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Weddings can be pretty expensive but there are a few clever ways to save money on your big day. After all, they’re supposed to be happy and joyous occasions, not something that puts you into debt!

Thankfully a meaningful and memorable wedding doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are 10 easy ways you can save money on your wedding expenses.

 

1. Save money on your wedding venue

 

Try to find a venue where you can hold both your ceremony and reception. This will reduce everything from cost, decorations, transport, set up and time!

Select a venue that is already striking, unique, and only needs a little decorating and styling. Maybe the venue has a unique feature, building, architecture, or stunning outdoor area.

Choose a venue that allows you to bring your own event suppliers. This way, you can save on catering, alcohol, wait staff, table decorations and more.

Also, try to select a wedding date in the off-peak season to reduce costs, or even consider celebrating your big day on a Friday instead of the weekend.

 

2. Save money on your wedding invites and stationery

 

It is so easy to get lost in the vast range of invitation design options – Calligraphy! Vintage paper! Metallic inks! Engraving! The list goes on and you can quickly go off budget.

Why not keep it super simple. Try designing your own invitations. Try choosing a monochrome colour theme (one colour + white) to reduce the cost of inks. Alternatively you could try sending out e-invites using services such as eVite.

If all else fails, there are loads of people who are likely more crafty than yourself available through Etsy at very reasonable rates.

evite

(Invitation samples from eVite)

 

3. Ask your friends

 

Asking your friends to help with a task will not only help with your wedding expenses, it will also reduce your workload and stress.

Do you have a friend who can cook well? Who can make macarons? Who can make cards? Has lovely handwriting? Take great photos? Plays a musical instrument? Draw on their strengths and availability, and who knows, maybe you can return the favour when it’s their turn to get married.

 

4. Keep guest numbers down

 

The more guests you have, the more tables, food, drinks, decorations and space you will need.

Try to keep your wedding to close family and friends. Stick to an intimate party. Where possible, don’t invite children or work colleagues, or omit categories of friends, so you don’t offend individuals.

 

5. Save money on your wedding dress and bridal party outfits

 

If you don’t fancy spending $10,000 on a designer wedding dress, you’ll be delighted to know that many popular online stores (such as ASOS or The Iconic) have a small range of affordable bridal options, including lesser-known Australian and International designers.

These stores are a great source for dresses and suits for the bridal party, and for flower girls and page boys too.

Another option is to simply buy a white designer dress, which is not labelled as a “bridal gown”, from a boutique like Net-A-Porter, and if you buy through Cashrewards, you’ll receive 4.20% Cashback.

(ASOS offers 3.50% Cashback and The Iconic offers up to 7% Cashback)

(White dresses from Net-a-porter.com)

 

6. Save money on your bridal shoes

 

Same with bridal shoes! You don’t have to buy special wedding shoes from a special bridal range. They can just be normal white, silver, nude, tan or cream shoes.

It’s always best to get comfortable shoes in a simple and timeless style, so you can wear them again and again. Most popular online stores have a range of shoes that are very suitable for brides and bridesmaids.

Try stores like: Tony Bianco (7% Cashback), Wittner (3.50% Cashback), Siren Shoes (3.50% Cashback).

Extra tip: Have a smaller bridal party to save on costs!

(Shoes from Tony Bianco)

 

7. Jewellery doesn’t need to cost a fortune

 

If you’re buying matching jewellery sets for your bridal party, you can find online deals from retailers such as: David Jones (4.50% Cashback), Swarovski (5.50% Cashback) or Samantha Wills (5.60% Cashback). Every little bit helps.

As for your own jewellery, perhaps borrow items to add meaning, and strengthen family connections on your big day – such as, your mother’s veil, your mother-in-law’s earrings, or your grandfather’s cufflinks.

(Jewellery from Swarovski)

 

8. An easy way to save money on your wedding cake

 

One of the best ways to save on a wedding cake is to order a small cake for displaying and cutting, then order a basic sheet cake (plain rectangular cake), which can be stored in the kitchen (not for display!) and cut up later for eating.

 

9. Alcohol costs can be controlled

 

If you are planning your wedding reception at a restaurant, you probably won’t have much control over the bar. But if your venue allows for you to purchase your own alcohol, do check out your online options first.

Many vendors offer cashbacks, discounts and online coupons, such as Just Wines (up to 9.10% Cashback), BWS (up to 5.20% Cashback), Cellarmasters (6.50% Cashback), Get Wines Direct (5.60% Cashback),

It’ll be worth waiting for seasonal sales too. Buy in bulk. Limit the alcohol selections on the night.

 

10. Save money on your honeymoon expenses

 

Did you know that there are hundreds of online travel retailers that offer Cashbacks, discounts or online coupons?

If you browse through Cashrewards, you’ll be able to link right through to many popular hotel booking sites, holiday packages, car hire, tours, travel insurance, holiday resorts (and more!) to get anywhere from 1% – 21% Cashback.

Here are our favourites: Hamilton Island (4.20% Cashback), AVIS Car Rental (4.90% Cashback), Booking.com (4% Cashback), Club Med (3.50% Cashback), Lastminute.com.au (5.60% Cashback), Luxury Escapes (3.50% Cashback), Wotif (up to 5.50% Cashback).

 

Do work out what are your “must-have” items as a couple. Work together and be ready to negotiate and compromise. Don’t feel guilty about spending money where it needs to be spent.

At the end of the day, it’s more important to enjoy being together with your loved one!

 

Disclaimer: Deals, products, displayed prices, cashback rates and available retailers through Cashrewards mentioned above may change at any time without notice. This article has not been specifically sponsored in any way, by any retailer, although Cashrewards has ongoing partnerships with the stores mentioned above in order to provide you Cashback at these stores.

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Karen Cheng
Written by Karen Cheng
Karen is a freelance digital creative, art director and blogger since 1999. She loves running, yoga, reading, philanthropic endeavours and living the slow life with her husband and 3 young boys in sunny Perth.