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Budget-Savvy Bliss: Discover 5 Smart Strategies to Save Money in Wedding Planning

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by Maz Serena Rockers (subscribe)
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Published June 1st 2023
Tie the knot without spending a lot: 5 clever ways to save
Planning your dream wedding on a tight budget? Don't worry, I've got you covered! Let me share some savvy tips to help you save money without compromising style or quality. These ideas will help you create a wedding that's uniquely you while keeping your wallet happy. So, let's dive in and discover how you can have a fabulous day without breaking the bank.

1. DIY Wedding Invitations Online

Get your creative juices flowing and design stunning wedding invitations with the help of user-friendly tools like Canva. You can even design and send them electronically through platforms like Paperless Post and keep track of RSVPs and dietary preferences hassle-free. If you prefer a paper invitation, consider printing them yourself using services like Vistaprint or support your local print shop. And don't forget, involving your loved ones in a DIY invitation-making day can make it extra special.

2. Wedding Outfits

Who says you have to spend a fortune on a wedding dress or suit? There are amazing options out there for everyone. Check out Australian brands like Two Sisters The Label and Shona Joy for affordable yet stunning wedding attire. If you're open to it, buying secondhand can be a game-changer. Alternatively, hiring your outfit is not only budget-friendly but also a sustainable choice that eliminates the post-wedding dry-cleaning stress and save more money.

Image Courtesy of Leonardo Miranda, Unsplash
Image Courtesy of Leonardo Miranda, Unsplash

3. Wedding Jewellery

Sparkling diamonds are beautiful, but they're not the only choice for engagement rings. If you're open to it, it's worth exploring the world of moissanite, sapphire, or morganite for gorgeous alternatives that can be worn every day. Check out Canadian Seller EidelPrecious on Etsy for a stunning selection of colourful gemstone rings. If you're looking for a more traditional look, Australian owned brand Everspark has some really beautiful moissanite rings and bridal sets.

4. Flowers and Event Styling

Consider reusable faux flowers or a blend of faux and fresh flowers to save on costs. Look for pre-loved wedding flowers on platforms like Facebook Marketplace or local wedding buy and sell groups. Another option is to hire a florist who also offers event styling services, such as Sydney-based Chanele Rose Flowers. Bundling event styling with florals can result in a great deal and a cohesive look for your wedding.

5. Bridesmaids Dresses

Opt for a flexible approach when choosing bridesmaids dresses. To do this, you can start by selecting a colour palette. If you then allow your bridesmaids to choose styles that suit their individual shapes and sizes, everyone can look and feel fabulous. This also means taking advantage of potential sales and discounts. Just know that for some brands, ordering dresses online simultaneously can help maintain colour consistency. Other ways you can save is by considering second-hand dresses - often bridesmaids on-sell dresses that they only planned to wear ones. Finally, if you allow your bridesmaids to wear shoes that they already own, they'll be comfortable and that's even more money saved.

I hope these tips inspire you to plan a wedding that reflects your personal style and fits your budget. Remember, with a little creativity and a dash of resourcefulness, you can have a truly memorable and affordable celebration. What are some strategies you've thought of that can help achieve a more affordable wedding?
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