How can you have that dream wedding on a budget? You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to have your beautiful dream wedding.  These money saving tips can help you save cash on your wedding day without looking cheap!

Prioritise your wedding dreams

By looking at what are the most important aspects of your wedding and use these tips to help set your wedding budget. Getting your priorities correct is important to your dream wedding, for example looking at cars or a photo booth. Which one is more important to you? By compromising it leaves room for you to splurge in others areas of your special day.

Set your wedding on a budget

Use a wedding budget planning sheet to help you keep on track. Spread your bills out throughout the year so that you don’t put everything on a credit card.

Be tough with the wedding guest list

This is the easiest way to slash your costs when trying to have a wedding on a budget. This is your most intimate day and really the people you want to spend it with are your family and closest friends – Not your third cousin and partner you have never met. Not only will this save you money, but you will enjoy spending this meaningful day with the people you value the most.

Have an out of season wedding

You can cut a third of the costs of a wedding by having it in winter. Or you could skip the Saturday wedding and choose another day – availability and prices can differ greatly depending on the day you choose.

Cut Wedding Reception Costs

Opt for a wedding lunch reception, cocktail or high tea instead of dinner. You can then get away for your honeymoon night earlier!

Alternative Wedding Venues

Why not choose a different venue instead of an expensive wedding reception halls? Backyard weddings, beach weddings, parks, historic places can all provide a beautiful and romantic venue for a wedding to remember.

Save on Wedding Stationery

Make your own wedding invitations, menu and stationery, or you can buy online and save. Shopping around online can help you save money when planning a wedding on a budget.

DIY Wedding Decorations

Do it yourself table decorations and bonbonniere – there are plenty of $2 shops that have craft items to help make decorations at a reasonable cost – be inventive and creative, or you can make one bonbonniere per couple. The bonbonniere can also act as place cards on the table. Re-use ceremony flowers for the reception and cake table.

Save on Drinks

Offer beer, wine & a signature cocktail instead of a full bar or choose an all-inclusive package so that the cost of drinks don’t go through the roof. Some venues also allow you to bring your own alcohol.

Cut your Reception Food Costs

Cut out dessert and use your cake as the dessert instead. Instead of choosing the expensive beef and seafood main courses look at the cheaper chicken options where the chef can really show his culinary skills.

Cut wedding cake costs

Use fresh flowers on your wedding cake instead of sugar ones which are more expensive.  For the reception & cutting the cake ceremony, use a small cake or two tier and then have a larger cake in the kitchen for serving.

Save on Wedding Music

Use a playlist with an iPod for your wedding and reception music instead of hiring a DJ. Hire experienced students from a music school rather than the pricey string quartet.

Remember…saving money doesn’t mean forgoing style. By following these tips and with a little extra effort, some imagination and creativity, you can have that dream wedding on a budget. And with the extra money you save, you can splurge on the things that really will make your wedding special like the wedding photography or the wedding car of your dreams!