they love attending.
Do you have a venue close by that you can use the beach, a lake or local park? What about a house that has a nice garden?
What talents do your family & friend have that they could share on the day instead of a present
Are any of them keen on photography or cake making -have a lovely garden full of flowers.
Choosing flowers that are available + in the season will give you a good saving.
Does anyone sew exceptionally well to make a wedding or bridesmaids dresses
Hiring men's suits can sometimes be cheaper than buying them.
Also not having too many bridesmaids that you need to buy dresses /shoes for will be a big saving.
If having all your friends and family at the wedding is most important as is usually the case for your first wedding & that is what makes the day ,why not consider a bring a plate wedding where everyone brings food or drink to share . We have been to a few weddings like this and everyone has a great time as well as a lovely feed.
If you feel this isn't your style others have put on a barbecue or a spit with salads .
You can start buying your drink on special weeks before the big day to make a great saving.
The Wedding Cake
As soon as you mention the word wedding cake the price goes sky high just like with flowers .
Why not advertise locally to see if there are any cake makers at home that would be happy to make it for a smaller amount & free advertising . I used to know a lady in our town who made amazing cakes at a great price and they were delicious.
Square cakes go further in serving guests also order the size you need to feed everyone rather than ordering a massive overpriced one that is not needed yet is still delicious .
If you have the time and are creative you might choose to try making your own wedding cake ! it could be the start of a new fun career in cake making !
How to make a wedding cake
Time of day for wedding
It seems to be traditional that weddings take place usually on a Saturday either about 2 PM or later however you can save a lot of money by changing the time of your wedding to another day as it will save you a lot of money.
We personally got married on a weekday morning around 11.30 then had a lunch. As it was our 2nd time we didn't have many guests so it worked out well.
If you do have a lot of guests then you will most likely find a Friday night or Sunday will suit you better as it can be hard for some to get off work.
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Beach Wedding !
If you are getting married for a 2nd time then there will be many items that you will have already so rather than receive gifts why not suggest guests can pay for their meal or donate to the honeymoon fund.
As there often is not as many guests it makes it easier to find a venue for free or at low cost for the short time needed.
Drink for wedding
Do check local op shops for dresses if you are low on funds.
Be brave and ask neighbors for help if they have an amazing flower garden or you know they are amazing cake makers.
Look in local papers or Gumtree/Craigslist list for services you might need or place your own advert.
Most of all no matter what you do - Enjoy the day and keep your sense of humour !
If you have the right venue for music then it is nice to pick out a wedding song that you both enjoy and will give you many future happy memories to enjoy !