Where to save and where to splurge on your wedding
August 31, 2015
In the lead up to the big day, it can sometimes feel like there is a veritable mountain of planning ahead, involving a million choices on everything from guest numbers to the colour of the napkins and how many bridesmaids there will be.
Unless you have an unlimited budget for your big day (in which case, lucky you!) there will be undoubtedly a few areas where you'll need to do some thrifty spending to get the most out of your wedding dollars.
However, like any important event, there are some areas where you can't afford to skimp. Here's a handy guide to help you choose where to save and where to splurge.
Guest list: Save
One of the easiest ways to hike up the cost of your wedding is with an extensive guest list. The more people you invite, the larger and more expensive the venue and the catering services will have to be. Simple.
Rather than inviting every single person on your Facebook friends list, take the time to carefully consider who you want at your wedding, rather than who you think you're obliged to invite. When you take a closer look, you'll probably be able to whittle it down to you and your partner's close family, as well as special friends who will be excited to share the occasion with you.
Whether you're having a sit down reception or a casual garden party buffet, make sure the food is good. After a long day of high emotions, you and your guests will be hankering for something tasty to tuck into.
Ask around and see whether anyone you know has used a caterer that they had success with.
An integral part of any wedding venue, beautiful blossoms can be found everywhere from the church or ceremony space to the bridal bouquet and centrepieces at the reception.
However, florists charge an arm and a leg for wedding flower arrangements, especially when they're with the typical blooms – roses, peonies and the like.
Choose seasonal flowers, as well as greenery which isn't usually included in wedding arrangements – you'll be amazed at the effect you can achieve, with only a fraction of the price.
Wedding dress: Splurge
So, we may be a little bit biased on this one, but with good reason. Your wedding dress is arguably the most important gown you'll ever wear in your life, and it's not something you'll want to compromise on.
Decide on a budget that works with the rest of the wedding and go for it! When you find the perfect dress, you'll never regret it.