There are a few key ways to save money when planning your wedding, and they're best put into play from the outset of planning (ie. not towards the end when the budget gets tighter!) Here are our top tips for saving pennies on your big day...
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1. Have a budget in mind and track EVERYTHING - just paid for stamps to go onto invitations, add it in.
2. Decide on your priorities for the day and focus your spending there. If your priority is that the food is great and the dance floor is pumping, your priorities could be choosing a highly-recommended caterer and a band as opposed to a DJ.
3. Approach potential suppliers and vendors with what you'd like to spend - you'll find most wedding suppliers are small businesses who want to work with you and will therefore help you tailor a package that fits within your budget, as opposed to writing them off as "too expensive" from the outset.
4. DIY vs Full-Service venues - it's assumed that a full-service venue will be more expensive than a "DIY" venue, but at the end of the day, the costs associated with the DIY add up much quicker than you realise. Think about a DIY marquee-style wedding where you have to separately hire each chair, table, piece of cutlery, kitchen equipment, loos and lighting - it adds up!
5. DIY vs Hire Decorations - hiring is always more affordable than making things yourself or purchasing. For example, you might be able to buy glasses from Kmart for $2 each but the time and effort involved in going to the shops, bringing them all home, cleaning them, storing them, transporting them to and from the venue, packing them up and then trying to decide what to do with them afterwards is MUCH more time consuming than just hiring them for $4 each, which includes delivery, cleaning. It's also a much more environmentally-friendly way to choose sustainably and hire.
6. Don't be afraid to compare quotes of potential suppliers. But if you really love the work of one particular photographer, for example, make that your "splurge" expense.
7. Ask for help! There are plenty of wedding planners and coordinators out there who offer a once-off planning session for a low fee where they can help you work out what things might cost and where to go to find the best "deals". The same goes for your other suppliers, once you've booked a venue, they will happily offer advice and send you to their preferred suppliers who will look after you.
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Hope this helps and please feel free to reach out if we can help with anything further!
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