If money was no object, you’d have the most lavish wedding you could imagine, with horse-drawn carriages, gold flakes in the water, a diamond-encrusted dress…
Reality bites, however, and you’re probably looking at your wedding spreadsheet in alarm, wondering how to make it all work. Well, thankfully there are many ways to reduce the costs of your wedding without sacrificing your style. Here’s just a few.
Start with the invitations
Don’t spend a small fortune on stationery – use two-ply paper for the invitations and regular one-ply for the detail inserts. You could also save a packet by getting your girlfriends over to hand-write or stamp your invitations rather than ordering them.
Have a seating poster rather than individual cards
This is a novel idea. Your stationer won’t do it for free, of course, but you could save quite a few dollars this way as you won’t be paying for all the individual place cards. You could also extend this theme to your menus – have one per table, in an eye-catching frame, and reduce your costs further.
Use some greenery in your flower arrangements
Using foliage and other forms of greenery in your bouquets and other arrangements can save you a lot of money – flowers are expensive, so mix them up with some cheaper greens.
Use fresh fruit as your centrepieces
Make table centre arrangements out of seasonal fruit – the more exotic the better. If it fits in with your general theme, you could spray some of them with gold or silver paint.
Replace buttonholes with pocket squares
The flowers for the men’s buttonholes can really set you back quite a bit, so go with the latest trends and replace them with pocket squares – all co-ordinated with one another, as you’d expect.
Choose an off-peak day for your wedding
Getting married on a Friday, a Sunday or even a Wednesday can save you thousands of dollars. Just make sure everyone knows the date and knows which day of the week it is in plenty of time so they can arrange time off work.