You don't have to give up on your dreams of the perfect wedding just to save money. There are things you can do that will lower the price of your special day.
Spend a couple of weekends with your friends making some decor for your wedding. There are a number of easy projects that won't take too long and won't cost you a great deal. This is also a lovely way to personalise your wedding and create the theme and aesthetic you want.
The earlier you book, the more affordable you may find your venue, caterer and florist to be. When it comes to your venue, be sure to choose carefully. If you go with a place that already has a lot of character but may be more on the expensive side, you can save money on decorations and transforming the space.
In the same vein, if you choose a banquet hall or restaurant, they will already have tables, linen, crockery and cutlery.
Selecting your guests
The simple fact is the more people you have at your wedding, the more expensive it will be. While it's difficult to cut your list down and it might not be possible, have a good look at who you want to invite and don't be afraid to only include who you really want there to celebrate with you.
Decide what's most important to you
There will be some things you just won't want to skimp on. Are you excited about having live music, hiring a professional photographer to capture your day or walking down the aisle in the vineyard where your Granddad always took you when you were young? Identify what is most important to you and allow yourself to have splurge items. This will make it easier to stick to your budget elsewhere.
Keep a look out for sales
You can get gorgeous designer wedding dresses and decor for a fraction of the price if you're clever about when you buy. At the moment, Eternal Weddings is offering a great deal. Buy your dress through them, and you'll get a $300 or $500 discount voucher – the amount depends on the price of the dress. You're sure to find something perfect for you from a range of beautiful dresses.