You’re getting married – woo hoo!! The ‘average’ cost of a wedding in Melbourne is now a whopping $36,000. But don’t let that figure dampen your excitement, there are plenty of ways to budget correctly for your wedding day without losing out. Here are some helpful tips that are actionable right now!
This may seem an obvious one but more guests = more money. No plus ones, no great great cousins you’ve only met twice, no inviting guests because you feel obliged to. Only your nearest and dearest, not only will it feel more special and intimate, you will be able to get around to everyone on the day.
Whilst there’s no doubt that designing your own invites is more time consuming, it’s also a lot more fun and are really only limited by your imagination! Beautiful invites can be designed through Canva or for a very small fee, have a graphic designer from Fiverr create something for you. Printing can be handled via Vistaprint or better still, use Paperless Post for stylish e-invites.
We’ve thankfully moved on from sugared almonds (why was that even a thing anyway?!) Providing your guests small, DIY favours are a lot more meaningful and will be appreciated more than something mass produced. Consider yourselves an earthy couple? Why not give beautiful hand reared succulents or seedlings. Own a side hustle? Hand made cookies, soap or honey will be well loved by your guests.
Purchase off the rack. Gowns ready to wear will save you money that a custom made one. Love a particular designer? Sign up for their newsletters and stay abreast of sales. Consider pre loved. Boutiques and online stores such as Love me Twice and Still White sell good quality pre loved and upcycled wedding gowns.
Winter weddings are gaining in popularity, and for good reason. Venues are not in hot demand so generally offer a percentage discount off their price. Look at getting married on any day other than a Saturday. What better way than to lead into the weekend than get married on a Friday, you can have 2 days to recover before heading back to work!
A gorgeous venue will negate the need for flowers or decorating. Add some festoon lighting, create your own floral arrangements and you’re all set! Toolangi Heights is a personal fave! Food trucks are a fun, interative way for your guests to enjoy their meal. Or look into a catering company that can dish up a hearty shared fare such a spit roast. Buying alcohol in bulk will also save you a shedload.
Know a talented home baker? They’d be honoured if you shared your vision for a cake with them. This could be their gift to you. There are lots of other ways to satisfy a sweet tooth. Who doesn’t love a good donut?! Or maybe cupcakes. Or perhaps you’re more of a cheese connnoisseur. Cheese towers provide an elegant difference.
For videography, I work closely with Ray from Rays Weddings. Not only do we work cohesively on the day, but Ray offers a discount when coming on board with me as photographer. Perhaps your florist can help with decorations, or signage or your band can perform for the ceremony, then rock it out at night for the party!
Expos are a fantastic way to meet a whole heap of different vendors under the one roof and really get to know them on a face to face level. Vendors will often have a discount on offer too. Have a look at Affordable Wedding Expo which is held 4 times per year across different locations.
If your venue holds multiple weddings across a weekend, check what rentals the other couple has chosen and look to share the costs. This could apply to a range of things such as the marquee, flowers and decorations, signage, even cutlery!
There’s my top tips for planning a wedding on a budget (and really EVERYONE) has some sort of budget to work towards. I’d love to hear your thoughts and tips on how you’ve saved money while planning for your wedding day 🙂
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