Weddings, while often an exciting time for those involved, can often pose a financial headache for the bride and groom. From the bride's wedding dress to the decorations, catering and venue cost, it appears that the list of expenses is almost never ending.
With your upcoming nuptials being such an important occasion, the conundrum lies in the fact that no one wants to feel they are "going cheap". However, keeping down costs doesn't necessarily mean you have to compromise on your vision for the day. Here are a few ways to skirt some of the big costs.
Weigh up your options for your wedding dress
A wedding dress can easily be a big ticket item, with prices to intimidate any thrifty shopper. Never assume that a lower price tag on a dress dictates the quality of the gown, as less well-known designers may charge less for their designs when they are starting out.
Additionally, you can keep your eyes peeled for sales or reductions such as the Eternal Weddings relocation sale, where prices have been dramatically dropped to clear out our gowns before we move premises. Get in while you still can!
Get smart with decorations
It's easy to get caught up in the fun of decorating your venue, so much so that the budget goes out the window. For floral arrangements, one of the best ways to keep costs down is by selecting seasonal blooms. Doppelganger blossoms can also mean that you get the overall effect for a bouquet or centrepiece without the higher prices associated with the most popular flowers.
Lots of fun can also be had with DIY decorations, for a fraction of the cost. Gather your friends for an evening of crafts and you can whip up anything from beautiful handwritten invitations to quirky centre pieces.
Keep it intimate
If you're really concerned about the mounting costs of your wedding ceremony and reception, one of the easiest ways to reduce costs across the board is to be selective with the guest list. Prioritising groups of guests, such as immediate and extended family, close friends and co-workers, can be helpful.
Fewer guests could not only lower the stress but the bill for catering, too.