WEDDINGS are one of the most memorable yet expensive occasions for couples to organise.
However, contrary to popular belief it doesn’t have to leave you and your future husband broke.
IdoWeddings Photography owner and photographer Ben Law said he has five tips for brides who are keen to deliver a fabulous wedding without breaking the bank.
1. Consider a breakfast or lunch instead.
It is becoming more popular for brides and grooms to steer away from the traditional sit-down dinner and opt instead for a breakfast or lunch, slicing the per head price by more than half. If you’re not all about tradition, consider hosting your wedding reception at a different time of the day.
2. Ask family and friends to help.
Does your sister impress with interior design? Is your husband’s best mate mad about vinyl? Try acquiring help from family and friends with the reception styling, music or other aspects of the ceremony and wedding reception, so you can save your pennies for more important expenses on the day such as the venue, photographer and the wedding night hotel stay.
3. Find a photographer offering a free engagement shoot.
If you have engagement shoot photos on hand, you can use these photos for your wedding invitations, or have them displayed at the wedding sometimes for guests to sign as a memento. The great news is some photographers offer engagement shoots for free as part of a wedding photography package.
4. Spend the 12 months before your wedding learning new skills.
Fancy creating your own flowers? Prefer to create your own invitations? Do you believe you’re a budding cake artist? There are so many aspects of your wedding you can do yourself with a bit of know how. If you can think of a short course I guarantee it will be on offer. In ten short weeks you will have the skills to create your own posy, invitation or wedding cake, or preferably for those on a budget, all of the above.
5. If all else fails, enter competitions.
For every wedding fair or expo you attend, there will be around ten competitions to enter to receive discounted supplies, free transportation, or even a full wedding package. Always take the time to enter – you have to be in it to win it.