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Published February 28th 2015
Tips for low cost weddings
1. Ditch the Huge Bridal Party. If you do have a bridal party, be different and let them wear their own choice of dress and colour. Have one or two close friends and save by not having to get two or three cars to transport you on the day. Or, ditch the bridal party altogether and get your close friends involved in other ways. Have them participate by through a reading or be a witness to your marriage by signing the marriage certificate at your ceremony.
2. The Cake.
The cake or cakes can be used as dessert rather than given to your guests to take home, which means that you only need to have a two course dinner served as part of your reception.
Cakes from Ab Fab Cakes, Image from Dansk Photography
Cup cakes are all the rage now with some exquisite designs and colours to match your theme. Whilst I wouldn't recommend making them yourself, often a budding baking enthusiast may be able to help on this front or through word of mouth you may know of someone who does wedding cakes from home.
However, if you don't know anyone who can bake and prepare your wedding cake, head to a few wedding cake stores, get some ideas and have some tastings too. Once you get some ideas and make some decisions regarding what you want and quantity of guests they will be able to prepare a quote for you. Having a simpler design will generally work out cheaper.
3. Photography. Wedding photography can be a minefield to navigate. The best advice is through word of mouth. Listen to others and take on board their recommendations. Visit a few photography studios to get a feel for the type of photos and personality of the photographer. You want someone with whom you can trust and feel comfortable with and who can put you at ease.
Ways to save on photography are to book a photographer for a shorter time period, only have one location, save by not having the photographer show up at your house prior to your ceremony and have your family shots taken after the ceremony. These days look for a photographer who can provide all images digitally as part of your wedding package so you can print off photos and get enlargements as you require them.
4. Make your Own Invitations and Thank You Cards. Now, not all of us are creative however we can be with the help of the myriad designs, templates and DIY wedding invitations websites out there. Be ultra creative and get ribbon, diamontes, sea shells, motives or embellishments. It is truly amazing what some people have done.
Image from Kardella.com
I went with a straight A4 silver card, divided into 3. I designed the wording in Microsoft Word, set up a template and rather than print at home, I went through Officeworks online and had them printed on heavy card. I purchased a guillotine to crop them, used some glue then stuck some diamonte strips at the top. In all I spent approximately $50 for 30 invites.
If you want to leave it to someone else, try Kardella where you can design your own wording, use their card stock and have some samples sent prior to placing your order resulting in a truly professional finish.
5. Make your Own Wedding Album.
Once you have received all your digital photos, put together your own wedding album through an online image gateway.
Officeworks and Apple are among some websites which allow you to download software where you can upload photos and create your own wedding photo book. Creating an A4 photo book rather than an A3 one will save money too.