Tips to save money and still have your dream wedding

I cringe every time I think about how expensive weddings are. Just mention the word ‘wedding’ and the price will probably double. For those of you who are wondering how much our wedding cost and how we broke up our budget, I’ll include all that in another post. Because today I want to tell you guys about some of the things I did to save money and still have the wedding of my dreams.

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Buy a second-hand wedding dress

The original price of my wedding dress was $5900 NZD. It was designed by Jane Yeh and was made the same year I bought it. I purchased it for less than half the price and the dress and veil were already dry cleaned. Needless to say, I am an advocate for second-hand wedding dresses, it’s worth the savings.

DIY your invitations

These days there are so many wedding invitation templates, really good ones. If you’re not too picky about your invitations, do them yourself. I bought pocket invitations and lace to add to the overall elegance. I spent around $150 on my invitations and reveled in the savings.

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Buy cheap wedding heels

Trust me when I say your heels are going to get wrecked on your wedding, especially if you’re having a garden wedding or taking photos outside. My wedding heels were $15 NZD and they were incredibly dirty by the time we made it to the reception. Ladies, it’s not like your guests will really see them anyway.

Skip the order of service cards

Personally I thought that printing order of service cards for each person was a bit excessive. Rather, I printed an order of service on A3 paper and framed it so guests could have a look on the way to the reception. This was a cheaper option for me as I had a lot of frames left over from previous events I’ve organised. So if you find some cheap frames or have some floating around I’d advice doing this.

Have a framed seating chart

Similar to my advice above, print out a seating chart and frame it or write it on a chalkboard rather than buying place cards.

Photography: Marque Brand Studios http://www.weddingphotographerhamilton.co.nz

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