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How to Save Money on Your Wedding Day
The minute you mention the word “Wedding” costs will go up. As we come out of a GFC and watch the banks hover over interest rates, couples planning their weddings stick to their mantra “Budget. Budget. Budget.” Many married couples I have spoken to about their own weddings and receptions all said that the magic word “Wedding” would hike prices up and brides are taking on a more DIY approach to their wedding to keep to the budget. I was no different in planning our wedding, and also experienced vendors increasing prices. Feeling feint as I read an e-mail from a photographer who charged $5000 for two hours and after that we were not allowed to keep the negatives!
Whilst it can be confronting at first as you add up all the quotes and realise your wedding is racking up a total equal to Kim Kardashian’s wedding (and even then she didn’t pay for any of it!) it is natural for you to panic and think that your wedding may never happen, but if this was the case then heaps of people would walk around unwed and wedding planners would be out of business! Have your moment to freak out, but then have fun with it and get savvy. There are many ways that you can lower the costs of your reception (Pink Frosting know this and offer great discounts and sales) and the savings can go to other things like the gown, honeymoon or house deposit!
Standard tips are to look at time of year, day of week that you will be holding your wedding. Summer weddings are more expensive, especially on a weekend. Autumn/Winter weddings are cheaper and if you marry during the week it can cut even more off your wedding total spend.
First up shop around for a reception venue, you don’t have to go with the first venue you look at. If you do have your heart set on a place then sit down and talk to the event co-ordinator, they may be able to put together a reception package for your budget. They want your business, they want your wedding. I found some businesses and service providers to be intimidating, your simple question about quotes and availability would have them coming back to you and talking as if you have booked them! Also look at what decorations the venue already have/can provide and what condition they are in.
If you have to bring in your own decorations and equipment you may be able to use this in your bargaining with the reception venue which could free up some extra cash in the budget to splurge on your own decorations. Also see what vendors they associate with – if they have teamed up with a local florist, DJ, hire company, photographer they may have special discounts available to you. An example – where I held my ceremony and reception (one venue), they recommended a fantastic celebrant and florist who both gave us significant discounts. The florist decorated our reception room, provided four bouquets, buttonholes and corsages for five hundred dollars total. They did an amazing job; the flowers were fresh and beautiful and looked like a million dollars’ worth of floral decadence. Our celebrant was a lovely gentleman who we kept in touch with long after we were married. His services were four hundred dollars and he gave us an incredibly beautiful wedding ceremony.
Another tip to save some money is to pick a venue that can do everything. Either a location that has accommodation so you can not only get ready in one of the rooms, but then walk to your ceremony and then onto reception and at the end of the event return back to your room for the night - all in the one building. Or a venue that can give you a room to get ready, hold your ceremony and reception. Either option can mean that you don’t have to worry about a convoy of wedding vehicles. For the second option you will only require one car to whisk away to your hotel (maybe a friend of yours has a really nice car and they could be your chauffer at the end of the night?). If you like this option, if your venue also has accommodation available they may offer discounted rates for your guests and a free night’s accommodation for the newlyweds.
Call in favours and DIY: Ask for help from family and friends – some may be champing at the bit to be a part of your special day, no matter how big or small. Whether it is helping you make the table place cards, packing the wedding favours, cake decorating, setting up the venue, handing out order of ceremony cards, sewing flowers onto dresses – anything. You may have a DJ amongst your friends who can spin the decks for you as a wedding gift. Maybe a budding photographer can help you out? You never know unless you ask and you may be pleasantly surprised! With DIY there are plenty of project sheets and advice available to you. Also keep an eye out for sales – Australia’s #1 Wedding Shop offer up sales and discounts on selected products. Snap up fantastic products to create, decorate and enjoy an expensive-looking, celebrity-worthy event at a fraction of the cost! The more you can save on your reception means you can use that money for other things to kick-start your life as Mr & Mrs, and Pink Frosting know this only too well which is why they offer high-quality products at wedding budget friendly prices.
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